Name: Lucy Soares-Smith
WIWT Profile: Juice
Describe your style…
I’m literally a chameleon- one day I go for a grungy All Saints look the next I wear floaty skirts from Topshop with a pretty blouse!
How do you get dressed in the morning?
I definitely try to be a forward planner- if I have to get up early in the morning (early for a student being before 10am haha) then I try and pick an outfit the night before and lay it on the end of my bed so I don’t have to reach too far out to get dressed in the morning!
If your wardrobe was on fire what would you save?
I’d save my All Saints leather jacket if my wardrobe was on fire. I don’t wear it that often but I know it’ll be a long time before I can afford to buy one again!
What’s been your number fashion triumph and what would you rather forget ever happened?
My number one fashion triumph is the sequinned dress I bought from Topshop! I never usually wear things like that but it was my 21st birthday so I thought I should rock something special for the evening! It was also my first ever WIWT outfit. Something I want to forget ever happened- when I was 13 I used to dress like a skater, I had baggy jeans, a neon pink vest, those weird striped armbands and massive skater trainers- fashion disaster! I also had an obsession with wearing green for a while, there’s a photo of me wearing green fish net tights with green converse, a denim skirt and a green hoodie- very cringe looking back on it...
What are you 'desert island' beauty essentials?
I love make up! I get so excited when I go into a MAC store and see all the different shades of eyeshadows! I also NEED hair straighteners to tame my frizzy mane!
What are you top five brands and why?
Topshop, Kurt Geiger, Urban Outfitters, Hollister and New Look. Topshop has the best catwalk-inspired looks that ‘real’ people can wear. Kurt Geiger has the most beautiful boots and shoes (if only I could afford them)! Urban Outfitters sell clothes no one else does and you can get some great vintage-looking outfits there. Hollister I love for their jeans and shorts, their super skinny jeans stay ‘super skinny’ for a few days without going baggy or creased! New Look I love because it sells similar items to other high street stores but at up to half the price!
When do you take your WIWT photos and what do you use?
I take my WIWT photos in the morning before I go into Uni and I use a Nikon camera to take the pictures. Unfortunately I don’t have a big mirror or a cool phone that takes good pictures so I have to set my camera onto a timer or get a friend to take the pic for me!
How did you discover WIWT and what do you love about the site?
My friend told me about a girl who went to the same college as us who had started her own website called What I Wore Today. That girl was Poppy! I love drawing inspiration for my own outfits from other WIWT users and admire the “if it’s not something nice, shut up and don’t say it” attitude towards commenting on other people’s outfits.
Who are you loving/following on WIWT at the moment?
I love TanyeWest because she always looks smokin’ but also I think we’ve got quite similar a similar style so I draw inspiration from her outfits all the time. Vee Vee Vogue is another WIWT-er whose style I love. I admire the way she often finds awesome clothes in Primark- wish she could teach me this skill!!
We're loving this collaboration between Clarks shoes and Thistle and Boom - a Scottish company renowned for it's fair trade, Fair Isle knits. Only a total of 1,200 pairs of the very special Desert Boots will be available and each pair has been lovingly created by 1 of the 35 hand knitters that live across Scotland. We caught up with one of Thistle and Boom's expert knitters, Gracie, 72 to find out more about the project...
Tell us how the collaboration came about with Clarks?
I first read about the work with Clarks through an advert in my local paper. I did some research on Thistle and Broom, was really impressed with the work that they do and thought "why not?!". I saw knitting as a pleasurable way to earn some extra money to fund my summer trip to Africa.
Knitted boots are definitely a unique idea - is this the strangest project you've knitted with?
I think the knitted boots are really fun and quirky, sadly my walking boots are now moulded to my feet after many months of training to climb Kilimanjaro. Initially I hadn't fully grasped how the cuffs would be used so the basic shape didn't seem that strange as opposed to previously knitted socks for dogs and ponchos for children amongst many other projects. But now having seen the finished product there is a sense of pride in the finished article and an element of curiosity as I wonder "is that one of mine?".
How long does it take to complete each boot?
I'm a reasonably fast knitter and the pins do tend to go as fast as my jaws i.e. the faster I talk the faster the pins go ( my partner would testify to that)!. So I could knit two to three cuffs in a night but like so many people I have various family commitments, work and study amongst others therefore my output did depend on external factors.
Knitting has come into fashion over the past few years with the emergence of 'Stitch and Bitch' groups as well as 'Graffiti Knitting'. Is it hard to master the art and what advice would you give to any budding knitters out there?
I learned to knit at a very young age but the complicated "stuff" I learned from my co-workers on night-shift in a psychiatric hospital, very-old school knitters but meticulous in their techniques. By the age of 18 I had progressed from "socks" for my dog to arran jumpers and Icelandic cardigans. My advice to new knitters is take a small simple pattern with basic stitches and a decorative yarn, and "give it a go". The sense of achievement from the smallest of projects immense. Most of my completed garments either sewn or knitted I give away to friends and family as gifts, a handmade gift means so much more and gives a double shot of pleasure from the making and completion of a garment to the person opening and wearing the finished item.
How long have you been knitting for and is it a big part of your life? How did you first discover knitting?
Crafts in general are a huge part of my life and during times of ill health have proven therapeutic and a useful coping mechanism. I am a "dabbler" and like many crafty folk have boxes of yarn, threads and materials hidden under the stairs! Coming from the Scottish Borders textiles are inescapable, many of my family were mill workers and traditional crafts such as knitting were always around the home. As a child I can remember clearly winding hanks of unwashed yarn around a kitchen stool and vividly remember the smell of the natural oils similar to the unwashed yarn for this project.
Lastly - we love the Aran Pattern knit Desert Boots- will you be wearing them this Winter?
Although very tempted by the innovative design they are sadly not practical for the muddy local hills that I can be frequently found traipsing.
To coincide with the launch of her eighth collection for high street brand Peacocks. Lowes' designs have been hugely popular and this Christmas collection is set to be another sell-out. Inspired by old Hollywood glamour and modelled by daughter Daisy Lowe, the range is sultry, feminine and flattering. We had a chat with Pearl and got a sneak peek into her personal style...
Congratulations on your eighth collection for Peacocks. Talk us through the collection…
I wanted this range to be really Christmassy, I got my inspiration from all my favourite old fashioned movies like Singing in The Rain & An Affair to Remember, so each dress was based on what those glamourous Hollywood starlets wore.
The WIWT Interview – we take a nosy around your wardrobe. This week we interview fashion blogger, WIWT users and Junior Marketing Manager Lily Pebbles
Name: Lily Pebbles
Job: Blogger & Junior Marketing Manager in Beauty
The WIWT Interview – we take a nosy around your wardrobe. This week we have Jamel from Topman, who's outfits on WIWT have been showcasing the best of the Topman brand.
Name: Jamel Derdour
Job: Social Media Co-ordinator for Topman.
Website: Topman.tumblr.com & blog.topman.com
This week we asked fashion blogger and new WIWT users Charlene from Strutt blog, to come and tell us about her style (so we can steal it!).
Name: Charlene O'Rourke
Job: Blogger & Fashion Designer at Mutinous Daze and part time Shop Girl.
The WIWT Interview – we take a nosy around your wardrobe. This week we've asked Amy Rycroft, Menswear Buyer for ASOS, to come and chat to us.
Name: Amy Rycroft
Location: East London
Job: Menswear Buyer for ASOS.com
WIWT Profile: amyry