28 Feb Office Style: Michelle
MICHELLE – CLOTHING/ACCESSORY BUYER
How does where you work influence your style?
I have worked within the surf retail industry for quite awhile now – so it really influences my style. I love the brands that we stock, I don’t tend to have a favourite but rather I am drawn to individual pieces. Seeing the ranges 6 months out from when the products will actually arrive in store is so much fun – all the new trends, shapes, colours…the only trouble is that I often find myself thinking about the season ahead. When everyone else is getting excited for summer clothing, my mind is on chunky knitwear and jackets!
Go-To styling trick?
Start with one piece that you love and work from there. An awesome fitting pair of jeans, a floaty dress, a cute knit, whatever it may be – then add footwear and I am a sucker for quirky jewellery pieces.
Favourite part about your job?
The people I get to meet – from sales reps, to designers, to marketing people, to our staff and customers on the shop floor. Also, there’s no denying – I love the clothes! I love that every day is different, it keeps me engaged and on my toes. Every day brings about a new challenge.
One thing in your wardrobe that you could not live without?
A good denim chambray shirt – I’ve just updated mine to the new Ziggy ‘Let Loose’ Shirt, which has just arrived in store. It’s a great trans-seasonal piece, worn buttoned up or open with a simple tee shirt worn underneath.
If you could only wear one colour for the rest of your life, what would it be?
…Black. It probably sounds dull but it never dates. Plus I love the way a well-loved black item of clothing fades with time.