When you travel, you may hit those travel book high spots starred and written in boldface. Why not? They’re tourist stops for a reason. We check ’em off our list like everyone else does. But we also like walking neighborhoods, stopping in at little markets and local restaurants, and checking out what’s au courant, if you will, at the big stores in town.
So, when Bert said he needed new socks, we ducked into Selfridges (We’re fans of Mr. Selfridge on Masterpiece) and headed straight upstairs to the men’s section. And that’s where Party-Ready Fashion, London style, greeted us squarely at the top!
Now, if you follow our blog, you know we fall into geezer categories — safe, comfortable travel; safe, comfortable travel clothes. Nothing flashy. Rather ordinary. So, consider Selfridges the point at which our learning curve began. And try to picture us being Party Ready!
It was upstairs to the men’s department where it all began. And we knew we weren’t in Tennessee any more.
For one thing, there was a nod to Bieber and ball hats from NY all in one place.
Second, some fashion attire fell into the category of scary, at least for us.
Third, we recognized a few familiar labels, like Burberry and Tom Ford.
But new things kept popping up at every turn. Are these what we think they are? Full patterned suits — flamingos, Christmas, even cartoon characters? Yep. That’s what they are! And flying off the racks.
And shoes. Hundreds of shoes. Racks and racks of shoes. Fashionable ones by designers we knew . . .
and some we didn’t know. (We don’t get out much, I suppose.)
Bert finally spied a pair of running shoes he could wear to Big Orange UT football games in Knoxville if we had room in our carry-on.
But back to the beginning of this journey. Remember those socks that led us upward to the men’s department of Selfridges? When it was all said and done, Bert had found some in every color, stripe, and design. In the end, however, he selected a conservative, throwback, gray argyle to wear on the trip. Sigh.
We’re just not party-ready, I guess!
For more information:
Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London, England. http://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/content/store/london