Interview: Louise Walker

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Louise Walker is a barista and waitress, with a love for fashion. I was lucky enough to interview Louise about her career plans and fashion.

Hello! Thank you so much for letting me interview you! How are you?

I’m great thank you.

Tell us a little bit about your background.

My name is Louise Walker and I’m a 20-year-old living in one of the most historic cities called Edinburgh. I currently work in a cafe as a barista & waitress - not my ideal job but I can’t complain when I get free sugary treats to take home! 

Describe your style.

I’d say my style jumps from the 50’s to the 60’s - each day is always different. Mixing and matching is what I love to do best. 

When did you start getting into fashion? 

Honestly, it was round about this time last year. Before I had no clue what pieces went well together. I wore all kinds of patterns and colours - stripes with dots and greens with yellows. Looking back, it was like I’d rolled in a paint box… But now I’ve found what I love to wear/what styles suit my shape and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve got this!

Where are your favourite places to shop? 

I love to shop in Zara, H&M, New Look and Topshop - I’m definitely a high street kinda gal. I also shop online, my go to brands are Joanie Clothing and Nobody’s Child.

What inspired you to get into vintage fashion? 

I’d say my sister inspired me. When I was about 13 or so, I was that sister who tagged along with their older sister and stuck their nose up at all things vintage. I honestly thought it was only clothes from people who had passed away… Crazy! I know! As I grew older, I began to compliment my sister on her outfits and she told me they were bought in charity shops - which totally amazed me. One day, I awkwardly walked into my nearest one and I didn’t look back! I found so many amazing patterns on jumpers and florals on skirts that I would never be able to find in high street shops. So for people who think like my younger self, think the opposite. Vintage fashion is great!

Do you think it is an important aspect to make your own clothing?

Yes! Anybody who has the talent to create fabulous pieces are magic. I’d love to be skilled in that area.

Do you have any tips for anyone shopping in vintage and charity shops? 

Browse, browse, BROWSE baby! That’s all anybody can do. You also need to patient and be prepared to have a good old rummage to find hidden gems. 

Why do you think charity shops are an important place to shop for clothes? 

You can find a whole lot of interesting and exciting pieces in charity shops ALL the time and this is why I love having a browse now and again. If you’re on the hunt for a classic item e.g. a denim jacket then there is a 100% chance you’ll walk out wearing one! Also, not only are they great for clothes but accessories too. Earrings, necklaces, rings - they’ve got it. 

Your style is very unique and wonderful; how do you go about styling different clothes? 

Thank you! I just wear whatever I fancy really, depending on the weather of course. I’m really inspired by the 60’s so I’ll always add an element of it in all my outfits - whether that is accessories, clothes or shoes.

How did you go about finding your own style? 

I’ve never been one to follow the trends so I guess I just began wearing what I enjoyed/felt most comfortable in and realised that there is no real definition of Fashion. 

Have you always been into fashion? 

As I mentioned before, last year was when I properly started to take fashion more seriously. So no, I’ve not always been into fashion. Since being on Instagram, there has been many bloggers who have inspired me so I guess that was where it all began.

What new pieces have you picked up for this summer and autumn that we haven't seen on your Instagram yet? 

This time of the year is my favourite. Autumn and Winter rule! Maybe that’s just because I’m a Winter baby, being born in the month November? I’ve recently picked up a baby pink (not the warmest of colours but let’s just go with it) knitted jumper from New Look which is the cosiest thing ever, everyone needs one! Another piece is a long sleeved spotted black and white dress which I fell in love with in H&M. I’m already picturing this with patent, heeled boots and a baby blue leather jacket - oh so pretty! 

What are some of your current fashion obsessions? 

Where do I start…embroidery, slogan tee’s, gingham, shiny/metallic boots and all things denim!

What are your favourite pieces of clothing?

Oh that’s a difficult one! I have far too many beloved pieces in my wardrobe but I’d firstly have to say my black & white checkered trousers from Topshop because when I’m feeling a tad bit lazy I’ll opt for these as they simply jazz up your look in a heartbeat - they’re cheffin’ beautiful! I can’t not mention my babein’ hot pink midi skirt from New Look - that has a special place in my heart (seriously…). I adore this piece because the skirt itself is a statement so I don’t need to go all out on the top half - a slogan tee is what I’d normally team it with. Also, I find the bow detailing around the waist pulls me in and therefore creates a flattering silhouette. Finally, all of my Joanie Clothing jumpers are winners but my ‘Stupid Cupid’ jumper makes me squeal! Again, it’s another piece that does all the talking and gives me that oh so very sixties look which I love. 

What could you not live without?

Red lipstick, vanilla chai tea and hair curlers.

Do you have any career plans? 

I’m still at the point in my life where I’ve literally no clue what I want to do and I stupidly see this as a negative but it’s okay, one day I’ll know.

Do you have a favourite fashion magazine? 

I’ll be frankly honest, for a girl who loves fashion, I hardly ever pick up magazines. I find all my inspiration online and that’s just what I prefer really. 

Who was your first style icon? 

This lady is a character and she goes by the name Jess Day, who Zooey Deschanel plays in the t.v show New Girl. I fell in love with each and every one of her outfits since the start of the first episode. She is literally the queen of quirky cuteness. Jess rocks the dots, frills and bows to create a fresh feminine look that I love. 

Why has social media been an important platform for you to use?

Social media is great overall. There are plenty of ladies around the world who have the same passions as you or even who inspire you to try different things in life. I find my place to be is on Instagram because this is where I share my outfits to the people who follow me. Feedback and compliments on my outfits is what puts me in such a positive mood - knowing that me, myself could be an inspiration to others is just fab. 

What do we hope to see in this up and coming year for your Instagram?

I’d like to plan more outfit shoots in unique places, instead of at my front door or mirror selfies. Also, I’m working on creating my very own blog so hopefully you’ll see something very soon. 

Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to set up their own Instagram?

I’d say go for it! If you love taking photographs or want to document your day then Instagram is the place for you. Never stress over it. Just have fun with it and post whatever you want, whenever you want! 

What's the best piece of creative advice you've ever been given?

Go for it! You never know unless you try. It could lead you onto something amazing later on in life. 

You can follow this lovely lady on her Instagram ‘http://www.instagram.com/xlouisewalkerx’. She is always posting wonderful fashion posts. 

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