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Fashion Prom Style Blog - TV chef Rachel Khoo: I’ve refined my style since working and living in Paris

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How would you describe your style?

Feminine and vintage, but with a bit of contemporary, too. I feel I’ve refined my style since I’ve been working and living in Paris.

Which colours and shapes suit you best?

I like wearing bright colours and patterned pieces. I always wear skirts and dresses – I hardly ever wear trousers. I like shapes that are nipped in at the waist and not too baggy.

What is your favourite fashion era?

I love the shapes of the 40s and 50s, but I think now is a great time because you can wear whatever you want without being stigmatised. It was more of a uniform back then and you had to conform, whereas nowadays you can wear anything. I like the fact there was a real sense of dressing up back then, though.

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Who is your style icon?

I love the glamour of old-school movie stars. They look feminine but still confident and assured.

Are you a big follower of fashion?

I went to Central St Martins College, London, so I try to make it to their graduate fashion show each season. I like reading fashion mags, but I wouldn’t buy something just because it’s on-trend. I need to feel comfortable in it and look good in it.

Do you buy high street or designer?

It’s an eclectic mix. I like basics from places like Petit Bateau but I’ve also bought a couple of dresses from Diane von Furstenburg. I think the British high street is great but it’s so throwaway. Nothing is made to last nowadays, unlike vintage pieces, which can be decades old and still in good shape.

How does French style differ from British?

The French are classic and have a finesse to dressing, but are less adventurous and a bit boring with colours. And you’ll never see a French girl wearing a miniskirt and a crop top. As a Brit living abroad, I got comments about that – apparently, not only can we not cook but we also don’t know how to dress.

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VINTAGE: Rachel found this pretty dress in an Anthrologir store in NY and the bracelet is Victorian

Is there a good high street in France?

There’s more of those mid-range labels like The Kooples, which I hate, and Agnès B.

Do you own anything vintage?

Loads. I’ve only recently been able to spend a bit more on clothes. To find unique things at a budget price, you have to look in second-hand and vintage shops.

What is your best beauty secret?

If you haven’t time for full make-up, stick on some lipstick and you look “done”. Also, when wearing lipstick, pull your finger out of your mouth to avoid it coming off on your teeth.

How much do you spend on clothes each month?

It depends if I have any filming or events coming up, or if there are any sales on. I’d say around £500 on clothes, shoes and accessories.

What is the most expensive item in your wardrobe?

Probably a Diane von Furstenburg dress I got in the sales for around £250. I love the colour.

Are you a hoarder or do you clear out your wardrobe?

I hoard, but I like a clear-out once or twice a year. I’ve kept one dress I wore in the clip of The Little Paris Kitchen we pitched to the BBC.

What item of clothing would you save from a burning building?

That dress from my first show, and maybe some of my vintage pieces as well.

How many shoes and handbags do you own?

About 10 handbags and 30 pairs of shoes. I’m trying to be good with buying handbags, but I find it harder to say no to shoes.

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