Natasha Poliszczuk: Notes on Style
Tabitha Webb Interviews Natasha Poliszczuk
We managed to pin her down to give us her views on statement dresses, being a cool mum, and upcoming trends she is particularly excited about.
TW: How would you describe your style?
NP: Classic, pretty, simple and a little bit French (I hope!). I might be influenced by the trends, but I am not a slavish adopter unless it suits me – in my thirties I have, thank heavens, figured out what works. I’m petite so I’m wary of clothes swamping me.
My summer uniform is a dress. Every. Single. Day. (When I went back to work after maternity leave this summer, my husband asked if it was the official ‘Summer of the White Dress’.)
Come autumn (my favourite season), I tend to opt for skinny trousers or smart jeans (my go-to brands: Ida by Donna Ida, MiH and Topshop) worn with a pretty top (e..g Isabel Marant Etoile, Zara..) or a great knit (J.Crew’s Tippi sweater is a favourite, although I am loving a chunkier number this year).
If I wear a skirt it’s generally above the knee – anything longer requires heels when you’re just over five foot and I always wear flats. I can’t remember the last time I wore heels. I am constantly running around and I like to nip – and I am, not, alas one of those women who have mastered doing so in heels.
TW: How does your job and blog influence what you wear?
NP: Honestly? They’re both dangerous! At GLAMOUR I’m surrounded by cool women with great taste - moreover, the office is bang smack in the middle of London, so the opportunity to shop is ever-present. (“I’ll just pop out and pick up a soup for lunch…oh, and this great top I happened to see in Zara on the way.”)
For Wear & Where Alex and I spend a lot of our time scouting out what’s new and gorgeous in fashion (for us and the little ones), interiors, travel etc., so we’re constantly besieged by temptation.
TW: How has being a mum changed your style?
NP: It’s compelled me to plan what I’m going to wear for work the night before – with two children there is zero time to think (or procrastinate) in the morning. And I think I’m more casual than I used to be – I’ve dialled down the jewellery (statement necklaces + small enquiring hands = bad combo) and, of course, no more heels (I want to run home to those little faces after work). Plus, I now own a better line in denim. It’s worth investing in decent jeans, even if you’re wearing them on a hot date with a one-year-old at Rhyme Time.
TW: What are your failsafe tips that you can share with us?
NP: I have a go-to uniform for mama days: jeans with a Breton or a knit (preferably cashmere!) in a neutral shade (navy, grey, cream – I love Gap, Boden and Hush for jumpers); a coat with a hood so you can push a buggy in all weathers; low-heeled boots or ballet flats – and a cross body bag to throw over it all for a pop of colour (I have a cherry-red Tory Burch bag which I love) because they’re hands-free (you need all the hands you can get with children) and stylish. J.Crew and Village England do great bags at an accessible price point.
TW: Which are your three favourite pieces from Tabitha Webb this season and how are you wearing them?
- Edie dress – This may well be the perfect dress. So simple and yet so flattering and chic. I’d wear it with pointed flats (preferably something bejewelled or shiny). My only issue with the Edie is which colour to opt for… Tough call.
- Pandora skirt – This is one of those no-brainer wardrobe essentials. It would look just as good worn with a cashmere knit or simple tee by day as it would dressed up with a gorgeous top for the evening.
- Theodore dress – Great dress, fabulous print. Love it. Every wardrobe needs a dress like this. Perfect for those inevitable ‘don’t know what to wear’ days as it’s so fabulous it speaks for itself.
TW: How important is a statement dress to your wardrobe?
NP: Indispensable. What I adore about a statement dress is that it does all the hard work for you. Just put it on, accessorise – and you’re done. I love pared-back dressing. A dress is not only the one thing you need on ‘don’t know what to wear days’, it’s also an immediate shortcut to feeling dressed-up for a night out.
TW: How do you accessorise dresses for day and for evening?
NP: Easy. Keep it simple and wear with flats by day (and a coat slung over your shoulders). Swap the flats for embellished flats (or heels, if you must!) in the evening and a slick of lipstick.
TW: What are your must-have items for Autumn Winter 2015?
- A Victorian blouse (I found mine at Zara and Topshop, although I can’t promise to resist the temptation to buy ‘just one more’…)
- Something which nods to the military trend.
- I want to give wide-legged trousers a whirl – I love the Chloe look for AW15. This will, however, compel me to wear a heel. I think I’m ready to break one out again..
TW: What trends are you seeing for SS16 that you are looking forward to? 1)
- Ruffles (am a sucker for anything pretty)
- Retro floral prints (as seen at Dolce & Gabbana – like being on holiday in Positano)
- All the gorgeous sorbet shades which were in evidence (loved the strawberry, mint and lemon hues at Burberry)
TW: What’s next for you and your blog?
NP: Alex and I have lots of exciting plans – we want to build our empire, develop our reach and the scope of our features (delivering more of what our readers love) and work with brands we love.
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