Interview: Amy Wells
Amy Wells currently studies in London, with a love for fashion. I was lucky enough to interview Amy about her fashion and how she styles clothes.
Hello! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you?
Hi! I’m doing well thanks, just finished my first year of university and looking forward to a summer at home.
Tell us a little bit about your background.
Growing up in a small town in the south of England, I was brought up with training in ballet and theatre but also developed a love for books, history and the arts through my school and family interests. Now studying in London, I have become more accustomed to the city life and all that it offers.
Describe your style.
I like to believe that I can change my style depending on my mood, the seasons, and the occasion of any given day, but overall I think I have quite a typically British or classic style, enjoying basic cuts and many a striped t-shirt. Comfort is always my priority, so Winter knitwear, jeans and boots with a nice coat is my ideal outfit!
When did you start getting into fashion?
From when I was a child I have always enjoyed picking out my own clothes and trying different styles, perhaps influenced by my travels and fortunate visits to places beyond my little hometown from a young age. There are many a photo of tiny me tottering around with a handbag and some plastic fancy-dress high heels so I guess dressing to impress has always been something I’ve enjoyed!
Where are your favourite places to shop?
In more recent times I have built up a wardrobe which is about 70% from Brandy Melville as I absolutely adore their aesthetic and casual style, but I also love shopping online from Weekday, Asos, and I have a fair number of pieces from Jack Wills.
What inspired you to get into vintage fashion?
Though I definitely don’t shop vintage as much as my younger teen-self, I first became interested in it thanks to a family interest in exploring antique, vintage and charity shops as well as a love for modern history including music, lifestyle and indeed fashion. I remember going to my first vintage fair when I was about 12 and loved seeing all the different styles that at the time weren’t so available in high street stores and wanted to buy clothes that I knew everyone else wouldn’t have.
Do you think it is an important aspect to make your own clothing?
Making clothing isn’t something I am very familiar with, despite some sewing and textiles skills, but I do believe that it could be a fun way to experiment and create your own style. Even just customizing a ready-made piece could give it your own spin and it will be unique.
Do you have any tips for anyone shopping in vintage and charity shops?
Patience is key! You can’t expect to always find something you love or equally find something specific that you’re looking for, but always keep your eyes peeled for things that could be customised, altered to fit you or would work well with other pieces you already own. It’s also worth bearing in mind that something from a charity shop/vintage shop may not be top quality or worth your money, so paying a little extra could be worth it. That said, don’t be afraid in vintage places to try and bargain a little with the sellers; if you’re buying a lot you may bag a deal!
Why do you think charity shops are an important place to shop for clothes?
It certainly prevents your wardrobe from being a replica of someone else’s, and you can also try out some new styles at a fraction of the price of high street fashion. Shopping in both charity and vintage shops can also become a fun day out with friends, as you can challenge each other to find some treasures and it’s cool to not know what you will find.
Your style is very unique and wonderful; how do you go about styling different clothes?
I wouldn’t claim to put a whole lot of effort into how I style myself, but I think the most important thing is feeling comfortable and confident in what you’re wearing because this is what makes a good impression and allows you to enjoy your clothes the most. For this reason I choose clothes that I know most importantly I will feel comfortable wearing, and also suit my body. Everyone of course has different body shapes and it can be good to know what works best for yourself.
How did you go about finding your own style?
Trial and error I imagine! I have certainly tried a few styles and shops over the years and discovered what works/doesn’t work with me. I like to think that how I dress now is an amalgamation of my favourite things from a variety of styles, and that’s how you can develop your own look.
Have you always been into fashion?
For as long as I can remember I’ve definitely shown an interest in clothes and shopping, but fashion in terms of trends, designers and seasonal shows don’t interest me all that much. I fully respect the industry but it’s not something I would really choose to be a part of.
What new pieces have you picked up for this winter and spring that we haven't seen on your Instagram yet?
Heading into summer now I’ve bought quite a few new bits of swimwear recently, which I shall be taking on my holidays to Italy and France. Summer fashion isn’t really my favourite but I’m hoping to enjoy the bits I have picked up!
What are some of your current fashion obsessions?
I recently bought some cropped high-waisted trousers from Brandy M that I am finding to be a really nice alternative to jeans on warmer days, and have been pairing them with cute summery tops. I also picked up a classic green barbour-style jacket from Jack Wills, which I hope will be great on summer evenings and on country walks.
What are your favourite pieces of clothing?
The pieces of clothing that I go back to time and time again are turtleneck jumpers, striped tees and heeled boots. I find heeled boots so flattering on the leg, especially with a pair of black mom or skinny jeans.
What could you not live without?
Definitely nice coats, I certainly own one too many! I think that a good quality coat can make any outfit look well put together, and very classic.
Do you have any career plans?
At the moment I’m hoping to go into the cultural heritage industry, with particular interest in museum work. I think looking after our history is so important and would love to be a part of that.
Do you have a favourite fashion magazine?
Nowadays I don’t tend to read many magazines as I have so much academic reading to do, as well as books for leisure, so I seem to read a few articles on vogue online every now and then. I still follow a few bloggers and youtubers too, though since I’m not really one for caring about trends this is more just out of interest than for inspiration.
Who was your first style icon?
Maybe it’s because I’m an airhead, or maybe I just haven’t had a style icon before but I’m really struggling to think of anyone! I tend to just pick up ideas and styles from what I’ve seen and what I like the look of, so don’t think I’d really want to try and base my own look on someone else’s.
Why has social media been an important platform for you to use?
Though I am in no way an influencer nor have any fame on any social media, personally I use it as somewhat of a creative outlet and place for me to document pictures and thoughts on a day-to-day basis. It has definitely broadened my horizons in terms of fashion, ideas and aesthetics, and I have also made some great friends online. I like to think it has also improved my own confidence, as you have to get used to the fact that not everyone will like or be nice about the things you choose to put online.
What do we hope to see in this up and coming year for your Instagram?
Probably more of the same! Hopefully my holidays during summer will provide some picturesque scenery and some different outfit pics, as well as more of my London life from September onwards. I’m not one to theme my Instagram or exclude certain styles of pictures, so could be a mixture of all sorts.
Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to set up their own Instagram?
Don’t use it purely for the sake of gaining popularity, getting likes or trying to reach fame; social media should be primarily for fun and creating your own profile of your own personal interests and style. If you do happen to gain popularity, see it as a bonus.
What's the best piece of creative advice you've ever been given?
I think it’s the idea of doing, instead of just talking about stuff you’d like to do. Sometimes it can be hard to motivate yourself to be creative and also hard to get over the fact some people might laugh/criticize, but unless you try something you won’t improve your skills in the long term.
You can follow this lovely lady on her Instagram and Twitter ‘@amynicolewells’. She is always posting wonderful pictures of her outfits and fashion.