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Belfast Fashion Spy: 'I love Sienna Miller’s quirky style'


Sienna Miller (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
Sienna Miller (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)
Allie Birch
Victoria Gordon
Kirsten McIlhone
Emma Hannah
Ashleigh Mills
Shana Grant
Sarahanne Thompson
Louise Tierney
Rachel Dean

By Rachel Dean

Rachel Dean checks out the style in Victoria Square, Belfast.

Allie Birch (31), dietician, Hillsborough

Allie Birch

Wore what? Dress, £20, Zara; jacket, £250, All Saints; scarf, £15, Next; shoes, £110, Veja; bag, £850, Mulberry.

Why? I have a dressy casual look. I’m usually in a dress or skirt, so I’d say my style is feminine, too.

Who? I love how Belfast-based blogger Marianne Smyth puts outfits together.

Monthly spend: £100-200

Victoria Gordon (41), skincare brand owner, Newtownabbey

Victoria Gordon

Wore what? Sweater, £14.99, New Look; trousers, £39.99, TK Maxx; coat, £30, Primark; shoes, £45, Marco Tozzi; bag, gift, Michael Kors.

Why? I keep my look smart for work, but any other time I’m quite casual. I like to have a pop of colour through my accessories.

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Who? I love Sienna Miller’s quirky style.

Monthly spend: £100

Sienna Miller (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Kirsten McIlhone (22), administrator, Belfast

Kirsten McIlhone

Wore what? Top, £16, trousers, £20, both ASOS; jacket, £50, All Saints; shoes, £40, Nike.

Why? I would describe my look as alternative. I’m a big fan of animal prints and bold patterns.

Who? I love how funky and ‘out there’ Cara Delevingne’s style is. She wears what she wants and doesn’t care what anyone thinks.

Monthly spend: £200

Cara Delevingne (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images,)

Emma Hannah (24), student, Belfast

Emma Hannah

Wore what? Jumper, £15, jeans, £25, shoes, £25, bag, £15, all New Look; coat, £50, DV8; scarf, gift.

Why? My style is smart casual. I wear a lot of dark colours and brighten it up with a coat or accessories.

Who? Kate Middleton always looks smart and polished.

Monthly spend: £50-100

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Ashleigh Mills (30), dietician, Belfast

Ashleigh Mills

Wore what? Top, £12, Primark; skirt, £79, M&S; jacket, £60, Topshop; shoes, £80, Kurt Geiger; bag, £800, Mulberry.

Why? I’m very casual. I like pairing trainers with skirts, it still looks smart and it’s much more comfortable.

Who? I like how Holly Willoughby shops the high street and makes it look high-end.

Monthly spend: £100

Shana Grant (21), nurse, Tandragee

Shana Grant

Wore what? Top, £6, Primark; jeans, £18, Matalan; coat, £30, Zara; boots, £25, Costco; bag, £100, Fossil.

Why? My style is very simple, consisting of mostly neutral tones.

Who? I think Emma Watson’s style is smart and elegant.

Monthly spend: £50-60

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Sarahanne Thompson (38), counsellor, Newtownabbey

Sarahanne Thompson

Wore what? Jumper, £25, Topshop; coat, £50, trainers, £40, both TK Maxx; jeans, £40, Gap; bag, £40, Accessorize.

Why? My style has to be practical because I’m a mum, but I still like it to be a little bit funky.

Who? Alexa Chung’s style is unique and fun.

Monthly spend: £50-100

Alexa Chung (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Barbour)

Louise Tierney (40), business owner, Belfast

Louise Tierney

Wore what? Top, £6, trousers, £12, both Primark; coat, £65, Next; shoes, £35, Puma; bag, £12.99, H&M.

Why? I would describe my style as dressy casual. I mostly wear neutral colours with a pop of colour, but it all depends on the season really.

Who? I’ve always thought that Sarah Jessica Parker’s style was versatile. She looks great in everything.

Monthly spend: £100

Sarah Jessica Parker (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Ketel One Family-Made Vodka)

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