If you could go back in time, what would you change? You might be brimming with advice about your love life, education or financial position, but what about your personal style?
Style's Editor Christie Sutherland sat down with some of Westfield Queensland’s in-house stylists to find out what has influenced their style, and what advice they'd give their younger selves.
So what is “style”? It’s an elusive concept and everyone has a different interpretation. But one thing is clear: style isn’t just someone’s outer appearance. It’s more character than clothes, more attitude than affluence. It’s all about making your inner self visible to the world.
In the words of Diane von Fürstenberg, “Style is something each of us already has, all we need to do is find it.”
While you were growing up, did you ever notice that your style was influenced by your favourite singer, movie or book character or group of friends?
Style is inherently influenced by our individual life experiences and surroundings. It’s true that there is beauty in hindsight, and when we look back on our younger selves it’s common to see the things we cherish as well as the things we wish we could change.
Westfield stylist Jules Jackson says her advice to her younger self would be to always be yourself and not to take yourself too seriously.
“The pressure on young women can be enormous and I remember, at times, feeling judged or like I should conform,” Jules says. “But overall I had a good sense of self that allowed me to make choices that made me happy.”
Reflecting on her childhood, Annabel Falco says that she was always fearless in the name of fashion, and never afraid to explore new trends or trial fleeting fashion fads.
“But sometimes I wish I hadn’t explored every trend so publicly and stuck to what was a little more ‘me’,” Annabel admits.
The Westfield stylists make a living out of being impeccably stylish but (believe it or not!) they have all suffered a cringe-worthy fashion faux pas at some point. Molly King was a victim of bright neon colours, while Leticia Gaskell’s low-rise jeans and kitten heels still haunt her.
“At least they provided some absolutely hilarious fashion moments to look back on!” Jules laughs.
When shopping for the new season, Molly King says it’s best to buy strategically.
“Don’t send yourself broke by buying a whole new wardrobe,” says Molly. “I like to pair older jackets and washed-out jeans with a new pair of boots. Vintage shopping is fun for winter.”
Leticia says that Autumn/Winter is all about classic shapes such as structured white shirts, midi-length skirts and tailored trousers, while Annabel’s advice is to invest in bright jackets, a pair of statement shoes, and experiment with interesting layering techniques.
Have you ever found your wardrobe dull and uninspiring? Do you feel like you can never find the clothes you’re looking for? Maybe you’d just like an objective opinion? Clothes are about making you feel amazing, and this Autumn/Winter, Westfield’s in-house stylists can help do just that.
Book in with a stylist today at your favourite Westfield centre for a fun shopping experience that will help you embrace your natural beauty and unearth your individuality.
Photographer: Elizabeth Willis. Videography: Surge Media. Talent: Jules Jackson, Annabel Falco, Leticia Gaskel and Molly King; Westfield QLD Stylists. Hair: Sublime Hairdressing. Makeup: M.A.C Cosmetics. Location: Vieille Branche
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