I was interviewed recently for a local magazine and I thought I’d share with you the questions I was asked and my very honest answers, so here goes…
What does personal style mean?
Blimey, where do I start! What is inherently right for you, makes you feel like a million dollars, makes you feel your best and look your best by wearing the right colours and silhouette that bring out the best in you. It’s not about following the crowd, it’s about having the confidence to dress for you and no one else. Colour, shape, lifestyle, personality, budget etc. all play a part in your execution of personal style.
How would you describe your own personal style?
I would describe my style as varied, modern and chic with a twist! I love to accessorise and add lots of colour. I change my style according to my mood (colour always lifts my spirits), my audience (who I am seeing that day) and the weather (I feel the cold and love my thermal vests!). What I find fascinating is how others perceive my style. Here are some words that clients’ have used to describe my style on Facebook: “Modern, fun, colourful, bold, eclectic, vital and vibrant.”
Fashion is all about making a personal style statement, but how important is it to follow trends?
Personally, I’m not a slave to trends and I tell my clients not to be too! If the trend doesn’t sit well with your personality and lifestyle, don’t try and shoehorn them in. You have to feel comfortable and confident in what you are putting next to your skin and some trends just won’t suit you.
How would you describe your personal style of learning (how you learn best)?
I’m a definitely a visual learner: I need to see it to believe it. That’s why I shop regularly to check out new trends; how looks are put together and accessorised; how footwear plays a vital part in pulling a whole look together etc. I do browse through magazines and I am a big people watcher. I love seeing how people throw their outfits together – sometimes I think they get it spot on, other times (more often than not) they tend to go awry.
How can one customise their clothes to give them some unique edge and personal style?
Shorten the hemline – especially if the skirt/dress sits mid-calf, it is far more flattering if it’s to the knee or just above.
Make your sleeves shorter – 3/4 length is ever so flattering as it draws attention to your accessories for example bangles, watch or statement rings.
Add a brooch, sequins or sparkle to knitwear, jackets and coats.
Add vertical taping to the outside of a trouser seam – It’s a great way to update trousers you’ve had for ages, but are bored to death of. If it is still in good nick, you can make them look current and sporty.
On a job application they ask “What inspires your personal style?” What would you write?
I am inspired by a variety of things: architecture, art, home furnishings, flora and fauna, celebrities and the practicalities of life as a working mum. I want to look good and dress 10 years younger than I am, I never want to be accused of looking frumpy. Think about your style icons, whose style do you see in magazines that you’d like to emulate ? For me it would be Alexa Chung, Olivia Palermo, and Audrey Hepburn etc.
How would others describe your style?
Recently, I asked my followers on Facebook this question and here are a list of words they used to describe my style:
“Modern, fun, colourful, bold, eclectic, vibrant, classy, flirty, trendy and timeless.”