Amanda Woodward in Kirei
Fashion editor Amanda Woodward-Brown feels like summer personified! Just talking to her makes us think of beaches and glorious sunshine. Being six months pregnant didn’t slow her down one bit either… That’s it. We want a holiday!
If you had to list 3 must have items in your wardrobe what would they be?
A cashmere boyfriend sweater – it looks just as chic paired with distressed denim as with a pencil skirt. A trench – you always need a cover-up in London and it’s a style that will never date. I invested in a classic Burberry a few years ago and it always makes me feel instantly pulled together. A pleated skirt. They are my sartorial weakness. Short or long I can’t resist buying them. My current favourites are a silver-coated midi style and an A-line, laser-cut, tiered design made from a black material that looks a little like plastic. They are the one piece I really miss wearing and can’t wait to get back into post-pregnancy.
Can you remember your first item of clothing that made you feel like a grown up?
A vintage black shift dress that I bought when I was 21 and starting out in fashion magazines. I used to wear it with sky-high Balenciaga heels that I doubt I could even walk in now!
Do you have any major style faux pas?
I don’t have any particular fashion faux pas, as what looks amazing on one person can look terrible on another. However I would say never follow a trend for the sake of it. Dressing to suit your shape and your style is far more important than buying into a passing look.
Is there an piece of clothing you’ve always wanted to own? Why?
A Valentino couture dress. I love Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli’s modern but ultra-feminine designs. They are breathtakingly beautiful. I wouldn’t even want to wear it, just hang it somewhere where I can look at it everyday.
Would you say you are a shoes or bag girl?
Shoes! A statement flat or heel can instantly dress up even the simplest look. I tend to dress in quite pared-back pieces but I love crazy heels. Although with a toddler to chase after, you will usually find me in flats these days.
Do you have an all time favourite style purchase?
My Charlotte Olympia nude satin heels that I wore for my wedding. I love how the ladylike shape is given a witty twist with mesh and raffia pom poms. They are ridiculously high and I very rarely get a chance to wear them but I will never part with them.