This week STYLE MATTERS is the gorgeous beauty blogger Carole, who has guest blogged before for Loved by Lizzi.
Carole is 43 and lives in Kent and she shares are daily outfits on Instagram at @carolem_beauty, Carole has become known for her particularly style of pose which is known as #thecarole ! – We both hope you enjoy the interview.
Love, Lizzi x
How do you describe your personal style?
I would describe my personal style as fairly glamorous while incorporating some of the latest trends. As I have got older I have definitely got braver with my fashion choices – I wear much more colour and print than I used to. I think my personal style is changing a lot at the moment.
Why does style matter to you?
Style matters to me as I see it as an extension of my personality. It’s a way for me to express myself and show individuality.
Have you always been interested in style?
Style and fashion have always been an interest of mine. Some of my happiest memories as a teenage girl are spending my Saturdays going to Chelsea Girl and Miss Selfridge with my friends and spending hours trying on clothes in the communal changing rooms. I still have such fond memories of some fabulous velvet hot pants that I had as a 17 year old…!
What would be your signature style look?
My signature style I would say would either be skinny jeans with a blazer and some kind of shirt/blouse, or either a dress or skirt with trainers. I would have to say a good lip colour would also have to be involved – I am never seen with a bare lip. I find this such a hard question to answer though as I don’t know if I have one particular style.
What’s your view on fashion vs. style?
To me style is timeless and is also very individual and unique. While fashion is more of a quick fix or update for my wardrobe. I would say a great example of fashion just now is the animal print trend.
What is your body shape?
In terms of my body shape I am of average height or maybe you would call me short (I am 5ft 4”) but I would say the main defining characteristic of my body shape is that I am very top heavy. I would classify myself as an “apple” meaning I seem to put weight on my tummy area but have slim arms and legs.
Have you worked this out for yourself or did you get professional advice/training?
I have always had this body shape and it’s not really changed as I have got older.
What is the best thing about being Apple shape?
The best thing about my body shape is whilst being top heavy my limbs are quite slim so I like to dress to show my legs or my arms.
What’s not so easy about your Apple shape?
The downside of my body shape is that being so top heavy means wearing certain dress styles or tops just don’t work on me.
What three styling tips do you have for Apple shape?
- No high necks as these make me look even more top heavy and make me look bigger than I am
- Show off the legs when you can as if you are like me they are probably your best asset
- Nothing tight around the stomach area – I have never had a flat stomach so I try and avoid pleats or ruffles around this area as these just add bulk
What must you avoid (regardless of if it’s in fashion) for your Apple shape?
Following on from the above, I avoid wearing polo necks, biker jackets and pleated skirts. I am so sad I can’t wear biker jackets but I have yet to find one that flatters my shape. They always tend to be too boxy and have too much going on around the chest area.
What are your three favourite stores to shop (bricks or clicks!)?
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What do you own that you will never ever give away?
I have to say I am not very sentimental with clothes or things and having only a boy I don’t think there has ever been anything I wouldn’t part with. Saying that if I can include accessories it would be my Cartier watch.
Carole has been on the blog a couple of times before, so if you missed out you can read A DATE WITH LIZZI – MEET BEAUTY BLOGGER CAROLE MARCHANT and FIVE BEAUTY PRODUCTS TO TAKE ON HOLIDAY.
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