In the closet with West End star Millie Mackintosh

Millie, 27, found fame on the reality show Made In Chelsea and has since become an established name and brand ambassador in the worlds of fashion, beauty, health and fitness. She published her book, Made, last year and also has her own self-titled clothing label. She lives in London.

How would you describe your style?

Ever-changing and always evolving. I’ll look back to a year ago and think how differently I dress now, which is part of the fun of being in your twenties and discovering what you like. Generally, I like soft, feminine and vintage-inspired pieces, and mixing and matching fabrics and textures.

What colours and shapes suit you best?

I love neutrals and I’m into one-colour dressing at the moment – I think it looks really chic. In winter, I wear more black, and in summer,

I wear more white. Orangey-red is another of my favourite colours to wear. I like something with a high waist and maybe a bit of drama from volume in the sleeves or the skirt.

What is your favourite fashion era?

The 60s or the 70s. If I had to choose one, probably the 70s.

Who is your style icon?

So many. I’m always on Pinterest getting inspiration from other people – creating mood boards is one of my favourite things to do. I think Jane Birkin’s style is really classic.

What was the inspiration behind your own fashion label?

I create clothes that I want to wear for different occasions, which is the dream, and things my friends would like. For the new autumn collection, I’ve introduced a slightly longer hemline, which is a style I love, and there’s a lot of velvet and embroidery, which are big trends this season.

Do you own more high street or high end?

A mix. You can get great pieces on the high street, especially basics, which you can add investment pieces to. I like designer jeans because they last longer, and having high-end shoes and handbags can make a high-street outfit look more expensive.

What are your favourite high-street stores?

Zara always has loads of amazing pieces. The problem, though, is that you always see lots of people wearing things from there, so the trick is to buy something, stash it away without wearing it, then bring it out a year later. Mango, Hobbs, Topshop and River Island also do really good stuff.

And any favourite designers?

I love Chloé, Isabel Marant and Joseph. I wouldn’t buy a whole Chanel outfit but I like having one special thing of theirs like a handbag.

Do you own anything vintage?

Yes, I collect one-off vintage pieces here and there, like the dress I wore for my birthday recently from One Vintage – the designer collects old pieces and sews them together to create something unique. It’s always fun to look in the vintage shops when you’re in other cities, too – you’d be amazed what you can find, and it doesn’t have to be expensive.

What is your best beauty secret?

I’m really into facial spritzes – my favourite is by Dr Frances Prenna Jones, who does my facials. It’s a hydrating mist with a calming scent, and it’s great for travelling. It keeps your skin glowy and refreshes your make-up.

How do you look after your hair?

I like to have a blow-dry once or twice a week, which sounds quite high-maintenance but it makes me feel good. Then I try to keep my style going in between with dry shampoo. I’m so excited to be collaborating with John Frieda for the Sheer Blonde Honey Blonde collection, which really brings out the sun-kissed colour of my hair – it’s a brand I’ve used my whole life so this is a real “pinch me” moment.

What is the most expensive item in your wardrobe?

A Chanel handbag from the Paris Dallas collection. It was expensive but I use it a lot.

How much do you spend on clothes each month?

I’m not a big shopper. I might get a few things for my birthday or buy the occasional pair of designer shoes if my last pair has broken, and I do a little wardrobe update a couple of times a year.

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

I moved house recently and so I did a big clear-out then.

How many shoes and handbags do you own?

At least a hundred pairs of shoes. Bags take up more room so I’ve got fewer of those – maybe about 30. I’m using a big Liberty tote bag at the moment, which fits my life in: laptop, gym kit, snack pots, two diaries…

What is the best piece of fashion advice you have ever been given? Coco Chanel had some good ones, like once you’ve dressed, looking in a mirror and taking off at least one thing before leaving the house.Read more at:vintage formal dresses | one shoulder formal dresses

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