Elaine / by Cathy Carey

Elaine first image

1. Name/Age/Occupation?
Elaine/21/Health and Performance Science student.

2. Tell me about one thing you're wearing.
I got this coat in Urban Outfitters last summer when they put all the coats from winter on sale. When I saw it I knew I had to have it, I love the length and the sheepskin collar! It's probably the best coat I've ever had. It's so comfortable and I can wear pretty much anything on my bottom half with it (except tracksuit bottoms, then I just look like I can't dress myself, but I actually have done that).

Elaine full

3. What influences the way you dress?
I would say my three older sisters have always been the strongest influence on the way I dress. Probably because of all the hand-me-downs I would get from them growing up, which inevitably made me dress like them. Now when I see one of them wearing something a bit edgy it gives me confidence to think maybe I could get away with wearing that too? I would say between the three of them they all have different styles and my wardrobe choices normally consist of something one of them would wear.

Elaine close up combined

4. Tell me about the most useful item of clothing you own.
Probably a pair of mid-rise, wine coloured skinny jeans I bought in River Island. The jeans from there are great because they have some that cater for people as short as me! I wear these ones casually to college at least once if not twice a week, I have dressed them up for presentations by wearing them with a shirt and I've also worn them on nights out. They're extremely comfortable as well, something not all skinny jeans manage to achieve.

Elaine shoes

5. Last question... buy or borrow?
My head says borrow and my heart says buy. The sisters I mentioned would probably be screaming "borrow" on my behalf, since I'm the most notorious clothes stealer in the house. But I do love buying clothes, I think there's something special about having ownership over an item of clothing that you love, especially if you've worked for the pay cheque that allowed you to buy it!

Thanks to Elaine for this week's interview on The Well-Loved Wardrobe! And to you for reading. See you again next week!

Photographs by Gavin Hartigan