Jameela Jamil is a fashion star – she’s in the process of showing off her third collection for Very.co.uk – not bad, eh? But she confesses that she wasn’t always so stylish – find out what fashion crimes she’s been found guilty of in the past…
It’s hard to believe that Jameela Jamil hasn’t always been a success in the style department – she often makes it on the best dressed lists, and no one rocks a pair of shorts quite like her – and not to mention the fact that her Very.co.uk range is a massive HIT. Here she talks fashion mistakes, wardrobe inspiration and why being in a car accident affected the way she thinks about clothes…
“I was a disaster until I was 17, and then I got hit by a car so I was out of action for two years – I didn’t wear anything apart from pyjamas. I’d gained loads of weight on steroids and I was all embarrassed about it, and rather than dressing my curves I tried to cover up, which just made me look bigger – like I was working on a building site all the time.”
This experience has given Jameela a very firm conviction that women should dress to suit their shapes, rather than simply following fashion trends.
Jameela admits that when she first started working on TV, her style was definitely a work in progress.
“I used to dress like I was going to a disco everywhere I went, because I thought that’s what people on telly wear, because I had no experience whatsoever, so I just thought you get as dressed up as you possibly can – so I’d wander around looking like I was going to a ball at every normal event!”
These days, however, her wardrobe staple is shoes – and lots of them: “I’m too scared to count! It’s well over a hundred… really quirky shoes. I don’t have any normal shoes – I don’t buy shoes unless they amaze me.”
On describing what she’s in to right now, Jameela said: ‘I love flattering LBDs, a little black dress is the key. She also wears a lot of “fairly plain clothes”, which she jazzes up with clever accessorising. “It’s always the accessories, the bags, the hats – but they’re always incredibly flattering and they’re always a little bit different. That’s my personal style – you have well-made, well-fitting clothes and then it’s up to you to add your extra bit of personality onto them.”
So who does Jameela look to for style inspiration? “Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Kate Bosworth. I love them… Kate Bosworth is just to die for, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is just effortlessly chic. Again, all of her clothes are very plain, it’s the way she puts them together.
Same with Kate Moss, she’s got a uniform of jeans, black t-shirts, jackets, vests – it’s the way you put the items together that makes great wardrobes. The women that I love wear plain clothes but they wear them together amazingly.”
Jameela believes that dressing up is good for your self-esteem: “It’s just saying ‘I think I’m worth making an effort for today – I’m not doing it for a man, I’m not doing it for a woman, I’m not doing it to impress other girls in the office or at school. I think I’m worth making an effort for’.”
Jameela, we couldn’t agree with you more..