Street Style is back – but with a twist! Due to social distancing, fashionista’s have been sending in their outfits to give you some style inspiration.
This week, we have fashion bloggers Kerri-ann Hargreaves from The KA Edit, and Rebecca Hermitt, from FashionTrain. We also have dedicated second-hand shopper Hannah, aged 22, telling us which Staffordshire charity shops she bagged her outfit in.
Here are the six fashion-forward locals we picked out this week.
Hannah Garner stopped buying fast fashion 18 months ago after watching a documentary that revealed how much it affects the environment.
The second-hand shopper posts her finds on her Instagram page secondhandhannahg.
The 22-year-old, from Bucknall, saidL “My jumper is from Bernardo’s in Tunstall for £3, the velvet trousers were £4 from Cancer Research in Stone.
“I got my Dr Martens second hand on Depop for £40, The leather jacket is definitely my best purchase – it cost me £13 from Donna Louise in Longton.”
Hannah watched the BBC documentary Stacey Dooley investigates: fashion’s dirty secrets, back in 2018.
She said: “That documentary changed everything for me. I used to buy one new item of clothing a week! I hadn’t even considered the detrimental impact on the environment that fast fashion has.
“I tried not to think about it, but I just felt so guilty, so I stopped buying new. I’d always loved charity shops but now only shopping in them has really allowed me to find my own style and a whole community of people with similar opinions.
“I get a lot of my inspiration from friends, but if I could dress like anyone, it would be Florence Welsh!”
Recruitment consultant business owner Kerri-ann Hargreaves runs her own fashion blog The KA Edit in her spare time.
The 40-year-old, from Wolstanton, loves to dress girly, taking inspiration from Carrie Bradshaw.
She said: “All three items I’m wearing are from my favourite high street stores. The dress was a bargain from Topshop at only £29 and already I have worn it many different ways.
“My blazer was from H&M, and my red boots are from Zara.
“Since the late 90’s when I started to watch Sex & The City I have been inspired by Carrie Bradshaws style – think tulle skirts and pretty dresses. I also love Sienna Miller’s boho Style.”
Kerri-Ann has 10,500 followers on Instagram, where she posts about how she styles herself.
She added: “I found that I was getting lots of love on Instagram for my outfits with questions around piecing outfits together. So I thought I’d transfer it to the blog and add in extra information.”
Laura Cliffe, aged 29, shares a birthday and style inspiration with This Morning television presenter Holly Willoughby.
Laura – who lives in Newcastle-under-Lyme – swears by buying pieces that can be worn time and time again.
She said: “My dress is ASOS, my coat and boots are Dorothy Perkins and my bag is Radley.
“My dress was the best bargain, as it’s currently on sale for £28 online.
“I love Holly Willoughby because she always looks so put together. We also share a birthday, but she’s 10 years older than me.”
Laura first took an interest in fashion as a little girl, and would draw outfits she would like to wear.
She added: “I would always sketch dresses as a little girl, and I still do now and again.
“I started to upload my outfits on Instagram in 2017, and since last year I’ve only been buying things I would wear again and again, and getting the best price-per-wear.”
Twenty-five-year-old fashion blogger Rebecca Hermitt goes by the name FashionTrain online.
Rebecca, from Newcastle-under-Lyme, started writing about fashion when glossy magazines just didn’t relate to her.
She said: “I love a sale bargain, and everything in Vogue or Elle was out of may age range and far too pricey.
“I wanted to create a space online which was relatable to people like me, as I didn’t feel there was anywhere for us to enjoy fashion.”
Rebecca is wearing two sale purchases, both £15 each. She said: “My dress was £15 from River Island and my boots were also in the sale from Dorothy Perkins.
“I get inspiration from people on the street and influencers on Instagram. I also really like Rochelle Humes style – I have bought a few things that I’ve seen her wearing!”
Alexandra Burke, 20, has embraced her 90s influenced style since losing weight in 2019.
Alexandra, from Kidsgrove, said: “Since losing weight last year, I have embraced my actual style. Before I was wearing plain t-shirts and skinny jeans and hoodies. Now I can wear what I want and embrace my body and style!
“I get my style inspiration from the 1990s. I love the baggy band t-shirt and mom jeans ‘my mad fat diary’ look, or even the film Spike Island.”
Alexandra’s outfit is a combination of high street, independent and second hand.
She said: “My denim jumpsuit was £10 from Primark, and my Stone Roses t-shirt was a gift from my dad, which he got from an independent shop in York.
“My Converse were £12.50 second hand from eBay and my bandana was £1.50 from Primark, too!”
Emma Hulme is sporting a Primark midi skirt she bagged on the reduced rail for £5.
The 23-year-old, from Brown Edge, said the skirts are versatile and can be worn in many ways.
She said: “My black basic top was from Zara for £4.00, and I managed to get the abstract green skirt for £5 on the reduced rail in Primark.
“My black boots were also from Primark for £13, but the skirt is definitely the best bargain.”
Emma doesn’t look to celebrities or magazines for style, but wears what she feels great in.
She added: “I just wear what I think looks good! I love midi dresses at the moment as they can be worn in so many different ways, but I also love patterned trousers with a plain top!”