My Style: Claire Liu

Portrait of Claire Liu of Von Vogue

Portrait: Courtesy of Claire Liu

The three essential things a woman should know about style are…

Feel confident, understand your body shape and what styles suit you the most, have some courage to try new things!

Please describe your style in three words.

Minimalism, timeless, and basic.

What is the biggest mistake one can make when getting dressed?

Not knowing what they actually want to wear without feeling confident.

Do you believe in role models?

Definitely yes! It’s good to have inspirational role models with positive motivation and they help you achieve your goals. Maybe one day you’ll start inspiring other people as well.

What are your favourite fabrics?

Silk, cashmere, and denim.

Are there any style combinations that you object to?

No, everyone is different and has their unique style.

Which city has the best-dressed women?

I haven't been there yet, but I believe it's Paris: chic and timeless style.

Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

I'd say I'm conservative, but I do like breaking the rules sometimes (in a good way, I believe!).

What are the rules in the way you dress?

The only rule is: if I don't feel confident and comfortable in the way I dress, then I shouldn’t be wearing that.

Celebrities and style...

Do not work magically over one night.

Name one garment/accessory that you can never have enough of?

Ankle-strap heels! I do believe a pair of shoes represents one's personality or mood that day.

A woman should always look like…

Truly herself with strong confidence.

Who taught you what you know about style?

I get inspirations from fashion magazines (or online source) and fashionistas.

How do you select your clothing every morning?

It really depends on how I'm feeling that day, but I usually start with bottoms first and then move from there.

What is your biggest regret?

Not moving to Toronto when I had the chance.

Do you have any shopping rituals?

I am an online-shopping enthusiast, but my favourite time to shop in store is Monday and Tuesday (to avoid the crowd!).

We will never see you wearing...

See-through pants… unless it's for beachwear.

Which new designers do you follow and why?

New York-based Ramon Martin and Ryan Lobo of TOME for their simple feminine collections mixing with fascinating textures‐perfect for people who are looking into minimalism with a twist of texture.

Who is the most stylish person you have ever seen?

Aimee Song of Song of Style. She definitely knows how to dress and get those perfect legs out!

What is the first thing you notice on a woman?

Her eye make-up.

What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?

A pair of pointy flats from Rupert Sanderson‐people always ask me where I got them from!

The one image that defined your approach to style...

This year's spring issue from Porter Magazine.

Which designer never fails to impress you?

Jil Sander for her clean-line minimalist collections.

One article of clothing that a woman needs to pay close attention to is…

Her lingerie and skin. Take care of your skin because it will show all the details.

Is comfort an enemy of style?

No, wearing something comfortable should not be limited to sweat pants and sweaters.

The best words of advice you have ever heard?

A smile is the best accessory you can have!

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