We often think of our clothes as things, as possessions separate from ourselves when in reality, they act as a second skin. Your personal style can help you befriend your body and manage your moods, meaning that your choice of outfit can have a profound effect on how you feel. So, to celebrate the power of clothing to help you lean into who you truly are the FiP team have started a new series called #mysecondskin where we’ll be speaking to people from all walks of life about the role that their wardrobe plays in their everyday life. For our seventh instalment, we’re speaking to product Designer and podcaster Stephanie Irwin.
Stephie (@Stephieirwin) is the host of the Fashion Originators Podcast (@fashionoriginatorspodcast) where she interviews game-changing fashion entrepreneurs. She distil’s fashion content down to what’s important, creating solutions that are fun, inclusive and data-driven. Alongside podcasting, she is a product designer and associate lecturer at London College of Fashion.
Here’s what Stephie had to say when we asked her about her relationship with her own clothing:
1. How do your clothes make you feel?
My clothes make me feel whatever I want to channel in that given moment – whether its a luxurious black roll neck for coziness, or a loose fit blazer over jeans so I feel casual yet put together. With time, I’ve learned that great fabric is the most important thing in a piece helping you feel a certain way.
2. What is your most treasured item, that brings you joy?
100% my Acne Studios camel coat. Not only is it a classic that elevates even the most lazy outfits, but it was the first purchase I ever made with my staff discount when I worked at Yoox net a porter!
3. Do you believe your clothes are political/ define you in any way?
I think the most political thing one can do with shopping is to avoid fast fashion, take good care of your clothes, and REALLY think before making a purchase. Resell or rent out pieces you don’t wear much.
4. Has Covid-19 changed your relationship with your clothes?
100% – I’m far less judgmental of sweatpants!
5. What are you planning on buying next?
I’m in a phase of life where I’m trying to be super sensible with my cash, and only buy things that I could either sell later or keep forever. I’m eyeing up some Mejuri diamond hoops, but think it will take a few more months of saving before those can happen!