What to Wear this Week: Freddie Harrel
How to make human sunshine: add color, smile
What do you ask yourself when getting dressed in the morning? Whether or not you’re inclined to admit the impetus of why you say what you do with the clothes that you wear, they make a statement. You make a choice about how you will present yourself, to wear a thing that will pick up slack where words might fail you, or conversely, surprise the onlookers who become your audience. It’s an intellectual choice whether or not you’re willing to see it and everyone participates in its power.
What do you “do” for a living and what’s the best part of your job?
I’m a fashion blogger, a confidence consultant and I recently launched SHE Unleashed, which is a workshop I host for women. SHE Unleashed’s core message is that we are all made of these several amazing characters but life happens and we tend to miss or suppress some of them. The workshop shows women how going on a journey of self-exploration can impact their confidence, their performance and happiness. I’m also about to launch a brand of “fair” hair extensions called Big Hair No Care. It’s 100% premium synthetic, produced in a factory where we know people are treated fairly.
What would you do if you didn’t work in fashion?
I like to think that I would have been a cool trapezist, although I’ve never tried.
What are you thinking when you get dressed in the morning? Do you ask yourself any questions?
Which Freddie gets some air time today? There are several of us and it’s all about which one manifests herself in the morning!
Do you start from the shoes and work your way up, or clothes and then down? Do the pieces you choose to wear aim to say anything specific?
It really depends! There’s usually a piece I really want to wear; it could be a pair of trainers, heels, a pair of jeans or a top, but usually it starts with shoes or bottoms. What I wear really aims to embody how I feel on that day. I like my outfit to translate my mood, whether it is fierce, creative, vulnerable, etc.
Foolproof styling trick?
I recently discovered the Invisible Heels and they’re amazing! Not only do they make you look taller, but they make your shoes so much more comfortable (and I’m pretty sure they make you workout, too). Ideal if you love to walk!
The one garment that never lets you down?
The one that always lets you down?
I have this amazing balcony top with a bow in the middle but you definitely need bigger boobs to do it justice. I can barely fill it up!
Your best shopping tip?
Sales are underrated! Here in the UK, Zara and & Other stories only go on sale twice a year (the rest go on sale a minimum 4 times), but when they do, they don’t mess about! I rarely shop in these shops outside of sale yet I have tons of their clothes. So, consider these shops for their amazing sales, try not to shop there too often and indulge in half-price labels.
Oh, and embrace shopping cheap. Some people will judge you for that but they’re usually the first ones to envy your closet!
What does the perfect outfit look like to you?
It has to look crazy! But if not, I love bold shapes and textures. I love a piece that holds its strong shape, as if it was a super hero costume, really. I love a good color clash, shoulder pads and a nice faux-fur. If you mash everything together, you’re pretty close to perfection for me.
How does makeup and hair play a role in planning your outfits? Does hair and makeup come first, and then the outfit, or is it the other way around?
I’ve been wearing the same makeup for years now. On my wedding day I was rocking the same makeup as I did last Monday. Same for the hair, although I wrap it up when I want more of a romantic finish or when I feel lazy. And when I do, it comes before the outfit!
What’s the fastest way to fix an outfit you hate if you can’t go home and change?
Throw a bold lipstick in the mix, try small changes (button up/down, roll up the bottom, etc.) but most of all, smile! It’s the best way to own an outfit.