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11 May 2013 Written by 

Fashion tips, advice and summer trends by stylist Victoria Martin

In this very special Q&A, fantastic stylist Victoria Martin lets us into her wardrobe, provides great style advice and gives us the lowdown on summer 2013 trends.

Victoria styles shoots for magazines, ad campaigns and fashion shows. She is also the girl you must go to if you are stuck in a rut fashion-wise and your wardrobe is in need of a detox. From personal shopping, to style blogging to sourcing out hidden fashion gems, we are so pleased to be able to feature Victoria Martin Style on CC Says.

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What sort of people come to you for styling advice? 

I offer different services such as Wardrobe Detox’s and Personal Shopping. Often, my Wardrobe Detox clients are women who have wardrobes and cupboards crammed full with thousands of pounds worth of clothes and accessories but still find themselves on a regular basis saying, “I have NOTHING to wear!”. Sometimes they just need help with organising their wardrobes in a logical manner so that they can see what they have and I can help them identify what essential items they are missing in their wardrobe. Personal Shopping clients are usually women who are looking for a change of style or feel as if they are stuck in a bit of style rut. We are all (myself included) guilty of sticking to the things that we know we feel comfortable in and that suit us… even if we’ve been wearing that style for years. Sometimes it’s easier taking advice from someone who doesn’t know what you would normally wear. It’s really not about what you wear but how you wear it. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to look ‘expensive’. I also help clients if they are looking for an outfit for an occasion such a wedding or black tie event or for work clothes if they have recently been promoted, moved job or are returning to work after maternity leave.

Who is your style queen?

I absolutely adore Olivia Palermo’s style, she is always so chic and you can tell that she puts all of her outfits together herself rather than relying on a stylist. I also love how you see her with an Hermes clutch one day and a Zara tote the next. She loves Zara, Reiss and Topshop and is happy to mix high street with designer which shows how comfortable she is with her own style. I also follow the fashion blog Atlantic-Pacific ( religiously! Blair Eadie has amazing style and I love how she thinks nothing of wearing a huge prom skirt to work on a rainy Tuesday. I definitely think life is too short to save so much of your wardrobe for a ‘special occasion’. I wear my favourite heels to go to the supermarket or meet a friend for a quick coffee. The better you dress, the better you feel about yourself and that is never a bad thing… no matter what day of the week or time of the day it is!

You help people clear out their wardrobes and search for hidden gems - is this quite a cathartic experience for your clients? 

Definitely! So many clients contact me when they are at their wits’ end and feel totally burdened by their wardrobes. Instead of actually uncovering hidden gems themselves, they ignore what they have and just keep buying new things because it seems easier than to face the mountain of clothes they already have. They don’t know where to start when it comes to sorting through everything and hang on to clothing that no longer fits them or is really dated because they have good memories attached to a certain item of clothing. I had a client a few weeks ago who told me that clearing out all her clutter was really good for her Feng Shui which she is a big believer in it. It’s often a weight off my clients’ shoulders once they have everything organised and de-cluttered… It’s almost like a fresh start and a new wardrobe!

Can you give us a rundown of your fave items for summer 2013? 

I am obsessed with everything neon at the moment. I have quite a few really bright tops but also loads of accessories such as bright belts from H&M and neon cuffs from MyMillyMoo which are great if you’re not 100% confident to wear a block of such an eye catching colour

I’m very rarely not in heels so some summer sandals were at the top of my summer wishlist. I found some wooden block heel, t-bar sandals in Zara a few weeks ago which go with just about everything and I have already worn them so much already!

My summer ‘go with everything’ heels from Zara!

I’m going through a bit of a printed trouser phase at the moment too! They are definitely not for the faint hearted but with a really simple neutral top (probably NOT neon) they are really not that scary and definitely put you in a summery mood!

My favourite printed trousers from (L-R) Topshop, ASOS, Topshop and Forever 21

What are your five wardrobe staples that every girl should have? 

1.I’m very guilty of wearing jeans ALL the time so they are definitely a must-have item for everyone! Skinny jeans are great because they stop at the ankle so you can wear them with flats for daytime and heels for the evening without worrying about them being too short or too long!

2.A black biker jacket is another must-have item! You can get really great quality leather jackets for a really reasonable price on the high street and it will last for years! I actually think leather looks better when it’s not brand you and has more of a vintage feel to it. Perfect for daytime looks and also makes quite dressy dresses a bit more casual and edgy. A lot of my older clients think that they’re just for young people but they can also look really classy and timeless and actually make them look younger which is NEVER a bad thing! It’s all about having the confidence to pull it off…

 3.A neutral blazer is another essential for your capsule wardrobe! Mango have absolutely nailed the neutral blazer this summer – don’t go anywhere else for yours! They are relatively cheap and you’ll be amazed at how much wear you get from it. It goes with jeans and a t-shirt as well as over bright dresses and perfect if you have a few weddings or events to attend in the summer – it will go with everything!

 4.Every woman should have a really amazing Little Black Dress (LBD). Well actually, it doesn’t always have to be black, in fact, when you get older – black can be a slightly draining colour to wear so a colour with a bit more depth to it such as a rich navy or forest green. It also doesn’t have to be that little, so don’t be put off! A really great fitted dress looks great on all shapes and sizes – especially if you have curves and should come slightly below the knee so that you have no option but to wiggle when you walk… ;) I love this ASOS black dress – such great value at just £45 and will never go out of style.;cid=8799&Rf981=3679&Rf-200=4&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=200&sort=-1&clr=Black

5.Heels! I don’t care if you’re more of a flat shoes kinda gal – heels, even if it is just a couple of inches high, will make you look taller and slimmer, make your legs look longer and force you to carry yourself more upright with your back straight. If you can’t walk in them – practice, practice, practice!











Carla is a full time journalist and loves to spend her free time indulging in her passion, which is all things beauty, lifestyle and music.

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