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The way we wear - the style message from the street

Published 03/12/2010 | 05:00

Sarah Pruss, Marie-Clare Shaw, Bernadette McCormack and Vanessa Macey
Sarah Pruss, Marie-Clare Shaw, Bernadette McCormack and Vanessa Macey

Name: Sarah Pruss

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Age: 23

Profession: Assistant School Teacher

From: Saarland, Germany

Wearing: Coat, €100, River Island. Dress, €20, and leggings, €10, both from H&M. Gloves, €15, Fat Face. Bag, €10, Penneys. Boots, €60, a store in Germany.



  • What is your favourite shop?

H&M



  • What was your best bargain buy?

A brown, plaited leather bracelet for €3 from a market in Italy.



  • What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought?

A pair of brown leather knee-high boots with a kitten heel for €100 from a store in Germany.



  • Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons?

The best is [German actress] Nora Tschirner and the worst is Rihanna.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Chanel.



  • Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

Between €100 and €150.



  • What or who influences your style?

Other people, especially students from my university.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

These gloves.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

A black T-shirt with "No Angel" printed on it.



  • Name one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion.

I love dark blue and I hate white boots.

Name: Marie-Clare Shaw

Age: 27

Profession: Receptionist

From: Monkstown, Dublin

Wearing: Coat, €90, Zara. Cardigan, €14; scarf, €3; and boots, €17, all from Penneys. Dress, my sister's. Hat, my flatmate's. Bag, $20, Sussan, Australia.



  • What is your favourite shop?

Newmarket Square Flea Market.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

A copper satin, knee-length cocktail dress, originally from Reiss, for €14 from Age Action Ireland.



  • What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought?

A cream and maroon, floral print, silk, knee-length summer dress for €400 from Khan Boutique in Blackrock.



  • Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons?

The best is Katharine Hepburn and the worst is Cheryl Cole.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Chanel.



  • Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

About €30.



  • What or who influences your style?

Soft tones and winter fashion.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

A long, grey cardigan by Ted Baker for €6 from Age Action Ireland.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

I wore really tight skinny jeans with boots and a long, gold, floaty top; it was so on trend at the time, it was embarrassing.



  • Name one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion.

I love how it can make you feel better when you're down and I hate when people are totally obsessed with fashion and spend recklessly on items just because they're designer.

Name: Bernadette McCormack

Age: 30

Profession: Accountant

From: Kerry

Wearing: Coat, €80, Savida at Dunnes Stores. Hat, €50, Monsoon. Scarf and bag, both gifts. Leggings, €20, Zara. Boots, €80, TK Maxx.



  • What is your favourite shop?

TK Maxx.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

A pair of tan leather, knee-high boots with a kitten heel for €80 from House of Fraser.



  • What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought?

A navy, pleated, strapless, floor-length dress with a train by Amanda Wakely for €100 from TK Maxx.



  • Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons?

The best is Sophie Ellis-Bextor and the worst is Christina Aguilera.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Marc Jacobs.



  • Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

About €200.



  • What or who influences your style?

Winter fashion and quirky, unusual items that are a bit different.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

A pair of tan, high-heeled boots with fur detail for €23 from Penneys.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

Wearing a puffa jacket.



  • Name one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion.

I love the variety and I hate harem pants.

Name: Vanessa Macey

Age: 24

Profession: Handbag Designer

From: Dublin

Wearing: Cardigan, €20, a market in Brighton. Top, €2.50, and hairband, €2.50, both from Penneys. Skirt, £5, and shoes £10, a charity shop in London. Collar, $10, a market in New York. Pearl necklace, €7, a market in Spain. Socks, €7, Urban Outfitters.



  • What is your favourite shop?

eBay.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

A green, children's wax jacket with a checked hood and cord collar for £25 from a vintage fare in Brighton.



  • What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought?

A leopard-print, knee-length coat for €150 from Warehouse.



  • Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons?

The best is Chloë Sevigny and the worst is Rihanna.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Vivienne Westwood.



  • Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

About €40.



  • What or who influences your style?

Colour, texture and classic styles. I like simple clothes made interesting with accessories.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

A sleeveless Aran cardigan for €20 from Newmarket Square Flea Market.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

I bought a pair of turquoise, suede cowboy boots on eBay.



  • Name one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion.

I love how fashion is so artistic and creative and I hate how people in the industry can be pretentious and even arrogant.

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