You’ll never believe it, but Tu at Sainsbury’s are 10 years old this month. Yep, the supermarket aficionados are celebrating in style, having recruited our favourite former member of Eternal and all-round pop superstar, Louise Redknapp, to style her favourite 10 looks from the new Tu AW14 collection.
The styish lady has picked out her top picks including cosy, oversized knits, full midi skirts, luxe accessories and on-trend outerwear. From long-line dogstooth print shirts to the perfect jeans and A-line minis, the new range looks set to be filling our trolleys as soon as we can get our hands on it. In the meantime, we caught up with the lovely Louise to steal her style advice and find out if Jamie tries to give her any tips!
What would be your ultimate styling tip?
Whatever you wear has to fit you well and suit your shape. Whether it is trendy or on point, getting something that is cut well to suit your body is what makes us women feel the most confident!
Do you have a favourite piece from the Tu range and how would you style it?
There are quite a few pieces that I like so it is really tough to choose one. There is a lovely mustard cardigan with a leopard-print skirt, which is a great look. It is really on trend for this autumn/winter; –Isabel Marant and Stella McCartney both did cute skirts with oversized knits. I love that look. I think it is understated and cool, but still edgy and sexy. I also love the leather midi skirt with the check jumper. I think it’s a really directional look.
Are you a huge fan of high street fashion?
I love both, but I think it is so important to mix them. I love how accessible the high street is and because of the price point you can take a bit of a risk and maybe get something that you might not wear forever but you can enjoy it for the moment, which you can’t do if you’re spending a lot of money on something.
Would you say that your personal style has change a lot over the years?
When I was singing it was all about stage outfits, but since then the industry has become more fashion-led. I’ve learnt what suits me over the years. I’ve worked with some great stylists so I’ve learnt to take risks and do something a bit different, but most of all I have just grown more confident in what I wear.
Who do you look to for fashion inspiration?
I love Christine Centenera (Vogue Australia’s senior fashion editor), I think she’s so inspiring. I also like Helena Christensen – I love her easiness, her boho feel, she doesn’t seem to follow trends but wears what suits her and what works for her.
What do you look to for fashion inspiration?
I look at a lot of blogs and on Instagram. Now, with a click of a button you can get updates so quickly – every hour you can look at a new image from somewhere. Fashion blogs allow you to look hourly and daily rather than waiting a month, but obviously I still look to glossy magazines for designers.
If you could describe your style in three words, what would they be?
Simple, quite undone and slightly edgy.
Your husband, Jamie, is quite fashion conscious. Does he try and give you any styling tips?
Yeah, he always says just keep it simple. If I am ever trying to do something too different he says: “No, keep it simple.”
What’s the best piece of fashion advice you’ve ever been given?
Wear the clothes, don’t let them wear you!
By Hannah Banks-Walker