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Fashion spy: Taylor Swift has a nice style but Rihanna is bit in your face.

By Kerry McKittrick

Published 14/04/2015

Ciara McCready
Ciara McCready
Tanya English
Ashleigh Greeves
Ashley Dunne
Aislinn McGillian

Our reporter checks out the style at the Merchant Hotel Fashion Tea and finds plenty of trendy people in attendance.

Ciara McCready (21)

Accounts clerk, Ballymena

Wore what? Top, £15, trousers, £40, bag, £45, River Island; shoes, £60, Aldo.

Why? I like bright colours and I tend to dress with the seasons too, so now that it's spring I'm wearing lighter colours and white. I would never wear anything too blingy or with sequins.

Who I think Victoria Beckham has a simple but lovely style. I don't like Katie Price's outfits, as she can go over the top.

  • Monthly spend £500

Tanya English (40)

Civil servant, Holywood

Wore what? Jacket, £200, Karen Millen; dress, £30, House of Fraser; shoes, £60, Clarks; bag, £160, Radley.

Why? Normally my style is relaxed and casual with a slightly funky edge. I never wear super high fashion, as I prefer to wear things I'm comfortable in.

Who? I like Kate Middleton's classic style but Jodie Marsh goes too far and looks horrendous.

  • Monthly spend £50

Ashleigh Greeves(29)

Laboratory manager, Belfast

Wore what? Jacket, £75, Topshop; top, £30, New Look; leggings, £15, River Island; shoes, £20, H&M; bag, £69, Dune.

Why? I normally wear skinny jeans with fitted blazers. I never wear peplum or A-line clothes, as I'm too tall for them.

Who? Cheryl Fernandez-Versini dresses nicely with lots of colour. I'm not keen on grungy styles like Jessie J.

  • Monthly spend £100-200

Ashley Dunne (30)

Teacher, Belfast

Wore what?: Jacket, £45, Rich Rags; T-shirt, £3, Dorothy Perkins; jeans, £30, Pepe; shoes, £95, Carl Sagan; bag, £20, Amazon.

Why? I prefer a style that's more individual and slightly quirky. I never wear anything I can't sit down in.

Whyo? I'm all about vintage, so I love Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. I don't like styles like the girls from TOWIE because it's all trend for trend's sake.

  • Monthly spend £100

Aislinn McGillian (30)

Development manager, Belfast

Wore what? Dress, £59, Joules; bag, £60, Seven, (Limavady); shoes, £30, Monsoon.

Why? I try to be casual but feminine at the same time and I don't mind being a little quirky. I don't like open-toed shoes because I don't have very nice feet. I'm not keen on anything too revealing anyway.

Who? Olivia Palermo and Taylor Swift both have a nice style. I find Rihanna a bit too bold and in your face.

  • Monthly spend £250

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