Joanne Hegarty is my new Instagram crush. A personal stylist and the blogger behind The Stylist and the Wardrobe, she specialises in the kind of relaxed, pared-down chic which is all the more inspiring for being (or I like to think it is) accessible. I love her blog and her Instagram feed (check it out @thestylistandthewardrobe. FYI: the glimpses of her house are gorgeous, too.)
What inspired you to start The Stylist and The Wardrobe? And what’s does a stylist’s personal uniform look like?!
I try not to have a daily uniform because I’m always very afraid of falling into a rut. I try to wear something different every day: culottes one day, a leather skirt the next, and skinny jeans the following one…
The building blocks of my wardrobe are my investment pieces; I spend the most on bags and shoes. Recently, I splurged on a Chloe Faye Satchel [as worn, below, with Topshop denim flares and Club Monaco blouse] and I’m practically glued to it now.
Where do you shop?
High Street: Zara, Cos, Maje, All Saints, and I love Club Monaco. Designer: Chloe, Isabel Marant, Tibi, and Acne Studios.
Do you have default mama/working looks?
My default look for hanging out with my son is pointed ankle boots (I love my Esther Light tan boots), flats or sneakers (especially when pushing a buggy up a hill!) teamed with black faded skinny jeans with side zips, and a chunky jumper or a favourite shirt. I tend to buy my jeans on the high street from Zara, these boyfriend ones are a favourite. I also love my skinny black ones from Mother denim.
Boyfriend jeans, £29.99, Zara; Esther boots, £165, Seven Boot Lane; Keswick chunky knit jumper, £175, Topshop Unique
For work: flared trousers, leather trousers, or suede skirt. I like a blazer look too. I tend to be more adventurous when getting dressed for work and try and leave the off-duty uniform at home.
What about bags?
Currently I have three that I love and rotate. If I spend money on a designer bag it has to earn its keep even on Mama days too. No slacking! My current line-up: Chloe Faye Satchel, Tallulah bag from Meli Melo and Alfie douglas backpack
The last three things you bought?
A pair of denim faded black jeans by Mother Denim from Club Monaco. A Chloe Faye Satchel and a pair of pointed ankle boots from Zara for £30
Mother Looker Zip Fray, £225.37, Club Monaco; Chloe Faye bag, £1100, Selfridges; Sparkle ankle boot, £29.99, Zara
And what will you be buying for AW?
Some wide legged caramel trousers with silver buttons – like the ones from Gucci and Chloe but without the price tag; I do like the 70’s trend at the moment – and I’m a sucker for earthy tones like camel, terracotta, and biscuit hues. And I’m hoping to find something from the heritage look this season, – the perfect coat is out there for me: I know it! I’m also hoping to invest in a pair of over the knee Stuart Weitzman suede boots.
Trousers, £42, Asos; Herringbone coat, £79.99, Zara
What are your beauty must-haves?
A good serum and a moisturiser goes a long way ! I’m currently loving Aurelia skincare products. Body lotion at this time of year is essential: I love body cream from Aesop and it looks great sitting in the bathroom! I also always invest in a good nourishing shampoo to keep my highlighted hair from going dry.
How do you dress your little boy?
I find Zara Kids the best on the high-street for little guys. It has a great selection of trendy pieces that last wash after wash and look really cute. I love him in a check shirt and some grey cords, that sort of thing. H&M have some goodies too. I don’t really do labels for Archie because he is a little boy who likes to get stuck in and always get his clothes grubby after an hour of putting them on! Occasionally, I have a look in Petit Bateau and often find gems in their sale.
Check shirt, £8.99, Zara Kids; T-shirt, £29.50, Petit Bateau
And what about your home: how would you describe your interiors style?
When I moved to London, my husband and I bought an old Edwardian house and it has lots of its original features. We love mixing old and new. I love greys and neutral shades like creams and whites; I tend to mix these with different textures such as wood and leather. Scandi furniture also really appeals to me.I generally shop in independent little stores around London. I love Two Sisters in Wimbledon Village and Holly’s House on the New King’s Road. French Connection Home is excellent for stylish affordable bits of furniture.
Photographs by Victoria Metaxas