Fashion Director (InStyle, Tatler, Vogue) and Stylist
How do you stay so effortlessly stylish whilst balancing a busy career and family life? Have different stages of your life and career effected the way you dress?
For me the holy grail is to find something that works for the school run, then to meetings, on to a shoot and then out in the evening for a work event. Obviously this is asking a lot from one outfit! The key is sticking to stylish classics worn in a modern way and accessories are key to this. Sometimes it’s just about the right shoe or bag, or even just a great pair of earrings.
Looking back to be my teens and twenties, there are certainly things I shouldn’t have worn, but I had a lot of fun trying. As my career has progressed I have had to become more adept at dressing for the day ahead and I know how the right outfit can help boost my confidence.
When did you know you were destined for a career in the fashion world and how did you get started?
As a fashion obsessed teen I constantly had my head buried in the pages of a magazine. I remember reading Just 17 for hours, but I just didn’t know what jobs existed. Then I had the amazing opportunity to model for three years and saw a whole other side to the fashion industry and all the incredibly opportunities that were available. It was then that I knew I had to become a fashion stylist for a magazine.
Tell us about a time you felt most empowered and strong…
Overcoming something that may feel scary or difficult makes me feel empowered. From moving to NY, to having children, to getting a job I really wanted, to running my first 10k, to giving up chocolate for New Year. And, sometimes, it’s as simple as just saying having the confidence to say no to somebody.
How does style make you feel empowered?
It’s important to wear something that feels comfortable and true to you. Remember, it’s about you wearing the clothes not the clothes wearing you. If you know you look good on the outside, you are going to feel empowered and project that confidence.
Do you have a go to outfit or item of clothing that makes you feel like you can take on the world?
Flat shoes. I love wearing heels (and have many pairs obviously) but the freedom of wearing a pair of flats that you can walk anywhere in makes me feel ready to take on any challenge.
If you could style anyone in the world who would it be?
I have been lucky enough to style some of the most iconic and amazing women in the world, but Julianne Moore is my ultimate goal. As a fellow red head I love the way she wears colour – she inspired me to start wearing red.
“I love the way she doesn’t always play it safe, and, let’s be honest, she looks better than most Hollywood actresses half her age on the red carpet.”
If we went in your wardrobe, what item would we NOT find?
Crop tops. Need I say more?
Who and/or what would you say is the biggest influence on your personal style?
I don’t have one single style icon. I can be inspired by anybody from a leading Hollywood actress, to someone on the tube. My most recent fashion spot was a girl on the escalator in some amazing Nike Fly Knit trainers which I snapped on my phone, hunted down and bought.
Who would you consider your role model?
There have been so many amazing and incredible women both past and present who inspire me so it would be hard to narrow it down to one, but my grandmother was pretty special.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?
My mother use to say “today’s peach is tomorrow’s prune” (about not going into the sun).
I tell my kids ‘treat others as you want to be treated yourself”. Boring but true.