My Style: Rebekah Roy

Portrait of British fashion stylist Rebekah Roy

Photo: Christopher Dadey — courtesy of Rebekah Roy

Do you believe in role models?

I love role models and think everyone should have several.

Are there any style combinations that you object to?

No, I have very few fashion objections.

What are your favourite fabrics?

I adore silks, leather, and cashmere.

Please describe your style in three words.

Vintage, Japanese, and rock 'n' roll inspired.

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

Thinking that how you dress won’t affect how you feel that day.

Which city has the best-dressed women?

There are so many stylish women in the world and each city still manages to have its own unique style, but I do love London.

Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

I love colour. However, while working I’m often wearing black so even if it’s a bold cut it feels muted or conservative because it’s black.

What are the rules, if any, in the way you dress?

I don’t have very many fashion rules — if any.

Celebrities and style...

Don’t always go together but when it works it can be a wonderful, inspiring and powerful combination!

One garment/accessory that you can never have enough of?

Good underwear.

A woman should always look like...

Herself.

How do you select your clothing every morning?

It’s random. I generally check the weather each morning and that often influences my decision but it also depends on my schedule that day. If I’m walking a lot I always prefer flats.

What is your biggest regret?

I don’t really have regrets, I just like to get on with things.

Do you have any shopping rituals?

I rarely shop, but I think it’s important for one to take time while shopping. Very few people make good shopping decisions when they feel rushed, and usually end up buying something that they don’t truly love.

We will never see you wearing...

Hmm I’ll try on most things to see how they fit and what they’re about but if it’s not me you won’t see me wearing it out. It doesn’t mean that I didn’t like it — it just wasn’t me.

Which new designers do you follow and why?

I adore so many new designers. I style Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s 'One to Watch' and I’m the fashion director of Phoenix magazine so I have the opportunity to work with lots of new talent — which is one of my favourite things. New designers have so many challenges when they’re just starting out and it’s important they get the right advice and support.

What is the first thing you notice on a woman?

It’s a combination of several things all at once — their personal style, their face, and most of all their attitude.

What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?

I have so many wonderful things: from some great Robert Cary-Williams bullet t-shirts and dresses, vintage Christian Lacroix skirts, a William Tempest dress and coat and an Alice Palmer coat. Clothing has to be personal. One of the things I love the most is a pink cardigan that my grandmother knitted for herself.

Is comfort an enemy of style?

You shouldn’t have to feel uncomfortable to be stylish.

Who would you like to see next in œMy Style€?

Jessica Bumpus.

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