Today is National Best Friends Day and we couldn’t think of a better friendship than Kristabel and Lucy’s. The bloggers and housemates have a unique and quirky style and it’s safe to say, they’re both obsessed with colour. In celebration of their friendship, we decided that National Best Friends Day was a great excuse to get the girls to style each other and do an exclusive interview, giving us an insight into their life as roomies.
How would you describe your best friend’s style?
Lucy: Kristabel, like me, LOVES colour and print so you’ll usually find her sporting a strong pattern on at least the top or bottom of her outfit (if not both – she’s partial to a co-ord). Her style is fun, feminine with a strong silhouette, ideally cropped, high waisted and finished off with a chunky shoe. You’ll usually find her in an A-line skirt with a tucked in jumper or a pretty midi dress with an espadrille or a flatform boot.
Kristabel: I love that one day Lucy will remind me of a 90s kids television presenter and the next she’ll be in a bright maxi dress with an open back. We definitely have a few similarities when it comes to style; the words eclectic, colourful and print-heavy always spring to mind. To get even more specific, she tends to favour poppy brights, stripes, wide-legged palazzo pants and even a bit of high shine. There is a lot of cross-over between us though, we both love gingham but we’ll wear it in completely different ways. I’m more of a retro midi dress girl whereas Lucy will go for a quirky, asymmetric skirt.
What do you love about her style?
L: I love that it’s close enough to mine that I can borrow most of her clothes. I love some of the cuts that she gets too – boxy knits, mini skirts, fashion coats and neat leather bags. She currently has an enviable collection of straw bags which luckily, she’s informed me I can pinch. I love that she knows what she likes, and what suits her body shape and puts together really cool outfits that inspire me. She looks amazing almost all of the time!
K: If I’m ever stuck on how to style trousers or denim, then I only need to look at her Instagram feed. She has the confidence to pull off outfits I’d feel self-conscious wearing and treats every day as an experiment. I sometimes tease her about the time she went out in just a coat, vest top, knee-high socks and heels but I quite like the fact that she had no inhibitions at the time.
What would you like to see her wearing more of?
L: I would never tell her what to wear but I think she looks amazing showing a little more neck and decolletage (trying to sound tasteful here). It’s flattering!
K: I would never tell her what to wear as she always seems pretty comfortable and secure in her choices. Perhaps she could buy more things that I can borrow? I wouldn’t say no to more gingham…
How has your best friend’s style influenced you?
L: If I see her in a cracking outfit where she’s paired pieces together that I wouldn’t have thought myself, then I’ll make a mental note to borrow a piece and try it for myself. I wouldn’t think to wear a tight crop top with a midi skirt but it looks great on her.
K: Lucy definitely makes me want to be a bit braver with my outfits. She has an instinctive way of getting dressed and tends to go for how she feels in that moment, whereas I will always check the weather and restrict myself. Recently she’s inspired me to try bold statement earrings, such as the ones I’m wearing from New Look. It’s just another way to express yourself through jewellery and I definitely have some catching up to do. I swear she has a pair for every day of the month!
Do you borrow each other’s clothes? Which items do you love to wear of hers?
L: See above haha! I’ve borrowed her grey check blazer a couple of times and her cream knit with sporty stripes on the chest is basically mine now. It totally makes sense to borrow things from each other. We have the same style and both like to keep vaguely in fashion so upping the cost per wear on an item that might have a relatively short life is more ethical.
K: Yes, it’s one of the best things about living together! Having access to her extensive wardrobe gives me the chance to experiment with prints and shapes I wouldn’t usually buy. Take her red side-stripe trousers for example, I would have been a bit daunted if I’d spotted them online but ended up trying them once I’d spotted them on her. I’m also rather partial to her rust-coloured suit, slogan tees and stripy jumper collection. It just shows how versatile some of these items can be, as we style them completely differently.
Which was your favourite piece that you picked for this shoot?
L: The suit is amazing but my secret love is the Whistles T-shirt worn underneath which I got via ASOS. Their jersey is so soft, fine and barely creases so is super-comfortable and practical. I’ve learnt that it’s a good idea to have a strong collection of white slogan or icon tees to layer under bold clothing to neutralise it a bit.
K: As Lucy mentioned, I love a midi dress and Mango always has a great range for Summer. They’re such a great option whether there’s a heatwave or grey skies, as they look great with a biker jacket layered on top.
Chain Cross Body Bag £17.99 at Mango
Circle Handle Straw Beach Bag was £25 now £18 at Very (Similar to Kristabel’s bag)
June 5th 2018 - by @CollectPlus