Frankie from Swell Vintage answered these questions about her personal style over at her blog some time ago, and I have reproduced them for readers of The Style PA. The images show some of Frankie's vintage jewellery creations which you can browse and buy via Etsy.
Describe your personal style:
Ohh this is a toughie. I like to think of my style is quite relaxed and chic. I like classic cuts and, of course, plenty of vintage. I aim to look like a librarian most of the time.
What are the staples in your wardrobe?
These would be vintage dresses, skirts and flats. I need to start investing in heels. I also love a good cardie.
What's your signature look?
A typical Frankie outfit = vintage dress/vintage skirt & long sleeved black top combo, long cardigan (probably from Topshop), black opaque tights, ballet pumps and usually one of my own necklaces. I am a human sandwich board for my stuff.
What inspires you?
Oh, so much! It can be anything for me - old films, 20s-30s fashion, Agatha Christie books, Etsy, old photographs, style blogs, beautiful food or a twee vintage print. I'm open to anything.
Who is your fashion muse?
I think about this a lot, and it's hard as I change my mind all the time. At the moment, I'm loving Daisy Lowe, Chloë Sevigny, Edie Sedgwick (always) and all of the women on ITV's series of Poirot. I'm also continually inspired by the style of my friends, especially Edith and Ruth. They take charity shopping to a whole new level.
Favorite purchase of all time:
My laptop. It changed my life - my name is Frankie, and I am an Internet addict.
I don't tend to spend too much on clothes if I can help it (although I've been more than tempted from time to time). Again, probably my laptop. Although I am due a new one...
What's your beauty routine?
I try to keep it simple, as my skin can be a pain in the arse! I use a face wipe to get my make up off, then Dermalogica face wash, an Anne French cleanser/toner thing then moisturiser - Dermalogica for day, Olay for night. Wow, that's not very simple, is it?
What jewellery do you never take off?
A sterling silver t-bar bracelet, which was a gift from my Mother. Classic.
What are you wishing for?
Exciting times ahead. Especially in regard to my jewellery.
What are your obsessions?
At the moment, it's Twitter, Flickr, How I Met Your Mother, Polaroid film, making lockets and fussing over my new fringe.
Originally published here.
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