This month we speak to Kate Oldfield about her passion for fashion
How would you describe your style at work?
Lawyers can dress conservatively but I’ve never been like that. I use clothes to express myself both in and outside of work – especially via my choice of shoes!
Who’s fashion and style do you most admire?
I’ve always been inspired by Miuccia Prada but more recently by my daughter, Molly. She started her degree at London College of Fashion last year so it’s been great to see her look evolve over the past few months. She recently did an internship at Philip Treacy which she loved. We went to Royal Ascot in June and she wore one of his amazing hats. I know that I’m biased but she looked stunning!
What’s your favourite label?
I have many and I always mix high street and designer. I love Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg and Mulberry (especially for the handbags) but I’m an avid fan of Topshop, Autograph at M&S and the Somerset by Alice Temperely line at John Lewis. It’s not about how much something costs, it’s all about how a piece of clothing makes you look and feel.
What’s your go to outfit?
An amazing dress and jacket combo from Dolce & Gabbana. It sounds fancy but I bought it at Bicester Village so it was in the sale. It had about 75% knocked off!
What’s your biggest fashion mistake?
The late 70s and early 80s saw some pretty horrendous get-ups. I once purchased a skirt made entirely out of ties. It still haunts me to this day.
How long does it take you to get ready?
In the week only about 30 minutes as I have a strict routine of preparing my work clothes and all my files every night so there’s no faffing around in the morning. However, I like to take my time if we’re going out socially. It usually involves a couple of hours of pampering and a glass of fizz (or two!).
What does fashion and style mean to you?
I use fashion and my personal style to express myself. I’ve always loved clothes and I don’t think that will ever leave me. To me, some of the most stylish women are in their 50s, 60s and 70s – just look at Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren. A person’s style evolves with them and I find that really exciting.
What are your top fashion tips for fellow working women?
I’m no expert but in no particular order my rules are:
1. Have a separate work wardrobe
2. Choose a classic pallet of colours for your formal suits & dresses like navy, black & red
3. Then use accessories to make the look your own
4. But don’t be afraid of patterns – especially in the summer
5. Invest in a quality bag or briefcase. It’s money well spent
6. Finally, don’t be embarrassed about loving fashion!