My Style: Kendall Conrad

Portrait of Kendall Conrad

Portrait: Chito Yoshida — Courtesy of Kendall Conrad

Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

I suppose conservative. I do not like flashy clothing or shock value. I don't want to call too much attention to myself.

Please describe your style in three words.

Comfortable, tailored, classic.

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

Over-doing it.

Do you believe in role models?

Oh yes! Role models provide dreams to aspire to.

Kendall Conrad Creta Cuff

What are your favourite fabrics?

Cashmere in the winter and linen and gauze in the summer.

Are there any style combinations that you object to?

Well, to each his own. Some people can certainly pull this off, but personally I would not put pink with red, or multiple prints together.

Which city has the best-dressed women?

Of course Paris and London, but I especially love the Spanish style in Sevilla.

What are the rules in the way you dress?

I rarely wear prints. I go for earth tones and I mix masculine with feminine. I only expose legs or only arms and chest, I don't do both at the same time unless I'm at the beach.

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Celebrities and style...

The chicest celebrities are Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Lupita Nyong'o.

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

Cashmere V-necks, cashmere scarves and shorts.

A woman should always look like…

She is comfortable in her skin.

Who taught you what you know about style?

The French. I lived in Paris in my twenties.

How do you select your clothing every morning?

I wear uniforms for the most part, as I do not want to spend too much time thinking about what to wear.

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

Wear what you feel comfortable in, wear what flatters your best asset, and make sure it fits you correctly.

We will never see you wearing...

A poufy skirt.

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Who is the most stylish person you have ever seen?

Georgia O'Keeffe. She was totally herself.

What is the first thing you notice on a woman?

How she carries herself, her eyes and her smile.

What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?

The sandals that I made and a Saint Laurent Le Smoking jacket.

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

It's hard to pick one, but I love a 70's picture of Lisa Taylor driving from Arthur Elgort which was published in Vogue.

Which designer never fails to impress you?

Hedi Slimane for Saint Laurent.

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

Beautiful and comfortable lingerie.

Kendall Conrad leather bangle

Is comfort an enemy of style?

No way! If a woman is comfortable, she will feel more confident. There is no reason why chic cannot be comfortable.

Who would you like to recommend for My Style?

Julia Leach from Chance clothing.

The best words of advice you have ever heard?

“Once you've dressed, and before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off.” — Coco Chanel.

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