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Style File: Sarah Curran of Very Exclusive

Sarah-Curren-vogue-11sep14-pr_bOne of the things I love most about Style File is discovering what women who work in fashion actually wear themselves. As MD of new e-commerce platform Very Exclusive (where you can buy a designer item and spread the cost over 3 months), Sarah Curran has to walk that tricky tightrope of looking on-trend and as ready for meetings with investors and business people as she is with designers and fashion bods. Her style is chic, accessible and very covetable. If you’re after a gorgeous new look, then this busy working mother’s wardrobe is definitely one to covet…

I definitely have my defined working wardrobe.  I veer towards trousers or jeans, teamed with a blouse or tank with a blazer or jacket over the top. My accessories are where I make the statement. I give my look an edge with statement jewellery, killer heels and an oversized bag.  Favourite brands include J Brand or Paige for denim, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin and Lucy Choi for shoes, Elizabeth and James, Joseph, By Malene Birger and McQ Alexander McQueen for the perfect separates to make up my work wardrobe.

It’s quite a classic look, which works for my working week, which tends to be different every day. It’s smart enough for meetings, but doesn’t feel overdressed when i’m running between the studio and internal departments.

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Jamie ruched blazer, £365, Elizabeth and James; silk blouse, £255, Joseph; Margot skinny jeans, £190, Paige Denim

I have never been one for dresses. I feel much more comfortable in trousers or a jumpsuit for evening. I just bought a pair of cropped wide leg culottes, which looks chic with a blouse or breton top and of course heels. I can’t count the number of pairs of jeans I have. They are such a staple and denim trends tend to go around again. In fact this season, I have dug out my J Brand Love Story jeans, which are a key style again.

I tend to wear long sleeve tops or blouses.  If I wear vest tops or tank tops i will throw a jacket or blazer over the top. For blouses, I look to Red Valentino, Joseph and Equipment and for tees and tank tops, American Vintage, Vince and Pam & Gela are great.  My favourite jackets and blazers come from IRO, Elizabeth and James and McQ Alexander McQueen.

Tie-dye tank, £xx, Pam & Gela

Tie-dye tank, £125, Pam & Gela

A coat is the ultimate seasonal update purchase. You will wear it every day and it will set off any look regardless of occasion.  I will always invest in a new coat. This season I bought a light weight trench coat, which I often even keep on in meetings.

I’m a heels girl through and through and the higher the better. I have always felt like a little girl unless I’m wearing my heels, so i save my flats for the weekend or on holiday. My favourite pairs are by Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Lucy Choi, but I recently picked up a great pair of colourful strappy sandals in Kurt Geiger.

Cupid polka dot and check heels, £xx, Lucy Choi

Cupid polka dot and check heels, £225, Lucy Choi

I have always loved jewellery. I remember watching my grandmother sitting on the beach in the South of France, perfectly in the shade still laden with her jewellery. I often call my jewellery my armour. I stack my cocktail or armour rings and layer my friendship bracelets and they have become an ice breaker in meetings.

I have picked up interesting pieces along the way, but favourites include my bracelets from Carolina Bucci, my cocktail rings from Roberto Cavalli and this unusual ring that I bought in Dubai.  I went off to the local shop and walked past the hotel jewellery shop and ended up coming back with the most beautiful ring. Each piece has a memory and often a story attached to it.

I tend to change my bag each season and this season I have a black suede Saint Laurent bag, which is big enough to fit everything for the day inside it.

From day to night…

I tend to race from the office to a dinner, so I will switch out my top, run out for a blow dry and swap my day bag for a clutch bag. I always tend to veer to a jumpsuit for evening. They are a great alternative to a dress for evening events and can look just as chic.  I have recently bought two jumpsuits – one by Elizabeth and James and one by By Malene Birger. Manolo Blahnik has some incredible killer heels for evening.  I bought a pair of metallic silver BB pumps and they give a glam edge to any outfit.

Every girl loves bags and you can’t have too many clutch bags.  My favourite evening bags are from Anya Hindmarch, By Malene Birger, Saint Laurent and Chloe.

Isina jumpsuit, £xx, By Malene Birger

Isina jumpsuit, £185, By Malene Birger

BEAUTY

I have always loved Sisley products as they just work for my skin.  My favourite products are the Ecologique Compound moisturiser and Black Rose face oil for night. I also really like By Terry Cellularose Hydradiance Eye Contour, Carmex lip balm and the new Ren Keep Young & Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot. I also can’t live without my This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. It really does work.

I don’t wear a lot of make-up unless I have a shoot or event. I wear Bobbi Brown tinted moisturiser, Carmex lip balm or By Terry Baume de Rose lip balm, Eyeko black eye liner or Bobbi Brown black hop pencil and Lord & Berry black mascara.

Deep Sleep pillow spray, £16, This Works

Deep Sleep pillow spray, £16, This Works

Shopping for my son…

I’m getting to the stage where Jake is starting to fight the preppy style he’s grown up with. I was an avid Jacadi and Catamini shopper when he was a baby/toddler, then he evolved to Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. Now it’s a mix of RL, Diesel Jeans and Zara for boys. I still recall the winter where he was dressed in Acne. That was a fabulous time, very grey and lots of skulls but super cool.

And the home…

I am passionate about homeware. Having just moved it’s given me an excuse to shop with vigour. We have a fabulous interior design store in my local town, Oakham, called Elizabeth Stanhope. I keep telling her she needs a transactional e-store.  I’ve also been shopping at a Kings Road store called Con-Sept. They have a great Instagram account so I get my inspirations and then call them to order. Also I love Flamant for interior decorations. Plus who doesn’t love a bit of John Lewis. I’ve got the app and so can shop in the store, zapping the barcodes as I go, and then shop when I get home. Perfect.

I’ve recently bought some large vintage gold mirrors for the drawing room and master bedroom and several traditional ancestral style paintings but with the faces as dogs. It adds a touch of humour to the otherwise traditional hunting style room.

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