08h17. Your alarm goes off for the third time in fifteen minutes. You may struggle rolled up in your duvet, but you must resolve: it is time to get up. You stagger towards the bathroom when suddenly, you almost stumble upon seeing your reflection. You have a grey complexion, drawn features, and bags under your eyes that look like a Wonderbra.

Looking heavy, you think of taking the day off, before you remember you have no more left. You can still call in sick, but the thought of not getting paid only makes you more depressed. Unless you want to lose your job and make friends with your employment centre counsellor — which is still an honourable choice — you should get going.

A few well chosen pieces will help you face the day in style. If you’re going to get the allure of a London rocker the day after a concert, you might as well exploit it: play on nonchalance, without making any effort. Here’s our survival kit, guaranteed unisex.

“True Match” – L’Oréal foundation: a range with a light, natural finish and a wide range of complexions. Subtly enough to mask a dug up-skin.
Andrea” – Over Paris trench: a modernised version of the trench coat, with an oversize cut you’ll feel comfortable in, that will go well with the jean / sweat ; tee-shirt ; sweater at the top of the pile (scratch the unnecessary mention) combo.
“Anita” glasses – ACNE: shades that hide dark circles, on a sophisticated shape that screams “don’t talk to me”. (“I’m broke” version here.)
Striped cap – AMI: because you don’t want to brush your hair.
“Classic Chuck” – Converse sneakers: comfort, comfort, comfort… Preferably, chose the leather version for a more mature look.
“Mode EQ” – Marshall headphones : protect yourself from others.
Gucci hand jewelry: can be useful against anyone trying to steal your place in the subway… •

Zackary
Hugh Hefner's and Donatella Versace's love child, I am the visible half of the duo behind ZACKARIUM. In love with fashion since I was in short pants, my mission is to guide you smoothly through the jungle of brands and catwalks.