Before we proceed any further, hear me speak (Coriolanus)! The bard knew what was what 400 years ago, but who’d have thought he’d translate so well into 21st century life? In the millennial’s guide to Shakespeare, read how to incorporate his infamous phrases into your day to day routine…
‘Out damn spot!’
Ah, those infamous words from the Scottish play! Except, it’s unlikely that you’ll be frantically trying to rub metaphorical blood off your hands from the murder of King… Use instead in Zara when you’ve spied the perfect spotty top hiding behind a sea of tangled coat hangers; ‘Out of the corner damn spotty, tie-up, cotton blouse!’.
‘I am one who loved not wisely but too well.’
When you’ve caught your boyfriend swiping through Tinder but you’ve taken him back… again. He’s sure to change this time, right?
‘Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?’
It’s three in the morning, you’ve been dancing all night, you’ve devoured your 14 inch margherita, now WHERE is that Uber driver? Oh, he’s lost, he doesn’t understand your dodgy directions. It’s probably best just to beck and call him from the street, ‘Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?’, he’s bound to come whizzing through the moonlight in his Ford Mondeo if you use that phrase…
‘Why, then the world’s mine oyster, / Which I with sword will open.’
What you shout every time you’ve had a motivational speech with your girlfriends. #icandothis #theworldisfullofpossibility #chasinggoals #dreambig.
‘All that glitters is is not gold.’
Your thoughts every time you see yet another blogger prancing around Positano in their Dolce & Gabbana floral dress… Surely they’ve got hidden issues beneath that perma tan and mane of thick, sun-kissed waves? Like maybe their pet has died or they’re avoiding tax? Maybe?
‘Neither a borrower nor a lender be; for a loan oft loses both itself and a friend.’
What you should cry every time you’ve handed out money to your work colleagues because they’ve ‘forgotten’ their lunch and they’ve also ‘forgotten’ to pay you back. ‘Jeeeez, Sandra, that’s £43.72 you owe you from chicken and chorizo paninis!!!’.
‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?’
Every day looking out your window in July and the heaven’s are open. Really, summer, do you remember what you should be like? Sunshine, laughter, people skipping on the streets wearing light-weight garments… Ah, for it to be a summer’s day again!
‘Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more!’
The phrase every single girl should use after a bathroom stop on a night out. Lipstick applied? Hair artfully dishevelled? Half a G&T in hand? Once more unto the breach!
What I’m Wearing
Top | Zara, here
Trousers | Zara, here
Jacket | Loavies, here
Sandals | Shein, here
Sunglasses | Topshop, linked below
Rings | Mejuri (use code ‘LYDIA’ for $20, or equivalent, off your purchase)
Earrings | H&M, similar linked below
Watch | Henry London, here