How would you define your personal style?
I never have and probably never will be able to ‘define’ my style. I dress according to how I feel or what I’m doing during the day. I often change my outfit more than once if my mood changes or if I get bored of whatever it is I’m wearing. One thing that doesn’t change is that I always have to be comfortable in what I’m wearing. I’m a dancer, so I make sure that I’m wearing something suitable enough to dance in no matter where I am.
Do you find that you follow fashion trends or do you play by your own rules?
I think that, to some extent, it’s impossible to completely dismiss fashion trends without having to put in tremendous effort. I wouldn’t, however, say that I ’follow’ fashion trends. I just wear what I think looks good whether it be current or from several seasons/years ago.
Are there colours that you tend to shy away from, and if so why?
I used to be crazy about any and every colour under the sun. My philosophy when getting dressed was to be as colourful as possible. Then something changed, I suppose it was around winter, then exams, and I went through a long period of blacks, greys and navys. I’m only now adding colour to my waredrobe again. Recently, when shopping I haven’t found a colour yet that I really dislike or that doesn’t suit me- I suppose that’s the good thing about being a brown woman.
As a child were you always into clothes or did you grow into your own fashion sense?
I definitely had to grow into understanding fashion and how to dress; in fact, I’d say that I’m still learning about dressing according to what suits me etc. As a child I was always aware of different trends and wanted to dress well, but when it came to actually executing certain looks- never could get it right.
How does your day to day life factor into your wardrobe choices?
I’ve just finished school in which from Monday to Friday I was forced into a terribly unflattering and identity-stripping school uniform [square blazer, tie etc.]. Thus, as soon as I’d get home, I’d be out of it and into something far more… me. At home I’m almost always in some baggy harem pants or leggings. When I dance it’s shorts, loose tshirts and sneakers all the way. For church, long maxi dresses or a preppyesque look. And when out with friends, it varies. I like playing dress-up: one day I may be studying french in my ‘J’adore Paris’ tee and another, feeling very lady-like sipping some tea and reading some literature in a dainty little summer dress.
Are there any designers you like to wear or whose clothing stands out with you?
There are very few high fashion collections from which I can afford to buy pieces; however, as far as designers go, my favourites range immensely. I’ve always loved the effortlessness of clothing from Isabel Marant and Alexander Wang. The understated edginess of collections ranging from Chanel to Acne. And the elegance of Lanvin and Stella McCartney. These are only a few designers from which I draw my fashionspiration from.
Your five must-haves as a girl:
Only five? How about seven!!
- You can never have too many tank tops
- At least one pair of well fitting jeans is a necessity.
- Don’t overthink what you’re wearing. [although admittedly I’m guilty of this]
- Be smart about heels, the most comfortable are expensive but worth it.
- Be daring, don’t be afraid to try new things.
- Please don’t over-do makeup, minimal/natural is best.
& most importantly
- Rock your clothes confidently. ‘Confidence is the best fashion accessory’
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