Occupation: Owner of VPlus Models, TV stylist, author
What are you wearing?
I’m wearing a River Island top (€33), Penneys trousers (€10), Principles sling back heels from Debenhams (€35); a New Look neckpiece (€10) and bangle (€8).
Describe your style in three words?
Elegant, chic, timeless.
How long does it take you to get dressed in the morning?
I always have my outfit picked from the day before so it only takes me ten minutes to get dressed; hair and makeup are a totally different kettle of fish!
Fashion or function — which word best describes your attitude to clothes and why?
Function. My clothes and style are the essence of the woman I am and represent my femininity in everything I do. To embody a classy and sophisticated style as a plus size woman — in my everyday wardrobe — empowers the other ladies I’m reaching out to.
What’s your biggest source of style inspiration?
I’m a lover of the vintage styles and ladies such as Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren who showcase the original designs by Valentino, Chanel, Versace. These women knew their bodies and their designers knew how to accentuate them.
Where do you like to shop?
The high street from River Island to New Look; although boutiques like www.ChemicalAfflictions.ie and Devilish Designs in Cork stock the most enchanting retro dresses which I’m a huge fan of. As a plus size woman I do find it more difficult to shop for my shape but with more and more retailers realising that 42% of the Irish female population are a size 14 and upwards, this is changing for the better.
Who or what is Ireland’s greatest undiscovered gem?
I’m a huge fan of Maria Lola Roche. Her understanding of a woman’s body and how a dress can make a lady is beyond what we’ve seen in many years.
Why does your style/outfit work?
I’d like to believe it’s because it’s me. My style represents the woman I am today, in that moment and how confident I am to represent all plus size ladies in Ireland.
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