Saturday 3 December 2016

The way we wear: The style message from the street

Published 05/11/2010 | 05:00

From left: Cara Doyle, Maria Lola Roche, Louise Kelleher, Fiona Reid.
From left: Cara Doyle, Maria Lola Roche, Louise Kelleher, Fiona Reid.

Name: Cara Doyle

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Age : 28

Profession : Television researcher

From : Dublin

Wearing: Cardigan, €55. T-shirt, €35 and shoes, €100, all Topshop. Shorts, €45, Urban Outfitters.



  • What is your favourite shop?

Urban Outfitters.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

A vintage, red leather jacket with a fur collar for $20 from eBay.



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

A cream and black, polka dot print, sleeveless dress with a Victorian style collar by Paul & Joe for €325 from Urban Outfitters.



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

The best is Edie Sedgwick and the worst is Margaret Thatcher.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Chanel.



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

About €400.



  • What or who influences your style?

The 1960's.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

A pair of navy, high-waisted harem pants and a peach silk blouse for €120 from Topshop.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

I wore a red, Chinese print, spandex belly top and matching trousers when I was 15.



  • What is one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion?

I love the feeling you get when you buy something great and I hate when clothes are worn only because they're in fashion at that moment; it's best to dress for your body shape.

Name: Maria Lola Roche

Age : 25

Profession : Artist and Fashion Designer

From : Beechwood, Dublin

Wearing: Jacket, €80, Topshop. Dress, €10, Newmarket Square market. Shoes, €20, Harlequin.



  • What is your favourite shop?

SéSí.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

A dark blue velvet, high-neck, long dress for €5 from a store in Barcelona.



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

A pair of black, patent, knee high, New Rock boots with laces and buckles for €140 from Schuh.



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

The best is Helena Bonham Carter and the worst is H from Steps.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Alexander McQueen.



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

About €100.



  • What or who influences your style?

Everything really but I also love styles from the Rococo and Victorian eras as well as the 1800's and early 1900's.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

A vintage style, embroidered handbag with leather straps for €61 from Topshop.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

A white, red and navy tracksuit top by Fred Perry and Kappa rip-off tracksuit bottoms.



  • What is one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion?

I love how inspiring it can be, how it shows progression in society and how clothing is basically functional art and I hate superficiality.

Name: Louise Kelleher

Age: 29

Profession: Law Researcher

From: Kevin St., Dublin

Wearing: Jacket by Ralph Lauren, €500, Brown Thomas. Shirt, €20, Stradivarius. Skirt, €60, River Island. Tights, €3, Penneys. Bag, €20, Harlequin. Boots, €130, Office.



  • What is your favourite shop?

Topshop.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

A brown and grey, short fur jacket for €130 from Topshop.



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

This jacket.



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

The best is Marilyn Monroe and the worst is Lady Gaga.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Kate Moss for Topshop.



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

About €300.



  • What or who influences your style?

Comfort.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

This shirt.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

A leather and denim jacket.



  • What is one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion?

I love how there's always so much great fashion out there but I also hate that there's always so much out there; it's impossible to make choices!

Name: Fiona Reid

Age: 34

Profession: Journalist

From: Dublin

Wearing: Jacket, €180 and shoes, €55, both from Topshop. Dress, €5, Newmarket Square Market. Tights, €3, Penneys. Bag, €12, Dunnes Stores.



  • What is your favourite shop?

Topshop.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

This jacket.



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

A black, beaded, flapper dress for €280 from Karen Millen.



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

The best is Dita Von Teese and the worst is Lindsay Lohan.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Marni.



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

About €200.



  • What or who influences your style?

The 1940's and old Hollywood movies.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

This handbag.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

Wearing only black for so many years.



  • What is one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion?

I love the variety and I hate the guilt that comes with buying cheap, fast fashion.

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