I’ve yet to see someone who outdoes Kate Middleton in the style stakes. I’m not really a fan of dressing up. I like things to be simple and unfussy. I own nothing with a flower or a frill. It’s all clean lines and simplicity. In fact, I would go as far to say that I like things so simple, I have my work uniform for summer (always a white shirt, ankle length chinos and ballet flats) and my work uniform for Autumn/Winter (white blouse, pencil skirt, nude tights and heels, sometimes with a cardy, sometimes without, sometimes swapping pencil skirt for bistro trousers). The white shirt is the staple, and it’s my signature (which I’ll talk about later…) but I think in a ‘style off’ between K-Middy and M-Clarkey, Kate would surely win.
I don’t know what sets this outfit off – her signature wedges, the blazer, the skinnies or the sleeveless shirt. It all just ‘works’! If I had to choose one thing, it would be the blazer. Instantly pushes a casual outfit up a peg or two!
Hers is Zara (where else?) and sold out within hours when she first wore back in April. At £79.99, it’s affordable copyKate style.
This one’s Mango and it’s only £21.99! (Quick – go get before anyone else sees!)
I’m not a shouty person. I never make much of my achievements, I’m not an ‘in your face’ kind gal giving it the ‘big ticket’ stuff. I’m actually quite subdued and more of a thinker than a ‘show-er’. I don’t want to walk into a room and go ‘bang’. I don’t like lots of attention so I never really want to wear anything over the top and ‘be noticed’.
That’s not to say I want to camouflage myself into the wallpaper, but low-key minimalism makes me feel happy, calm and content and it’s taken me oooooh, about 30 years to get here.
Knowing your style can be the most difficult thing to pinpoint. Knowing your own mind can be difficult enough at times. We have so much ‘noise’ around us. So much to influence us. We often aspire to look like other women, whether it’s celebrities or even friends that just always seem to be really fabulous all the time.
It’s really hard, and it’s a cliché but it is true. Know yourself and be confident about your likes and who you are. You might love wearing huge gold jangly bangles and pink sparkly flip flops with a sequined kaftan and that’s great. That’s you and there is no better way to express yourself than through your particular brand of style and fashion. That’ll never be me, unless I’m force fed cocktails for an entire day and drop a trip with a bunch of hippy dropouts, neither of which will ever, ever happen since I am sensible and a mum with a career and not in the 60s or early 90s (anymore…).
Knowing who you are, what you like and working out what suits you is key to dressing with unique, individual style. There’s no point in copying someone else. That’s not you, it’s them. That was their choice. What’s yours? What you wear reveals so much about the person you are and if you really know who you are. The people who always look fabulous? They know who they are. They’ve got it nailed.
We’re moving into a new season soon which throws up a million wardrobe dilemmas, so I’m writing this for you girls to stay one step ahead and get thinking so that you’re all set with your wardrobe defined for this Autumn/Winter. Spend a bit of time working out what clothes you really love to wear – what colours and fabrics you like. Are you ladylike, bohemian, modern, edgy, classic? What image do you want to project? Is there one recurring item in your wardrobe?
For me it’s chinos, striped long sleeved t-shirts and lots and lots of white shirts! My look is jeans/chinos and white shirt. That’s my staple. It’s my signature and whatever I pair with it is fashion, whether it’s my Russell and Bromley Pippa Middleton flats or my Kurt Geiger suede ankle boots with studs. I like having my uniform that I can ‘customise’. It makes me happy and I know where I am when I’m dressing as me.
Put me in sky-high heels and a tight dress and I feel like a tranny. Sorry trannies, but I do.
That doesn’t make me boring or unadventurous. Inside my head is like a packet of Skittles. Really. I promise. But do I want to dress like a rainbow explosion or an acid freak? Most definitely not.
I’ll keep it pared down, classic and minimal and let my creativity come through my work! Nothing wrong with that.
Maybe I'm more like Audrey than I thought. All minimalist on the outside and mad as a brush in the inside.
She was so much more than that of course.
She was so much more than that of course.