Friday 9 December 2016

The Vard sister: fashionistas in the family

The Vard sisters - Lisa, Cathy and Wendy - are very much on the same page when it comes to their singing career, but apart from taking the same size shoe, their taste in clothes couldn't be more different

Published 08/11/2015 | 02:30

Cathy wears Hallhuber dress with beaded collar and cuffs, €159, House of Fraser; Wendy wears Whistles eyelash lace dress, €250, House of Fraser; Lisa wears Ted Baker dress, €260, House of Fraser, Dundrum Town Centre. Photo: Breffni Ryan
Cathy wears Hallhuber dress with beaded collar and cuffs, €159, House of Fraser; Wendy wears Whistles eyelash lace dress, €250, House of Fraser; Lisa wears Ted Baker dress, €260, House of Fraser, Dundrum Town Centre. Photo: Breffni Ryan
Lisa wears Hallhuber blouse with sequinned collar, €79, House of Fraser; Cathy wears Phase Eight top, €75, House of Fraser; Wendy wears Mint Velvet jumper, €95, Dundrum Town Centre. Shoes: Models' own.

The Vard sisters sing as one in a blend of voices best called celestial. However, when it comes to wardrobe choices, they are not on the same hymn sheet for a number of reasons.

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The three siblings have very individual singing voices, different body shapes and individual likes and dislikes so you will rarely find them shopping off the same rails.

Born five years apart, Cathy (54) and Wendy (52) sing soprano and mezzo soprano respectively, while Lisa (49) is an alto. Watching them in rehearsals for their new album, Heavenly Too, which is released this weekend, you can see how their approach to clothes differs, right down to their choice of jeans. It's bootleg for Lisa who, at 5ft 3, is an inch shorter than Cathy, a singing teacher who likes her skinnies worn with loose tops, and it's straight-legged denims for Wendy who, at 5ft 2, is the shortest of the three.

Mum to a nine-year-old son, Paul, Lisa says her preferred daytime style is "layers, capes and wedges. Wendy says I'm the hippy sister while I would call her the 'sexy sister' and Cathy is 'the tailored sister'. I'm a typical pear shape, I've a longer body than Wendy but I've shorter legs which means I can't borrow her jeans," says Lisa, who while she doesn't claim to like shopping, says she found Mint Velvet at Dundrum Town centre "right up my alley because it has an ethnic, boho feel and they do layering and lovely jewellery".

Wearing a pale blue boatneck jumper, Wendy slides one side off the shoulder, explaining how she always likes to have a little flesh showing.

"I have bosoms and I've been very fortunate that even at the age I am, they are still fairly perky. I just like a V-neck and to show a little skin. My staple wardrobe is a T-shirt and a pair of jeans. I refuse to go on HRT and I try and look after myself. I have disc problems so I'm all into minding myself. My husband and I climb 'our mountain' which is at the back of our home every morning and I have an app on my phone called Blogilates. I use coconut oil in the kitchen and on my face, and almond oil on my body. I also use the Aldi skincare range. My biggest investment was getting the new three-month blow-dry and I reckon that is saving me about €200 a month because now I do my own hair," said Wendy, who has two grown-up children aged 20 and 23.

"I love going down to my local hairdresser, La Belle in Stepaside, for a 12-week blow dry. I think it is best thing, you never have frizzy hair anymore."

Cathy, who has three grown-up children aged 29, 26 and 21, says her daytime dressing style is "loose and comfortable. I like a floaty top, dresses with an empire line and I would be less inclined to show cleavage like Wendy.

I'm not conservative but I like to be elegant and this week, I moved away from my normal conservative black court shoe and went for a red and black patent heel from Cinders. I use Dermologica and would never take any sun on my face so I wear factor 50 in my foundation and I drink lots of water, and I like an occasional facial," said Cathy.

"At 54 years of age, I am conscious not to dress any way that's not suitable for my age group."

Photography by Breffni Ryan breffniryan.com

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