Some people don’t like to admit it, but all of us in one way or another (or at least people who are actually into fashion) get our style inspiration from celebrities. With websites like Coolspotters and fashion magazines telling us where to buy the latest high street clothes made famous by celebs it’s easy to copy. In my opinion there’s a difference between just copying someone’s clothes and buying the same piece and making it your own. If I see something I like on someone I’ll buy it or something similar but I’ll always make sure it’s worked into my own personal style. Here are eight of my fashion role models. I don’t try to imitate; they simply inspire.
Shenae Grimes: probably my biggest fashion role model and current obsession, the 90210 actress is considering changing career for one in the fashion industry. I’m addicted to her style blog and it was a year ago I discovered leather and khaki contrast parkas because of her. Shame the high street has caught on because now I don’t wanna be the same as all those Topshop clones sporting them this winter. Shenae’s style is very edgy- lots of leather, prints and dark colours. If I owned her wardrobe I’d never ask for anything else in my life. Oh and if I end up growing my hair again I WANT IT LIKE THIS!
Lauren Conrad: Lauren was always gonna make this list. I envy her life beyond anyone else’s never mind her clothes. She’s a very elegant and classy dresser. The reason I love her style is because it’s just the right amount of girliness, not over the top. Rarely seen without her signature Chanel bag Lauren’s success in the fashion world is something most people only dream of. I’d recommend reading her book ‘Style’; it includes loads of little fashion and beauty tips you’d probably not thought of before.
Blake Lively: I’ve admired Blake’s style since I saw the first ever episode of Gossip Girl. Whether it’s a floor-length ballgown like this amazing Lanvin combination or something more casual she never fails to impress.
The Olsen twins: This is an obvious but very necessary choice; I couldn’t not include them. Like Shenae Grimes is intending to do, the Olsen twins actually said in a recent interview with Elle magazine they have given up acting to continue their careers as fashion designers. No wonder really following their immediate success with several fashion lines that include Elizabeth & James and the more high-end label The Row. They both dress amazingly: Ashley’s style is more feminine with classic tailoring while Mary Kate’s tends to have a bit more of a boyish edge. They don’t live by any rules. They just wear whatever they want to wear and I love people who can play with style in that way. They obviously know a thing or two about trends as their crocodile backpack from The Row range selling for a huge $39,000 sold out in a matter of days.
Frankie Sandford: Whilst I really love ALL of The Saturdays dress sense Frankie’s is definitely my favourite. And it helps we look quite similar (in terms of hair and skin tone at least) because if I see something I like that she’s wearing I immediately know I’ll probably suit it too. The good thing about Frankie is that she wears a lot of high street clothes so us normal people can afford it! She manages to throw a casual outfit together with minimal effort and girls are forever imitating her style. Remember the famous red Zara skater dress? Literally all the high street shops started stocking similar after she was seen wearing it. And yes I don’t mind admitting I went and bought it too!
Gillian Zinser: HOTTIE ALERT. If you haven’t seen 90210 then you might not recognise this beauty who plays Ivy the cool surfer chick in the show. I am actually obsessed with her style. In 90210 she dresses like your typical laid-back California girl in frayed denim shorts, distressed boots and little knitted tops. In real life it gets even better; her style is very rock-chic/grunge-inspired and her signature trilby hat makes her stand out from the crowd. I have a feeling she’s gonna be huge in the fashion world.
Rachel Bilson: The OC star has been hiding a bit the past few years but I’ve always really liked the way she dresses. It’s very casual with a slight boho vibe. I wouldn’t say she was a tomboy exactly but Rachel’s classic look would be an oversize blazer, baggy pants, boyish boots and a cashmere scarf. Effortless style!
Alexa Chung: Last but definitely not least, I felt like I should include another British fashion icon in the list as I still personally believe we have the best fashion sense in the world so it would be an insult to not use Alexa as an example. Some of the stuff I’ve seen her in, I admit I’ve not really been that keen on. But an outfit like this just blows me away with how amazing something simple can look. Alexa loves vintage pieces and I don’t think it would be easy for many girls to pull off her style. But she must be brilliant: why else would Mulberry name a bag after her?