What I’ve learnt about style Fash­ion tips from an in­dus­try ex­pert

Vic­to­ria ham­ble­don, 51, the founder of in­de­pen­dent de­part­ment store the ham­ble­don, shares her fash­ion se­crets

Woman & Home - - In This Issue… -

1 KEEP YOUR OUT­FIT SIM­PLE More, for me, is al­ways too much. I pre­fer a more min­i­mal ap­proach.

2 BE TRUE TO YOUR­SELF I learnt very early on that although my cool friends could get away with wear­ing char­ity shop finds, I ended up look­ing like my granny. Dress so that you feel com­pletely like your­self.

3 STICK TO CRISP WHITE TRAIN­ERS they’ll go with ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing.

4 i AL­WAYS ROLL UP MY SHIRTSLEEVES – show­ing a bit of flesh is al­ways good, but mainly it’s about not feel­ing too prissy, and ready for work.

5 I PRE­FER TO DRESS DOWN as I don’t like to draw at­ten­tion to my­self, I find un­der-dress­ing in any sit­u­a­tion is best. a boiler suit at a party is per­fectly ac­cept­able to me!

6 SKIP THE AC­CES­SORIES ac­ces­soris­ing for me just feels like too much clut­ter. I work in re­tail and spend much of my day un­pack­ing boxes or run­ning up and down stairs, so I don’t like too much ex­tra­ne­ous stuff clank­ing about. the­ham­ble­don.com w&h

“you can’t go wrong with a pair of sim­ple white train­ers”

Vic­to­ria wears: Shirt, £189, sizes 8-18, mai­son labiche. knit, £165, sizes s-l, amer­i­can Vin­tage. trousers, £149, sizes 8-18, bellerose. train­ers, £109, Spring Court at the ham­ble­don

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