Within this fashion-focused interview series, The Style Edit dives into the style tips, tricks and secrets of our favourite fashionable people. This week, we’re chatting to beauty and lifestyle blogger, Gemma-Louise Bond (@thatbelfastgirl).
For those connected to the fashion industry, fashion is so much more than the clothes on your back and for Gemma-Louise, that’s apparent. It’s about what the clothes say, how they feel, what they mean. In Gemma-Louise’s case, it’s the designer pieces that she worked hard for, committed to saving for and purchased as recognition for important milestones within her life. Further to her fashionable cause, Gemma-Louise combines fashion as a form of expression with practicality to create the perfect wardrobe formula that takes her from workwear to weekend at the click of her fingers. Throw in the beauty expertise that her followers have come to know and love her for and hey presto, we’ve got ourselves an influencer who takes pride in living her fashionable life while supporting and bringing her followers along with her.
Here, Gemma-Louise tells us how she first fell in love with fashion, her fail-safe formula for workwear and the fashion icons that first brought her personal style to life.
Tell us about your first fashion-related memory
Watching my mum getting ready to go out on a Saturday night into Belfast. I loved watching her pick and plan her outfit, do her tan and makeup! She always loved the process. She always had the radio or a CD on to get her excited. It’s ironic because I’m now exactly like her!
Do you try to incorporate a particular outfit formula to your workwear?
Pick good basics. I love well fitting dresses from places like COS and slim cut trousers that can be paired with everything. I also love to layer. I usually do a colour story on a Sunday night so my week is well planned. Plus it cuts down on washing if you can re-wear!
Does your approach to fashion differ with workwear and weekend wear? If so, how?
I have never been a suit person and although I work in a corporate environment, my day job is still really creative. For instance, I wore gold trousers, a blazer and black polo neck to work today. I’d wear the gold trousers at the weekend with a slouchy tee and trainers & denim jacket. I think it’s so important for workwear to show your personality. The day I put on a black suit is the day I sell my soul.
“It’s so important for workwear to show your personality. The day I put on a black suit is the day I sell my soul.”
What does fashion mean to you?
Fun, personality, pushing boundaries and celebrating being a woman.
Tell us about the most sentimental item in your wardrobe
I have a beautiful dress that I wore to the Chelsea Flower Show a few years ago. It’s all covered in flowers in baby pink. I had so many compliments on it at the show as I paired it with pink sliders and a big massive flower basket bag. Even a few celebs told me it was fab!
Best shopping tip you’ve learned along the way
Sales can be amazing if you plot out what you need. Take it as an opportunity to get amazing basics – a good coat, boots or shoes will always last. Plan for sales and look for those gaps in your wardrobe rather than buying trend-led pieces.
“Plan for sales and look for those gaps in your wardrobe rather than buying trend-led pieces.”
What’s your go-to confidence-boosting outfit?
High waisted jeans, bodysuit, gold hoops, red lipstick, black heels. Never fails me!
One fashion rule you live by
A good coat will always make you look a million dollars
High street hero?
Zara. Thank goodness it’s back in Belfast. I’m also a big COS fan – we need one in Belfast!
Valentino. The female shapes of their clothing are beautiful.
Do you have any designer items? Tell us about your dream designer purchase/first ever designer purchase
I have a few bits. I use designer things as markers in my life to celebrate. I bought a Louis Vuitton when I booked a really big job for my blog. I’d wanted a Speedy since I was 8! I felt like I’d really earned it. I also bought amazing limited edition Valentino Rock Studs when I passed my Master’s.
Tips from going from desk to dancefloor
Bright lip, heaps of highlighter, a packet of chewing gum, lace vest (& a better bra!!). I’m the queen of the turn around as I’ve so many things after work!
How would you describe your style in three words?
Classic, fun, girly
Who inspires your style the most?
I have 2 style icons – Elizabeth Taylor and Catherine Deneuve. Liz had about 15 different styles in her life where as Catherine is the ultimate classic French babe!
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