GROWING PAINS - HOODY

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Weird confession: I hate buying my own hoodies. 

I think that this habit has stemmed from my five years at an all-girls' boarding school, where the ultimate 'it' item, sartorially speaking, was a hoody with the logo of a boys' school on. Wearing one of those said, "Yeah, I've got a male acquaintance who attends St. Peter's Royal Academy for Trustafarians*." Or, more simply, "I KNOW AND ACTUALLY SOCIALISE WITH AT LEAST ONE BOY." This may sound seriously lame, but living with 300 girls and not a whiff of testosterone, an hour away from a city, boys were about as elusive as unicorns (in fact, I spent quite a lot of time searching for unicorns in the woods; I was never quite so hopeful as to bother to look for a boy there). 

There was only one thing cooler to wear than a boys' school hoody, which was a school rugby shirt with an actual boy's name on the back. Because that said, "Yeah, I've got a male acquaintance who attends SPRAT, and he's a rugby player which means he's seriously cool, AND he likes me enough to give me his rugby shirt, despite the fact that they're custom ordered and his coach will probably kick his ass for giving it away." 

It worked the same way for boys' schools, too, apparently. You'd see many a young toff wondering down the Kings Road on their weekends out, bearing hoodies emblazoned with the emblem "Pudding Norton House for Trainee Tennis Wives**", or PNHTTW for short, strutting their stuff and looking so desperately chuffed with themselves for having acquired such a trophy. Amazing, really, isn't it, the value which we used to place on what was essentially a smelly, stained piece of P.E. kit. Oh, single-sex education. 

(In hindsight, I should add, I'm pretty sure most people just nicked them off their siblings. I sure as hell did. Because sure as hell no-one was going to give brace-face Mo their hoody, voluntarily. Criiiiinge.)

SCCWID hoodies were the other main contender for fashionable attire at boarding school - however, they were for a good cause, so that seems slightly less cringe-worthy and ridiculous.

Recently, however, I found myself without a hoody (they have a way of wandering off), and sometimes you just need hoody days. Sadly, I couldn't actually steal one off the boy (he's super-trendy and doesn't actually own one - plus he spends even more money on his clothes than me, so I always feel a bit nervous when I'm wearing something of his. Because I spill drinks on myself. A lot), and also I think at the grand old age of 22, I'd feel a bit ridiculous wearing a "I HAVE A BOYFRIEND!" statement piece. That ship has most definitely sailed (maybe). 

Fortunately, I managed to pick up this beaut in a Gap outlet a few weeks ago. Last night was quite debaucherous - all of these street parties and festivities are in danger of turning me into quite the Royalist, you know - and so today is most definitely a hoody day - a day to read, bake, and basically just slob around and be comfortable.

And it's an extra-large, so maybe I can trick my friends into thinking that it actually belongs to a boy!

Anyway, that was a massive tangent; here's what I wore today.

Hoody - Gap; Necklaces - Gifts; Top - The Kooples; Chords - H&M; Boots - Vintage
Also, I picked up this gorilla top at The Kooples pre-season sale last weekend, and it makes me LAUGH. I like to pull gorilla faces when wearing it (see above).

Did this hoody thing make any sense to any of you? Or are you just a little more certain than before that I'm clinically insane?

Mona.

*   Sadly, this is not the name of an actual school, but you get the idea.
** Ditto. 

21 comments:

  1. Loved this post :) I used to obsessively wear either my St. Paul's Girls hoodie or a Burger King one! Nice contrast I feel. Then at uni I moved on to my society hoodies, then a massively oversized skiing one, and now I've settled with a coca cola number. Phew, enjoyed hearing my history of hoodies there? Haha. I love how loaded with meaning they are.

    Great photos, especially the growling one. The hoodie looks sooo comfy too xx

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    1. Hoody history is so funny... I have so many manky old ones that I will just NEVER throw away!

      Thank you! The hoody is super-comfy, it feels like pajamas.

      Mona x

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  2. A hoody feels best when it wasn't originally your own. Fact.

    x

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    1. Wise words there, Alice. Wise words. :)

      Mona x

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  3. I think I would have died if I went to a boarding school. So many girls means so many bitches lol! Coz I went to a mixed school I never really saw any of this but I am aware of the whole, "wear my boyfriends clothes" thing. Don't think any guys I went to school with would have returned the favour though lol!

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    1. Oh dear, I may have painted a slightly over-pessimistic view of boarding school. It was super-super fun, really! Although you totally dodged a bullet with hoodie-wars. Seriously!

      Mona x

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  4. Ha, great post. You're bringing back the boarding school memories...had forgotten all about SCCWID; those were the days eh?!

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    1. Thank you! SCCWID hoodies were good times... Someone pinched mine from the school laundry...

      Mona x

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  5. Love the Kooples top! Gorgeous!
    Jen@www.pret-a-style.com

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  6. I can't get over the name of your old boarding school, what a mouthful! I actually don't own a zip-up hoodie and I feel as if I need to sort that out pronto. I loveee your Kooples tee! xx

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    1. Hahaha that's not the actual name (although it's not far off, to be fair!). I think you should definitely sort that out! Thank you!

      Mona x

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  7. Hahaha oh man, this makes sense I AM GUILTY. I have Lee's leavers hoody - could there be a bigger honour?! Despite the fact it says 08 in huge letters on the back and has numerous holes it is still my go to hoody. I also have a SolCal boys one as womens are always too tight in all the unforgiving places. I love your outfit and the tshirt is awesome! xxx

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    1. LEAVERS HOODY?! I bow down to you, you would have ruled my school...

      Mona x

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  8. Aw this post made me laugh! I definitely get it. Although, is it wrong that I think boys wearing girls' hoodies is weird but not vice versa?

    LOVE the gorilla t-shirt. And the gorilla face.
    xx
    emsipop.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. No, I know what you mean, it did seem a little odd.

      Thank you, it's one of my nicer faces probably ;)

      Mona x

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  9. It was never like that for me at school. I used to wear my bf's carhartt hoody he didn't wear anymore... I would have been popular at your school! Haha x

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    1. At my school, HAVING a boyfriend basically gave you demi-God status.

      Mona x

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  10. Love that tee and your gorilla face :) xx

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