SOS! Choose Paula’s Outfit!

16 June 2010

Another day: another wardrobe crisis. Am speaking tomorrow night at the cavernous Methodist Central Hall for the Intelligence Squared debate. The motion is ‘Fashion Maketh Woman’ and I am speaking for the motion: natch!

I have been sweating over my speech for a week and I’m still not ready. I wholeheartedly believe in what I’m talking about: it’s just having to deliver it to a hall of 2,000 people that is FREAKING ME OUT.

What am I going to wear? Need something that delivers above-the-table impact because the speakers all sit behind one…..even when they are speaking.


I’ve whittled it down to a few choices. I think the occasion calls for the grown up, glamour of Oscar De La Renta: powerful and feminine, with serious fashion cred. But is it too glittery for the Methodist Hall?

Or should I wear British? Berardi delivers impact but in a hall that size will I disappear in grey?


Love the Osman Yousefzada - and I know that colour really works for me, but the killer detail is at the back.

And the wild card (for me) is the Alexander Wang, but I am tortured that it is too sporty and too young for the occasion.
What do you think?

[PS if you would like to come along and here Paula speak you can book your tickets, at The debate Fashion Maketh Woman, is tomorrow, Thursday, 17th June, at Methodist Central Hall, London] All dresses available from

- Paula Reed


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