Outfit details:

  • Shows - Primark
  • Skirt - Charity shop
  • T-shirt - Primark (Men's) & DIY (see below) 

DIY Customised T-Shirt

Recreate the look with Rachel's Customised T-Shirt tutorial:

How would you describe your style?

I guess I'd say I was glamour, grunge and goth-inspired so I'm so happy about the fact all of those things were all over this season's catwalks! I love dark colours: black, grey, navy, blood red, purples, but I keep it from looking too drab by experimenting with different textures, like lace or leather. I love to dress up but I love casual dress too. On a night out where I live in East London, people don't really 'dress up' in a glamorous way anyway. I like to wear an evening dress with combat boots because, as much as I love heels, I'd rather be able to dance than complain about my feet all night. So, yeah, I would describe my style as grunge-goth meets occasional doses of glamour meets whatever-is-on-my-bedroom-floor.  

What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe?

I have this oversized leather jacket I got from Primark when I was 16 which I've worn to death. It's cheap, goes with anything and looks better the more you wear it. I'm obsessed with jackets; I must have at least twenty of them.

Who are your style icons?

I don't have any direct style icons, because I think the best style is something you create yourself. It can't be copied. That being said I really like Alice Dellal's and Pixie Geldof's style. Even Miley Cyrus is looking pretty cool since she shed her wholesome Disney image and got that crop.

Do you have any favourite designers?

I mostly blog on the off-schedule or fringe fashion circuits which means I've been exposed to a massive range of independent and underground designers. It's exciting to see shows that are out of the mainstream and aren't afraid to experiment. I often fall in love with designers I wouldn't actually wear myself simply for the artwork of their design, like McQueen. I got to see an Alexander McQueen dress up close at an exhibition earlier this year and the minute details of it are incredible - unwearable unless you happen to be rich and famous - but still absolutely stunning. I love vintage-inspired lingerie designers like Kiss Me Deadly and Sex Trash NYC. I love Religion, The Ragged Priest...oh, and does Topshop count as a 'designer'? 

Where are your favourite places to shop for new clothes clothes?

As much as I'd like to, I don't own any high-end designer pieces because I'm a student. I think cheese is expensive, let alone a pair of Louboutins. I tend to mix high street like Topshop, Urban Outfitters, H&M and River Island with vintage or thrift pieces from eBay or charity shops. Some high street stores try and sell 'vintage looking' pieces for ridiculous prices when, if you're lucky enough, you can get the original in a charity store for a couple of quid, so I'd rather do that.  

Do you make or customise your outfits?

When a pair of jeans becomes faded or doesn't fit any more, I cut them up to make shorts and fray the edges for a distressed look. I sometimes buy men's shirts and cut off the sleeves to make an oversized vest. This 'distressed' look you get sold on the high street is something is often you could easily do yourself, so I think about that before I buy anything like that.

Do you have any great tips for mixing up and personalising an outfit?  

Remember that personal style is always more important than fashion. You can still look great without importing your entire look off a catwalk. I'm sure most of the things I wear aren't technically 'in fashion' but I've learned that being individual and comfortable with the way you dress is so much better than copying the catwalk entirely. Look at the runway to inspire, but take that and add your own touch. Fashion is full of enough clones anyway, so don't be one! 

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