Interview: Paige Goodes
Paige has recently graduated studying fashion design and marketing in London. She has a unique quirky style, which can be shown throughout her Instagram. I was lucky enough to have a little interview with Paige about fashion and her career plans.
Hello Paige! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you?
Hi Rhiannon, I’m great thank you.
Tell us a little bit about your background.
So I graduated from the London College of Fashion last year where I studied fashion design and marketing which I absolutely loved!
Describe your style.
My style changes all the time, one day I can dress really girly and the other I can be in converse and a heavy leather jacket. I think my style changes with my mood, if I’m having a down day I’ll wear something baggy and cosy but I could also wear something really nice to bring up my mood, it totally depends day by day. My mum always says “it’s not a fashion show” but I will be in the worst mood if I cannot decide what to wear or I don’t like what I’m wearing.
When did you start getting into fashion?
I decided I wanted to be a fashion designer aged 7 and that’s always stuck, I’m told that when I was 2 years old I said to my mum “I wouldn’t be seen dead in that” when she picked out an outfit for me, and it’s been the same ever since!
High school and sixth form were where I experimented most with fashion, I used to think I looked great but looking back I was hilarious. But at the time I loved it!
I don’t think there’s a specific time where I started getting into fashion, it’s just always been there. Ever since I was a kid I’d chose my outfits and it went from there.
Where are your favourite places to shop?
ASOS hands down, I’m obsessed! Their own brand lingerie and denim are my favourite, I interned there a couple years ago, and the lingerie and denim designer are amazing. I’d say ASOS are THE best for lingerie and denim, definitely check it out! I love how they take inspiration from the catwalks but don’t copy it exactly.
I’m also a big fan of Ebay for things like denim/leather jackets, converse and jeans, it takes a while to hunt through and find a gem but its definitely worth it.
What inspired you to get into vintage fashion?
In sixth form I’d go to Brighton a lot and rummage through Dirty Harry, To Be Worn Again and Beyond retro as I’d be inspired by the music I listened to at the time which was very indie. But I find now that some vintage places are so expensive! Which is why I turned to Ebay. I think vintage feels more exclusive because odds are no one, or very little people will have the same garment which is always a nice feeling.
Do you think it is an important aspect to make your own clothing?
I think it’s important if you like doing it, I love sitting in my sewing room all day making and customising things. I think also because I’m so tall a lot of the time I need to alter and make things so they fit me better! I also like that I can make a one off and it’s even better when people compliment what you’ve made. I have a jacket I made which says ‘baby girl power’ on the back which I’m often complimented on and people shout GIRL POWER a lot to me when I wear it which is cool.
Do you have any tips for anyone shopping in vintage and charity shops?
Be in the mood to rummage, if you’re not in the mind set to search and search then don’t bother! Vintage and charity shops are also online which makes searching easier.
I think my tip for shopping in general and what I find a lot is take the garment out of context because most likely it’s been styled not to your taste. I see a lot of things that are styled so bad, if you take them out of context and think about the clothes you own and how you’d wear it, it could actually be a really nice garment.
Why do you think charity shops are an important place to shop for clothes?
I think they’re important as a way of giving to charity and finding hidden gems, they’re also good if you find something you like but doesn’t fit well you can alter and change it without having had spent a fortune.
Your style is very unique and wonderful; how do you go about styling different clothes?
Thank you! I spend a lot of time scrolling through Instagram, Tumblr and Pinterest for inspiration.
I think accessories make a huge difference to outfits, which is something I’ve been trying recently. A plain tee and jeans can be totally jazzed up with boots, belts, necklaces and earrings. I’m wanting to grow my boots and bag collection as I use a canvas tote almost every single day so trying to be more inventive. And I’m also just buying boots I like when I see them, as my theory is my feet won’t ever change size so they’ll last forever right?
How did you go about finding your own style?
I think finding my style has been a long road and I’m still not completely like ‘this is my style I only have one style’ because it changes constantly, I wore things this summer which I’ll never wear again because now look back and think it’s horrible but in 2-3 years I know I’ll love it again. I think your style is your mood and because that’s always changing, my style will always develop.
Have you always been into fashion and photography?
Yes, I’ve always been into fashion and photography, more so since Instagram came along as it lets you blend the two together.
What new pieces have you picked up for this winter and spring that we haven't seen on your Instagram yet?
I’ve tried so hard not to buy in the Christmas sales so I’ve not purchased much! I bought some jeans in Primark for £5 the other week that were soo short so I’ve added a band of faux leather on the thigh which makes them look a hell of a lot better! Most of what I purchase goes on Instagram a few days after I buy it, I think I have some lingerie that I’ve not posted yet so keep an eye out!
What are some of your current fashion obsessions?
Jeans, I NEVER used to wear jeans. Anyone that knows me knows I’d only wear skirts, but recently I’ve bought 5 pairs of jeans in the last month I think! I found a style on ASOS (‘farleigh’) which fits me really well, they’re super high waist which I’ve never had before because I am so tall so I love them. I also tailored a pair of Levi 550’s (they fit way better than 501’s) that I won for 99p years ago on Ebay so loving them. I really love denim; I’m looking for some denim tops at the moment but can’t find anything that I love so thinking I might make something myself.
What are your favourite pieces of clothing?
This is like asking a mum to chose her favourite child! I love my red Zara boots to death, I also have a rusty orange fur coat that I wear at least one a week. Also my leather biker jacket that I got from Ebay because it’s really old and to the perfect amount of ‘worn’, I’d be so sad if I never had it.
What could you not live without?
My black western Arson boots from Topshop, I wanted them so much when they first came out and when they released them again I bought them instantly! They are the perfect pointed boot.
Do you have any career plans?
I’d love to have my own lingerie brand (which will happen one day), I also want to do more styling which is something I’m focusing on currently. I’d love to design for ASOS which is something I hope happens in the near future.
Do you have a favourite fashion magazine?
I haven’t bought a fashion magazine in so long! I used to subscribe to ELLE but there’s just so many adverts.
Who was your first style icon?
Very stereotypically it’s Alexa Chung, she’s the ultimate babe! I remember seeing pictures when I was in high school of her at Glastonbury and thinking that girl is the coolest. She’s always going to be the coolest.
Why has social media been an important platform for you to use?
It’s important because it lets me put myself out there, I’ve worked with so many amazing people because they’ve contacted me via Instagram. I have best friends who I’ve met through Instagram and now have companies send me things which is cool. At university, I got told by my tutor to use Instagram as a platform to get people to know who you are and what you do so I’ve always remembered that.
What do we hope to see in this up and coming year for your Instagram, blog and Facebook page?
I hope to actually have a blog by summer! My Instagram I want to post more on and have more professional photos, that would be nice. My Facebook I keep private but am happy to accept people I know from Instagram. My Instagram is gaining momentum now so I’d like that to continue as I get to work with really cool people already so if that were to carry on I’d like it!
Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to set up their own Instagram?
Have a username people recognise you by, I get called Paileaa a lot. And carry that username over all platforms! Post content you like, and if other people like it to that’s great! Oh and don’t hashtag unless completely necessary!
What's the best piece of creative advice you've ever been given?
Talk to everyone, you never know who you might end up speaking to!
If you would like to follow this lovely lady, please follow her on Instagram ‘Paileaa’. She is constantly posting wonderful fashion and photographs.