‘IN PRAISE OF STRANGE STYLE CRUSHES’

The Mail on Sunday - You - - Editor’s Letter - @ jo_elvin @ jo_elvin @ ed­i­[email protected]

Do you have a style icon? Some­one whose sar­to­rial game you ad­mire and use to in­spire your own wardrobe choices? I’ve worked in fash­ion mag­a­zines for many years but I only found my own style con­fi­dence in my 30s, and for that I credit the fash­ion ed­i­tors and stylists with whom I’ve worked closely. It’s great to share an of­fice with fash­ion ex­perts who must po­litely en­dure my end­less re­quests for ad­vice. I think our fash­ion di­rec­tor Shelly is al­ready tired of me ask­ing things such as, ‘Am I too old to wear leather?’ or sim­ply, ‘Am I al­lowed to like this?’

But what I re­ally get a kick out of is find­ing fash­ion in­spi­ra­tion in the un­like­li­est of places. I’m in­spired by a lot of men – I would pay good money for a rum­mage through Keith Richards’s 60s wardrobe. Or, prob­a­bly the most random fash­ion ref­er­ence buzzing around my mind, the mayor from Jaws. You might laugh, but I’ve spent years search­ing in vain for a blazer he wore in one iconic scene: pale blue with tiny white an­chors. It’s nau­ti­cal, it’s jaunty, it’s every­thing I love about re­sort chic! Even more ob­scure is my love for the out­fits worn by Mrs Fox in the an­i­mated ver­sion of Fan­tas­tic Mr Fox. Her snug-fit­ting, but some­how still prim, day dresses are the stuff of my dreams.

So I was de­lighted to dis­cover a brand-new un­likely style icon re­cently: Princess Anne, as fea­tured on page 38. In a world ob­sessed with the ev­ery out­fit choice of the Duchesses of Cam­bridge and Sus­sex, we could all be for­given for never think­ing of Anne when we think of fash­ion. But when The Mail on Sun­day’s ed­i­tor was ri­fling through pho­tos of Prince Charles for a 70th birth­day spe­cial, he found a stun­ning pic­ture of her, re­splen­dent in a head-to-toe white tai­lored look. Com­plete with a chunky metal belt, she could have stepped off this sea­son’s Gucci cat­walk. That one pic­ture sent us down the most en­joy­able rab­bit hole, min­ing the archives for more, and we were not dis­ap­pointed. If the Princess Royal were a young woman in the 21st cen­tury’s dig­i­tal age she’d have the world’s me­dia sali­vat­ing over ‘the Anne ef­fect’ on cloth­ing sales the way they do about Meghan now.

So whose style do you ad­mire enough to em­u­late? Any­one weird? I’d love to know, so do email me at the ad­dress on the right. We love opin­ions here at YOU, which is why we’re de­lighted to in­tro­duce you to a new reg­u­lar voice in the mag­a­zine. Writer Eliz­a­beth Day is frank, funny, forth­right and now she is our new colum­nist. Turn the page for a fan­tas­tic in­tro­duc­tion to what I know is go­ing to be­come one of your favourite Sun­day reads.

En­joy the is­sue.

Below: the mayor from Jaws in my lust-have blazer and Mrs Fox in a frock that to­tally rocks

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