Q&A with stylist Prue Chilcott
Q: When did you first develop an interest in style and fashion?
A: Ever since I was a little girl, I was fascinated by my Mum’s wardrobe. I grew up in the 80s, so I’ll forever have a soft spot for scrunchies, stonewash and shoulder pads
Q: Tell us a little about your professional background and experience
A: I’ve been a personal stylist for 5 years, and have worked in fashion for over 10 years. I’m also the Deputy Editor at Melbourne Girl, which helps keep me up to date with all the latest and greatest fashion happenings!
Q: Favourite holiday destination?
A: Europe – I love the food, history and the shopping! I also love the fact you can travel a couple of hours in any direction and be in an entirely new culture.
Q: Any fashion regrets or faux pars?
A: Wearing cargo pants with high heels in High School, and thinking I had nailed it! Also, the Sass and Bide super low cut jeans I wore from 2000-2008
Q: Describe your personal style
A: Easy, classic and very Melbourne – think black, black and more black. I love bringing my classic black pieces up to date with shoes, handbags and jewellery!
Q: What are your favourite wardrobe items?
A: A pair of black flat boots, my cozy knits and my Chanel handbag!
Q: What’s your most recent purchase?
A: I shop at least once a week, so I can’t remember! I think it was another pair of flat boots, this time in a gorgeous marsala colour (deep burgundy!)
Q: Favourite designers or stores?
A: Country Road (I used to work there as a Uni student, and just love the fact I can shop for myself, my husband and my little girl all in one place), Gorman (for when I feel a little bold and colourful) and Scanlan & Thedore for something special
Q: What wardrobe staple could you not do without?
A: My grey, white and black t-shirts – I wear them ALL the time with EVERYTHING!
Q: When you shop for yourself, what’s your decision making on a purchase?
A: I have to be able to wear it with at least 3 other things in my wardrobe – other than that, it’s fair game!
Q: What are some of the things you’ve learnt about styling since working with Styled by Sally?
A: How hard both men and women are on themselves – 99.9% of the people I work with are fabulous, and 99.9% are way too critical of their butt/hips/thighs/stomach. What is a non-issue for me (and everyone else!) can often be a HUGE issue for my clients. It’s all about identifying these ‘problem areas’ and then dressing cleverly to hide/highlight said areas!
Q: What do you enjoy most about working with clients?
A: I love a chat, and love meeting new people and hearing their stories. I also love the confidence that just a simple wardrobe tweak can inspire!
Q: What do you love doing on your days off?
A: Hanging out with my little girl and my French Bulldog, Coco Chanel!
Q: What are your top 3 styling tips for women or men?
1. Don’t follow trends, follow what looks good on you
2. Keep your look current with shoes, handbags and jewellery (and even a new lippy/tie in an ‘on trend’ colour)
3. Don’t sweat it – there’s no such thing as a fashion mistake that can’t be fixed!
Q: Minimalist or hoarder?
Q: Chocolate or cheese?
Q: Favourite Movie?
A: Taken – I just love Liam!
Q: What Sex and the City character most resembles your personality?
A: Probably a G-rated Samantha!
Q: What’s the biggest mistake you see clients make with their personal style?
A: Wearing clothes that don’t fit – it’s either swamped in clothing 5 sizes too big or vice versa. Cut out the label if the size it shows bother you, it’s all about the perfect fit. Every retailer is different so unfortunately you’re most likely unable to be the same size in every retailer too!
Q: Describe your personality in 3 words
A: Fun, Loyal and Cheeky!
Q: Do you have any style icons?
A: Olivia Palermo – I love how she mixes her classic Designer pieces with High Street bargains in unexpected ways!
Follow Prue on Instagram @pruechilcott