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Mix, match, accessorize

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Mix, match, accessorize

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How would you define your personal style?
Classic, chic and very individual. When it comes to dressing, quality over quantity always works. Mixing pricier staples with cheaper, trendier accessories always works.
Do you find that you follow fashion trends or do you play by your own rules?
I wear what works for my body and what I feel comfortable in. If I can’t find a piece of clothing or jewellery, I’ll make it instead of settling for something I’m not wild about. Actually that’s how my jewellery line JackJewellery came about.
Has your fashion sense changed over the years or has it remained the same?
It definitely has changed in the sense that quality is more important  to me now than quantity. Before, I would buy many cheaper things in many different colours. Now I’d purchase one pricier item, in a neutral colour that I know will work with other things I already own and last much longer.
As a child were you always into clothes or did you grow into your fashion sense?
Even though as a child I was a tomboy and refused to wear a skirt or dress, I would still play with my mother’s make-up and jewellery. Actually I now own a lot of my mum’s jewellery.
Are there any colours that you tend to shy away from and if so, why?
I embrace all colours, once the shade compliments my skin tone, that is important. Some people may shy away from say, bright orange, but if they try the same garment in a burnt-ombre or rust, it may suit them, yet it’s still in the orange-colour family.
How does your day-to-day life factor into your wardrobe choices?
I vary between tailored suits and casual chic. My office dress code is pretty relaxed, though, so anything from wrap dresses to skinny jeans with a tank, jacket and heels with statement earrings or a necklace.
Are there any designers that you like or whose clothing stands out with you?
I really like the resort look of the pieces from Pink Lemonade, the detail in Jackie Brathwaite’s crochet designs, and the colour and fun in Toni Thorne’s BoUik. Antonio Cumberbatch is also excellent at tailoring, I think his pieces can compete with any international designer. Regionally I adore Anya Ayoung-Chee of Trinidad and Tobago.
What are five things that every woman must have in her closet?
1) Good foundation garments. The wrong bra or panty can completely ruin an otherwise nice outfit.
2)  A go-to dress. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a little black dress (LBD), but it should evoke confidence and style and be versatile enough to wear to most events.
3) Heels, whether in neutral or vibrant colours, heels immediately make you feel sexier and instantly lengthen legs. Plus there are various heights for everyone, from kitten heels to stilettos. For me, the higher, the better.
4) Acessories. This includes not only necklaces and earrings but extend to handbags and clutches. They can make the most basic outfit come alive. Its also the cheapest and most versatile way to change your looks. You can be bright and fun one minute, classy the next.
5) Most importantly every woman should have that one timeless article of clothing that when you wear it, you feel confident, beautiful and comfortable.