To socialize or talk informally preferably over a drink. Word forms: 3rd person singular present tense hobnobs, present participle hobnobbing, past tense, past participle hobnobbed.
But honestly. Hobnob is a safe space for women who prefer iced coffee over a perfectly curated wardrobe. It’s a daycare center for women who are intrigued by trends, but also don’t care. It is an open bar for those who swear on vintage Chanel and whose pension funds hang in their closets.
Words, Tora Northman Photos, Nova Northman
Tora Northman is a London-based writer and Prada enthusiastic.
Tora is wearing Acne Studios sunglasses, vest and trousers. Shirt is by Gucci and the shoes are, already iconic, Bottega Veneta puddle boots.
A life without getting dressed really sucks. Honestly, I feel like I’m rotting. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the UK hard earlier this year, we were put into a six-month long lockdown which included many days in sweatpants, working from home from the sofa, bed or kitchen table. Now, we’ve come full circle and we’re once again in lockdown.
As cheesy as it may sound, so much of my joy and happiness comes from clothes. Am I materialistic? Yes, definitely, but nothing makes me feel better than a really good outfit. I don’t even think I realized how much of a role clothing has played in my life until it was taken from me against my will earlier this year, and I stopped dressing up and doing my hair and makeup. For those of you who have also spent a significant amount of time in lockdown, without stores, offices, restaurants or pubs being open, I’m sure you understand my frustration.
Tora is wearing vintage blazer, T-shirt by Marine Serre and skirt by Zara. The shoes are Maison Margiela’s Tabi Toes and tiny bag Jacquemus.
“I don’t even think I realized how much of a role clothing has played in my life until it was taken from me against my will earlier this year”
To make myself better, I’ve gotten dressed up to take some photos. Self-absorbed? 100%, but it makes me feel great so I really don’t care. Throughout lockdown, I’ve bought some of my favourite pieces. In fact, my birthday on March 15 was the day before lockdown was enforced in London, which is when I finally got my hands on my dream Bottega Veneta boots. I’ve since invested in everything from a vintage Prada wool jacket, to a Jacquemus blazer, Acne Studios trousers and a Bottega Veneta cassette bag. So many beautiful pieces to wear, nowhere to wear them. That leads me to the point of this editorial. Getting dressed up for absolutely no reason. Enjoy x
Tora is wearing suit by Acne Studios and shoes by Margiela.
Tora is wearing vintage sweatshirt and Brandy Melville sweatpants with a Burberry trench coat, Bottega Veneta boots and Prada clutch.
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You’re not materialistic at all. Fashion is self-expression. It’s how we communicate with others. It’s another piece of our community that we’ve lost in the pandemic and I for one are with you. I’m missing it!