Introducing Miranda Almond, contributing fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar. From Vogue to POP magazine, Miranda has worked for some of the world’s most respected fashion publications. Read her Wardrobe Spotlight feature below to hear all on her most cherished, conversation-starting piece in her wardrobe
How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as chic and minimal. It’s pretty considered, unfussy and practical for work. I like to be a bit more sophisticated and a little bit sexy for occasion wear. In the day, it’s definitely a smart casual vibes.
What are two things you’d save from your wardrobe in a fire and why?
The first thing is an old vintage ACDC t-shirt that I got from Camden market when I was a teenager. It’s literally been around the world with me and back again. It’s so worn in, so soft and I love wearing it; it makes me feel a little bit rock and roll. In many situations it’s made me friends. People notice the t-shirt and they come and chat to me. It’s started conversations when I’ve been trying to check in somewhere or when there’s a problem with a booking. People respond to it in a positive way! The second item would be my Burberry bikini which I wore when I met my husband. I was wearing it underneath a dress at a club. That was quite daring for me back then, but it’s very special to me because I met my husband that night, so it must have been looking good!
What is your favourite ever preloved purchase and why?
My sheepskin Acne jacket! Because my uniform daytime look is very much based on jeans and a shirt, t-shirt, cashmere jumper or hoodie, putting that Acne jacket over the top just smartens it up and makes it look a bit more effortless. It’s superwarm and smart so it’s the perfect balance of smart casual.
What is the one thing you wish you could tell your 16 year old self?
Don’t worry so much about what other people think. If you want to wear something just wear it. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Your style evolves over the years, so don’t worry if you make a mistake at sixteen. That is what being sixteen is all about. Making mistakes and finding yourself and your style. I went through so many phases when I was a teenager. I went from being a gough to being into leggings and casual looks. Then I was into the whole 90s thing! I went through so many phases which were all fun in their own way. I look back at pictures of myself – some of the choices were questionable but it’s all a learning process. As we get older, our bodies change and there are parts we love showing off and others we don’t. I used to love wearing low cut trousers and crop tops and I felt quite proud of my belly situation, but post-children is a whole different thing!
So many people want to be more sustainable with their style. What has your experience been with this?
It’s so much easier now. There are so many places to find preloved fashion and you can buy pretty much anything for any occasion. It’s such a growing market which is so exciting. It really is the most sustainable way to love and wear fashion. When buying preloved, you’re buying into a brand’s quality so it stands the test of time. You want to buy something that has been made well which was probably quite expensive to buy from new. If it’s a good quality item and you decide to sell it on again, it’s going to have a life with someone else and they will get a lot of use out of it too. Pieces that are slightly more expensive are better made and better quality and will therefore last longer and look good for longer. I definitely don’t want to buy high-street anymore because it just doesn’t have that sustainable quality to it. All of the brands selling on StyleSwap are great. I’m so excited to be selling my pieces on my profile!