HOW TO BE WELL-DRESSED
THE KEY PIECES
If you find a look that works for you, stick to it. I’m at my most comfortable in jeans and a blazer, and I’m not afraid of wearing different cuts of denim. I love skinny jeans, but I’m feeling a flare at the moment — I’m really liking a wide leg. The pencil skirt is one of the most useful items to have in your wardrobe, as it’s always saucy — especially in black — and seems to work for almost everyone.
LOOK TO THE PAST
Most women will have an era in fashion that they’re drawn towards for inspiration. I really love the late Sixties and Seventies, around the time of The Rolling Stones. I don’t channel it in everything I wear, but it does seem to feed through most outfits. The late part of the Sixties was an exciting time, with lots of changes in the fashion industry. It’s important to have some inspiration or a reference point when you’re dressing.
WORK YOUR STYLE
It’s often only other people who notice you have a signature style. I don’t think I’ve got one, though other people tell me I do. But it doesn’t matter — even if you do tend to wear the same things all the time, it’s how you wear them and your attitude that counts. Dressing is like modelling — you can constantly adapt and change.
DRESS FOR YOUR MOOD
If you’re going to an important dinner, you should plan what you’re going to wear, as you don’t want to look silly. If I’m going to an event, I make sure I plan ahead, so that I don’t have a fashion crisis. However, most of the time, I dress depending on my mood. I just throw on whatever I feel like wearing at the time, which tends to come from the palette of black, grey or red. If I’m having an off-day, I’ll wear full black.
BE PREPARED TO SUFFER
I prefer to be comfortable, and sometimes fancy wearing flat shoes, but there are definitely occasions where you’ve just got to go with heels. There are some comfortable heels that you can run around in, but, sometimes, it’s more important to be well-presented than to be comfortable.
THE FINISHING TOUCHES
It’s important to accessorise, and I always turn to the scarves, hats and sunglasses in my wardrobe. But wearing too many accessories at once can look very bad. I don’t have any strict rules, but my husband does say not to wear a hat with glasses, because I look as if I’m trying to wear a disguise. I always have a pair of Ray-Bans in my bag and lots of pairs at home because they seem to go missing. They’re a real staple. And jewellery? I don’t think you can ever have too much