This was a reference to the bright blue knitted smock dress that teamed so nicely with her long-sleeved top and grey-blue tights (is anyone else giggling at the sight of streets of multi-coloured legs?).
“Only trouble is, a few of the other girls have got the same dress. But I was the first to wear it, so that’s OK. It’s mine – they’re the copyists.”
And that’s what it’s all about. Ownership. There are more extreme examples. A friend of a friend did her autumn shopping at Primark recently. £100, 10 dresses, all done thank you very much. Then the anxiety set in. “She has to wear them all before anyone else does,” said my friend, “or they’re useless to her.” So that’s what she did – wore them all on consecutive days and now those coveted dresses are off-limits to the rest of her office.
To the quickest, the laurel. Is this the same for you? Do you have a certain colour that is unique to you that your friends cannot wear around you? Perhaps you’re loyal to a particular brand that your colleagues feel nervous of duplicating, or are you not allowed to enter a certain fashion territory thanks to a friend’s fierce ownership? Or maybe you know people who flagrantly duplicate your style. Does any of it matter?
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