I’ve recently had something very special come into my life. Something I never thought I would be mine. Sure, I needed some parental help with it, and I’ve had to learn a lot about how to look after it. Everything feels different now I have it, and I know I'll never let it go.
Most importantly, heaven forbid a hot (or cold) beverage comes anywhere near it.
It’s not every jumper that you immediately forge a lifelong bond with but Bella Freud has me head over tiny heels. I’ve never paid much attention when fashion journalists talk about “investment pieces”. My hyperactive thirst for new and shiny things means I’ve been pretty content on the high street and too flighty to get excited by “classic” fashion.
But I’ve realised that classic doesn’t have to mean dull and nondescript. Classic is subjective. It’s a piece of clothing or jewellery that exists outside of trends or seasons, but more importantly you are innately drawn to it. This is a personal connection, not some cheap pang of lust. You can’t stop thinking about it. However secure your sense of self, it’s enhanced when you wear this. Practically, it will go with almost everything you own. Spiritually, it will make you feel more complete.
This jumper was a birthday present a while ago from my ludicrously generous parents and I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that life will never be the same again. I’m not saying that before I owned it I couldn’t bring down the patriarchy, I’m just saying it’s a lot more likely now.
A Bella Freud jumper is kind of a fashion lover’s classic. It’s not a Burberry check or a Louis Vuitton logo which might be recognisable to people who don’t have any interest in fashion. It’s more of a Missoni zig-zag knit or a Mary Katrantzou digital print. When I get an appreciative glance or a knowing nod, I know it’s for real. It’s secret code for “I know what you know and that is that your jumper has magical powers. Nice one. High Five. Right on.”
But most people couldn’t give a toss what I’m wearing and I’m not expecting plaudits from all corners, or people hurriedly curtseying in the street as they see me coming. The point is, in this jumper, I kind of feel like they are. BOW DOWN PEASANTS, BELLA ‘S GOT MY BACK.*
*Possible empowerment overload