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The Way We Wear: The style message from the street


Ruth Spivey

Ruth Spivey

Ruth Spivey

Ruth's cloche-style hat and drop-waist coat are reminiscent of the 1920s. The Belstaff boots give a contemporary edge to her elegant look.

She is: Ruth Spivey, 29, model with Nevs agency and also has a wine blog called goodlegslonglength.com, London.

she wears Coat, reduced to €150, Reiss. Fur-lined hat, €50, St Petersburg in Russia. Scarf, €10, hotel shop in Nepal. Bag, £150, Longchamp store on London's Bond Street. Boots, €400, Belstaff store.

what is your...

  • Favourite shop?

John Lewis.

  • Bargain buy?

A black, 80s-style, knee-length, fitted cocktail dress by Balenciaga with a dungaree-style neckline and straps. I got if for about €50 in Liberty with 90pc off.

  • Biggest splurge?

A dark tan, thick leather, utilitarian-style satchel for £460 from the Ally Capellino shop.

  • Best and worst dressed style icons?

The best are Coco Chanel or Audrey Hepburn and the worst is Lady Gaga.

  • Favourite label or designer?

Phoebe Philo.

  • Monthly spend on clothes?

Not a lot; between about €50 and €100.

  • Last fashion buy?

A black, thin cotton T-shirt with a satin trim, deep V neckline from Gap.

  • Biggest fashion mistake?

Stonewashed, denim dungarees ... two mistakes in one garment!

  • What do you love and hate in fashion?

I love French, feminine chic and I hate when people follow fickle trends and when fashion becomes too contrived.

Irish Independent