While getting ready for an interview recently, Hayley and I were discussing shoes - what shoes to wear to give off what impression? She'd choose the towering Christian Louboutin pumps because she loves (and feels great in) power dressing; I picked the delicate open-toe Chloe's because they're 'cute' and I feel pretty wearing them.
Personally, I’ve always gravitated towards things that are pretty and minimalistic. I hate anything messy, too many accessories, too many chunky buckles, studs or sequins. Most of the time I'm scared of accessories, sticking to my usual rings, watch and dainty necklace ensemble - and I'll occasionally put on a belt. In a room full of dresses, my eye immediately goes to anything delicate in a simple colour palette of ivory, nude, navy and lots of browns, or anything slightly floral and romantic. This may seem boring to some, but to me you just can't go past the sophistication that comes with clean lines, soft minimalism and beautiful staple pieces.
I'm not into the tough-as-nails Balmain or the dirty sexiness of Alexander Wang's fall collection - I've far preferred looking at (and making a wish list of) the cute knee high socks at Karen Walker, the retro ladylike dresses at Prada or the everything-a-girl-could-want separates at Dries Van Noten and the awesome fifties cropped pants at Isabel Marant. Stella McCartney, Valentino (for the first time) and Chloe are also in my I-wish-I-could-afford-it-all basket - and I've desperately missed Luella.
It's taken me a long and arduous 22 years to figure out what my fashion personality is - after countless (really bad) disasters experimenting with things that I would want to like, but really just don't work on me. And while I dreamily look at the thigh high snake-skin boots going down Burberry's fall runway and think I'd love to own a pair, the reality is I'd look absolutely stupid in them because they're just not me.
Do you have your own signature style? Here's a fun Elle quiz if you're feeling curious - then you can shop your 'personality' 'til your hearts content.