Style Insider with Angie Smith

Leather Love

I love these leather skinnies, they really do go with nearly everything, I’ve smartened them up with strappy sandals and a chic white jacket but they would work great with a battered old tee or a denim shirt and pointed pumps.  The trick with them is to always wear a slightly longer top that covers most of your bum, as a leather clad behind can end up cheapening your look.

Angie wears True Religion Casey Leather Skinnies.

Olympic Legs

These neon striped jeans are a perfect way of tapping into the Sportswear trend without full commitment, you are practically adding a neon accessory, the stripe is also great at making your legs look extra long and lean. I’ve teamed it with a navy military jacket by one of my favourite designers Isabel Marant.  I’ve added some patent silver heels to compliment the orange and keep the bottom half of the outfit looking light.

Angie wears the Hudson LouLou Skinny.

Neon Niche

I love classic pieces like a great fitting blazer or a perfect white tee. I always tell my clients to make sure they have staples like these in their wardrobe so that they can tap into trends with only one piece – a very economic way of dressing. You could also style these classic separates with pyjama pants or cigarette trousers.  I’ve teamed them with neon pink jeans, which are perfect for rushing about at work in, but would look equally great with a faded grey vest and thong sandals on holiday.

Angie Wears the Current/Elliott Stiletto Jeans in Day Glow Pink.

Bright White

I love how simple, casual pieces can be transformed with a pair of pointed black pumps. I have styled these white James Jeans with one of my favourite sweaters; it has a lovely washed out vintage feel to it, which is a nice contrast to the stark white denim.  

Where are you from?

I was born in Chester but grew up in Cyprus and Belgium. My Dad was in the RAF so we travelled around quite a bit.

Tell us about Angie Smith Style - how did you get started?

I've been a stylist for five years. I was styling celebrities and models in the most amazing designer clothes and I'd turn up at the shoot wearing Zara or Topshop and they'd be like “oh my God where is your jacket from, can you get me one?". So I wanted to create a blog about clothes that I love but that the real world can afford to buy. It's been going for two years now and I update it as much as I can. I only wish I could spend more time on it but my styling work takes priority.

Where in the world are the people best dressed?

I love how French women dress, effortless and so chic!

How would you describe your personal style?

I like to keep it simple and being comfortable is key as I'm always rushing around prepping for shoots and in and out of meetings. Jeans, jackets and T-shirts make up the majority of my wardrobe but I still love wearing vintage dresses and heels if I'm going to an event. My favourite designers for easy casual pieces are Isabel Marant, Theyskens Theory, J.Crew, J Brand, James Perse and of course Zara!  For vintage dresses I am a big fan of William Vintage and Atelier Mayer. I am also slightly obsessed with Alessandra Rich, Mary Katrantzou, Emilia Wickstead and Roksanda Ilincic.

Who are your style icons (past and present)?

I think Erin Wasson, Miranda Kerr, Emmanuelle Alt and Carine Roitfeld all have amazing style.

What are you listening to on your iPod or reading at the moment?

For chilling out I love listening to the soundtrack to Drive and for energy or when I have managed to drag myself to the gym you can't beat a bit of Gloria Estefan, Elvis, Rihanna, even the Pet Shop Boys!

What is your best industry advice?

Work hard and be nice to people.

Follow Angie Smith www.twitter.com/angiesmithstyle and visit her website www.angiesmith.co.uk