I am starting a new series on my blog where I speak to inspiring people and ask them about their style and the longevity of fashion and fashion items, its called Heirloom. First up its Rowan from Our Edit, Our Edit is a cool fashion and lifestyle website founded by two fashion loving sisters and on the go working mums. Check it out here. I really recommend signing up to their weekly news letter.
• Who was your first style icon and who is your style icon now?
Like many little girls my mum was my first style icon. I remember loving playing with her high heels, and make-up. I have always been a super girly girl and I put this down to those early years playing dressing up. While I still love my mum’s style, I would say I now look to people like Olivia Palermo or Fanny Moizant for style inspiration. I love preppy meets cool girl meets effortless chic and I feel those gals just nail it.
• What is your one piece of jewellery/clothing/accessories that you can’t live without?
I am super sentimental so I couldn’t be without my wedding, engagement or eternity rings. Each one represents something so special to me and the memories bound up in them. In fact, I didn’t take my wedding ring off at all for 3 years!!!! On the other end of the spectrum I love love love my jeans – from my dark blue skinnies to my boyfriend jeans, they form the basis of almost all my outfits and I would be lost without them. Since becoming a mummy I have also developed a dependency on cross body bags – not necessarily the most stylish pieces in my wardrobe, but for hands-free practicality they can’t be beaten.
• Do you have an item of clothing that belonged to you mum or a family member that you have integrated into your wardrobe?
I have a few items from my mum, but my favourite piece is a fabulous full, ballerina length skirt in black organza. It is from the 80’s, when full skirts were cool the first-time round, and I just feel so pretty and glamorous in it. I wear it with a midnight blue silk vest from J Crew for black tie events and I always get compliments on it. I love it, and I love telling people that it was originally my mum’s.
• What is your favourite old photo of a family member? Style wise My grandmother was a super stylish woman – we used to joke about just how many pairs of shoes she had. She was the epitome of style and character and always had a unique fashion sense, and I have always loved looking at old photos from when she was young.
• As you know, I am all about sustainability and not a fan of fast fashion, do you have any tips for making items last longer?
The best way to make sure items last, and that you avoid disposable fast fashion, is to identify your own sense of style and stick to it. If you really know who you are and how you want to dress, then everything you buy will be a hard-working investment piece, no matter how much you spend on it. That and I take meticulous care of my clothes – careful washing, proper hangers, and a lot of TLC.
• Do you have an antique piece of jewellery that you wear? Tell me about it.
I don’t wear it every day, but my ‘something old’ on my wedding day was the first ring my dad ever gave to my mum, way back when….! It is a gold and garnet solitaire. It’s not my style as such but it’s so precious to me because of the sentimental value.
• Do you think any current fashion obsessions will stand the test of time?
I am not sure if this is a good thing or not, but I think ‘athleisure’ is here to stay. We’ve seen the future and it’s comfy!! After years of fashion being hard to wear and focused on the aesthetic, I feel the active wear trend appeals to women who want to look and feel good. So I reckon slogan Ts and sweats are here to stay.
• What takes up the most space in your wardrobe? Shoes, bags, clothes?
Shoes shoes and more shoes. I have a bit of a thing for footwear. I could happily wear blue jeans and a white shirt every day of the week, but I love adding personality and colour to my look through my footwear. From a startling collection of Nike trainers to too many pairs of leopard print pumps – I just love shoes.
• What is the best style advice you ever received?
Focus on how an outfit makes you feel. We can all follow trends and wear the latest looks, but if you feel awkward in an outfit or it doesn’t reflect your sense of style, you will never look well put together. Finding elements of fashion that work for you and sticking to them is the best route to being truly stylish.