My Style: Stefanie Jones

Portrait of Stefanie Jones

Portrait: Courtesy of Stefanie Jones

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

Be true to yourself. Be open to new ideas. Have fun and don't take fashion too seriously.

Please describe your style in three words.

Fun, colourful, and feminine.

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

Look at trends for inspiration, but don't copy the look from head to toe—you won't look original, so make sure you put your own stamp on it.

Do you believe in role models?

Definitely. It’s really healthy to have inspirational role models to help you strive to be the best person you can be.

What are your favourite fabrics?

I adore leather—be it on trousers or jackets or accessories. My style is very feminine so leather helps to give my look an edge.

Are there any style combinations that you object to?

I live in London where combining is central to the city's style. Many of the things I see I would never do myself, but I love having my notion of fashion pushed.

Which city has the best-dressed women?

I love Parisian chic; it's classic and timeless. However, London is hands down the most unique fashion capital in the world.

Would you say that you are conservative or bold?

It really depends on what mood I'm in, or what an event I'm attending requires. For fashion week for example, I like to experiment a bit more, whereas on a red carpet I would be a lot more traditional.

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

The rule is that there are no rules! It is important to me to feel happy and confident in my outfit choices. There's nothing worse than going out and not feeling 100% about it.

Celebrities and style...

Should be no one's Bible. Be inspired, but never emulate.

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

Shoes! It's such a cliché, but I do have a ridiculous collection of shoes.

A woman should always look like...

The best version of themselves.

Who taught you what you know about style?

I grew up watching/admiring my mother getting ready for evening dinner dances and from her I inherited a sense of pride in the way that an outfit looks as a whole.

How do you select your clothing every morning?

It is completely dependent on how I'm feeling, or even what I’m doing that day. My schedule is very varied, so I must accommodate most days to what events I’m attending, or if I’m filming or having meetings. Each occasion calls for a different look.

What is your biggest regret?

Wearing an outfit that was too tight and it ripped whilst I was dancing. Not a good look. From that I learned it's always important to remember what you’re doing before choosing an outfit!

Do you have any shopping rituals?

I actually hate shopping, so the quicker and the faster the better—thank God for stylists!

We will never see you wearing...

Anything see-through, no nipple exposure! Rihanna can pull off that look beautifully, but it's definitely not for me.

Which new designers do you follow and why?

Richard Nicoll has been around for seasons, but he's a favourite. He does a lot of metallics and his choice of footwear is always to-die-for. Antonio Berardi always does very feminine, sexy runways, which I'm a big fan of.

Who is the most stylish person you have ever seen?

Olivia Palermo all the way! She's the ultimate!

What is the first thing you notice on a woman?

How her make-up has been applied. I'm a huge cosmetic fan and I always notice how well done a look has been applied.

What are the most treasured items in your wardrobe?

A pair of limited edition spikey, Swarovski-encrusted Louboutins I own never fail to get a reaction.

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

Brigitte Bardot in Contempt. The hair, the make-up, the styling, the brooding—everything comes together just so.

Which designer never fails to impress you?

Alberta Ferretti is everything I love: colourful, playful and very feminine.

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

Her lingerie! Be aware of it, and wear something pretty or colourful—none of these nude basics!

Is comfort an enemy of style?

As Anna Dello Russo would have it: “Fashion is always uncomfortable. If you feel comfortable, you never get the look.” That might be a little extreme, but it's sort of fail-safe too…

Who would you like to recommend next for My Style?

I have been following Agi & Sam ever since their MAN collections, and I love how they've grown and are becoming real players in the fashion industry.

The best words of advice you have ever heard?

A stylist once said to me it’s all about finding the colours that suit your skin tone and the shapes that suit your body type. It made me want to take my time to really understand what suits me.

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