Tuesday 20 February 2018

The Way we Wear: The style message from the street

Aoibheann Greenan, Blath Conroy, Hilary Rose and Ciara Rapple
Aoibheann Greenan, Blath Conroy, Hilary Rose and Ciara Rapple

Name: Aoibheann Greenan

Age: 22

Profession: Artist

From: Swords, Dublin

Wearing: Coat, €30; belt, €3; and boots, €10, all from Newmarket Square Flea Market. Jumper, €20, George's St Arcade. Skirt, €1, a store in Thailand.



  • What is your favourite shop?

Om Diva.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

This coat.



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

A khaki green, military-style, double-lapelled coat with ruched shoulders for €160 from Warehouse.



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

The best is M.I.A. and the worst is Jodie Marsh.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Jeremy Scott.



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

About €100.



  • What or who influences your style?

The '70s and '80s.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

A purple, vintage, '70s, sleeveless jumpsuit for €10 from Block T Flea Market.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

A pair of white, green, red and blue, Mondrian print, pantaloons.



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

I love how it offers freedom to express your individuality and I hate how certain shops dictate trends so everyone ends up dressing the same.

Name: Bláth Conroy

Age: 23

Profession: Video Production

From: Dublin

Wearing: Coat, €70, Topshop. Cardigan, my mother's. Skirt, £10, Camden Market, London. Tutu, €11, Penneys. Hat, €10, Bershka. Gloves, a gift. Scarf, I knitted it myself. Bag, €150, toast.co.uk. Boots, €70, eBay.com.



  • What is your favourite shop?

Block T Flea Market in Smithfield.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

This skirt.



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

A black leather jacket for €270 from Ted Baker.



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

The best is Tavi Gevinson and the worst is Sienna Miller.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Holly Fulton.



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

Between €100 and €200.



  • What or who influences your style?

Fashion blogs such as thestylerookie.com and misspandora.fr and people on the street.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

This bag.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

Clipping my fringe back at the sides while I was trying to grow it out.



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

I love how it's cyclical and influences are constantly being drawn from the past but I hate how there's never anything really new in fashion because of this.

Name: Hilary Rose

Age: 31

Profession: Actress and DJ

From: Cork

Wearing: Coat, €30, WaWa. Jeans, €35, asos.com. Hat, €2, Penneys. Scarf, €10, Benetton. Bag, €100, TK Maxx. Boots, €80, River Island.



  • What is your favourite shop?

All Saints.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

A pair of Ugg boots for €200 from a store in Cork.



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

My wedding dress; an ivory, Grecian-style dress with embroidered stone detailing for €110 from Cameo Boutique in Tipperary.



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

The best is Diane Kruger and the worst is Kim Kardashian.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Miu Miu.



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

About €100.



  • What or who influences your style?

My environment, music and eclecticism.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

These jeans.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

A cream, ankle-length, knitted cardigan.



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

I love the freedom if offers and I hate the pretentiousness in the industry.

Name: Ciara Rapple

Age: 23

Profession: Graphic Designer

From: Killiney, Dublin

Wearing: Coat, belongs to my mother. Dress, €5, a store in Thailand. Scarf, €7, Alwear. Bag, my granny's. Boots, €10, Lidl.



  • What is your favourite shop?

Urban Outfitters.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

This jacket because it was free.



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

A black and green, tulle and silk skirt for €250 from Rococo Boutique.



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

The best is Kanye West and the worst is Jordan.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Chloé.



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

About €100.



  • What or who influences your style?

Fashion blogs.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

A black, knee-length dress with a sequined collar and capped sleeves for €120 from French Connection.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

A pair of parachute pants with lots of straps and strings.



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

I love the feeling when you find a great piece of clothing that you know you'll have forever and I hate the high price of good quality fashion.

Irish Independent

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