The Style Alumnae, Series 2 with Rachelle Unreich

Name: Rachelle Unreich

Occupation: Journalist

What’s your definition of style?
Thoughtfulness behind design, attention to detail, unique point of view, room for playfulness

You inspire and empower many women with your own style, who are your fashion icons and inspirations?
If love Daphne Guinness so much that I once wrote an article wherein I dressed like her to see what the reaction would be to her look, worn by me. I love her in-your-face fearlessness, her white-and-black hair and the fact that if you see old photos of her, she looks so much like a daggy debutante – she completely transformed her style as she got older. I also learned that I am not comfortable dressing like her in everyday life, but I wish I had her guts. Other honorable mentions include anyone in old Slim Aarons’ photos and the women of a certain age featured in Advanced Style, because I love the fact that fashion and style transcends age.

Why did you select this Micky In The Van outfit and what are your thoughts on the label?
I love looking ladylike, and am a fan of skirts. I lean towards structured garments, so the fact that the coat accentuated the waistline and had these billowing cuffs really appealed to me. I love wearing “day” clothes that have elegance and feel dressed up – it always makes me feel better about myself if the day has a sense of occasion to it. I’d always rather be overdressed than underdressed. I gravitate towards cuffs and the feminine flower design appealed to me. And I loved the transparency of the shirt which lightens the outfit and adds colour, especially with so much grey and charcoal in the rest of the look. I am over wearing head-to-toe black. I think if you are, ahem, older, too many dark colours can look ageing and drab.

What are three key items of clothing/accessories/footwear that you believe are must haves?
An unusual, embellished dress that is flattering enough to be worn without dieting or restrictive underwear, so that you can just throw it on and feel put-together without having to do anything else. A dressy coat that salvages your look for days when what you wear underneath can barely pass muster. An oversized, super soft shawl is my always-in-the-boot-of-my-car item that has saved me from freezing on cold days, in movie theatres and on planes.

What would be one essential piece of fashion advice that you’d like to pass on to the sisterhood?
Spend more on less. My mother taught me that it’s better to own fewer expensive, classic items that will stand the test of time and that you will really love and look good in than an abundance of throwaway items that never look quite right.

What is a mantra/quote that you follow that has helped you with your success?
Don’t give up. Success doesn’t come easily to anyone, and even if it somehow does, you have to work hard to keep it going. Successful people have withstood hard times and rejection. When I have interviewed famous people for magazines, their common point isn’t their talent or beauty or age or relevance – it’s their thick skin and determination to keep going, to not have a plan B.

Sending you all love!

Estelle x

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