Catherine is a member of the 40+ blogger tribe, one I love dearly. I’ve known her for a while on the blogosphere, she has great style and a fabulous blog. I really recommend checking out her photography section if you’re a keen photographer, I’ve learnt an awful lot from her posts and you can tell she knows her stuff from her stunning photos. She recently launched ‘accentuate the positive’ a campaign aimed at encouraging women to be proud of their bodies, something I preach on a personal level with the clients I work with and also on the blog. Definitely head over to her blog, take in her gorgeous style, check out her recent interview she did with Gok Wan and like her accentuate the positive page!
What’s your name and where are you from?
I’m Catherine Summers, an ex-Londoner currently living in South West England.
Talk us through what you’re wearing.
I bought the cropped sleeve blazer last year – I’m still totally in love with the marl grey/neon trim combination – it’s a proper summer-only piece ideal for cooler days. My blue leopard skinny jeans work all year round (as long as it’s not too hot), and I’ll usually roll up the hem of my skinnies and wear them with heels, which works wonders for lengthening your legs and creating ultra slim ankles! Although we’ve had quite a hot summer this year in the UK, this outfit is perfect for a more typically cool British summer’s day. Being a Brit means you usually have to dress for the weather first – comfort and style come after that!
How would you describe your style?
I’d describe my style as eclectic, but erring on the side of “Preppy with a Twist”, and always colourful. I made a conscious decision a few years ago to stop wearing and buying so much black, so my style has become more and more colourful over the years.
High Street Honey or Designer Diva?
I’m definitely a High Street Honey. I very rarely buy anything designer!
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I get inspiration from all sorts of places, but mostly from other bloggers’ style which is usually so much more spontaneous and creative than what you see in magazines and on celebrities.
That said, I’m a little bit obsessed with Rooney Mara right now - she looks so fabulous and polished in everything, and I love the fact that her look is so unique, not just her clothes but her hair and make up too.
What makes your style your own, what’s your signature look?
As mentioned, my style is pretty eclectic – I can do a full-on feminine look one day and then do masculine chic the next. I am known for wearing a lot of colour and mixing patterns, yet somehow I see myself as quite conservative and often wish I were more adventurous! My go-to outfit is pretty much a variation on what I’m wearing in the outfit here: a pair of bright skinny jeans, a blazer and heels. I do think that accessories and your hairstyle can totally transform a look – I could completely change the blue leopard print skinnies and grey blazer outfit with the addition of a hat, different heels and a statement necklace, for example.
What one piece are you coveting at the moment?
I’ve wanted a soft, loose jumpsuit for a while, and I recently ordered a beautiful light grey one from Oasap, which I’m currently waiting to have delivered. I tend not to get too hung up on particular item or designer piece – the exception is usually a vintage dress I’ve seen on eBay… as long as I don’t log on and browse I can resist temptation, but once I’ve found one I love I know it’s only a matter of time as I’ll think I just have to give it a home!
What are the 3 most important pieces in your wardrobe?
I can’t really say I have individual pieces that get a number one spot, but I can pick three collections of things that are the most important (and wearable) in my wardrobe. My vintage dresses (mostly from eBay) are my most prized possessions because I know I will never turn up in the same outfit as anyone else; my collection of coloured brogues [oxfords] is pretty extensive and they just seem to go with everything; and I have a lot of soft, patterned blazers that always brighten and finish off any outfit. I have to stop myself constantly buying more!
What one piece of fashion advice would you give to readers?
My best advice comes in two parts, and it’s what I’ve learned through having a fashion blog. Firstly – get dressed in a full-length mirror. Always. Secondly, to find out what really suits you, get someone to photograph you in your outfits and upload them to a computer screen to study them. A simple, quick snap in your house or garden is fine, but no selfies with your phone and no wide angle settings on a camera (you’ll appear foreshortened and it’s not what you truly look like), so get them to stand back and zoom in. It’s the only way to see your outfit objectively!
I’m looking for new street style icons so if you want to get involved or know anyone that would, I’d love for you to get in touch. You can email me here, leave a comment below or hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.
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