Julia Fox braved the supermarket in her pants. Would you?
Head to head: This week, our favourite celebrity did her food shop in a bikini. She looked brilliant, but do the same rules apply to us normies? THE FACE debates.
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The UK’s weather forecast is about as reliable as a National Rail train so, understandably, we’ve been basking in the early May sunshine like it’s our first ever dose of vitamin D. Windows are wide open, tinnies have been cracked and the factor 50 is slathered on – we’re taking no chances here.
One of the greatest rituals of British summertime is the yearly public unveiling of the country’s topless blokes the second the weather forecast edges anywhere past a paltry 20 degrees (not in a pervy way, promise). There is something so brilliantly, hilariously British about pot-bellied geezers walking down high streets, the aisles of supermarkets or even perched in local pub gardens, loud and proud with red-raw sunburn, sipping a frosty lager and basking in the rays. Never mind Lizzie, those lot are our national heroes.
Earlier this week, Julia Fox – one of Hollywood’s greatest subverters – sort of followed suit, when she took to the supermarket in her underwear (and a denim trench coat with matching knee-high boots). Papped loading her shopping from the trolley to the boot of her car, she looked completely nonchalant for someone doing normal things half-naked. And that’s why I’m all for it.
Sunglasses firmly on her head, our Fox exuded the very same confidence of Britain’s topless crusaders. Like them, she doesn’t care what you think. And why should she? She’s only keeping cool in the Los Angeles sun. As Fox herself put it on her Instagram story, “I just think that if it’s socially acceptable at the beach it should be the same everywhere lol.” Right on.
For the past year or so, fashion has ridden the hedonistic wave of an anything goes approach, where clothes are bigger, louder and harder than the sweats of the bygone lockdown days. Kendall Jenner perfected the art of the skikini pic in winter, jewellery’s getting XXL and hardcore glamour? We called it first.
Admittedly, I’m not entirely sure what supermarkets over here would have to say about it. Loads of them have enacted rules over the years that stop us normies shopping in pyjamas, swim attire and, sure enough, pants. Julia Fox isn’t a normie, though. I’d advise leaving this one to the pros.
Stay cool, Julia.
TJ Sidhu, Junior Editor
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Call me granny, but this look is rather impractical, although I seriously admire Julia Fox’s tireless commitment to fashun (or, at least, getting papped in it). And boy, does she look great.
The Uncut Jhams star is undoubtedly one of the best performance artists of our time. Whether she’s slipping us quotable one-liners or fronting a nearly-nude, ab-tastic look, we’re sitting here scrolling, liking, sharing – literally lapping it all up. What Paris and Nicole were to thousands of die-hard Simple Life fans in the early-aughts, Fox is to the TikTok generation. But let’s cut back to the look. There are three factors that make this “popping to the shops” ensemble somewhat unsuitable.
Number one: the heels. Have you ever tried standing solid on the number 73 bus in a pair of stilettos, let alone tottering around a supermarket pushing a trolley over the slip and slide-ready floor in a thin kitten heel? Go on, I dare you. And don’t get me started on the weight of those water bottle multipacks. Had Fox opted for a pair of platforms, I could be persuaded the other way.
Number two: as much as I love the bag, and the triple-denim Y2K aesthetic (Britney and Justin, eat your heart out), it’s skimming the floor, setting her off-balance. Why make things harder for yourself, babe? I can only hope she slings her jag (jean bag) in the trolley whilst perusing the aisles.
Number three: what happens when you need to lean over the counter in the frozen section to grab a bag of peas? You’d freeze. Sure, the stilettos might add to your height, in turn extending the depth of said lean, but supermarkets are notoriously cold establishments. And that’s one chilly look. My sartorial supermarket suggestion? Better to keep the clothing hot, Miss Fox.
Brooke McCord, Digital Director
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Two very strong arguments, but with an explanation like that, we’re going with FOR wearing pants to the supermarket. Julia’s right – if it works for the beach, what’s the difference to, say, a supermarket? Rules are meant to be broken, baby. Long live the Fox.
It’s since been confirmed Miss Fox is dressed in Alexander Wang’s new body wear capsule that’s set to launch 13th July.