Q&A WITH THE FACE OF STYLE SECRET CAYLEIGH JAMES

What first sparked your love of fashion?

I have loved fashion since I was a little girl. My mum was always involved in the fashion industry as she did modelling and also owned a fashion boutique (back in South Africa where I grew up). I would love going along to her fashion shows or help her put away clothes and try on dresses in her boutique on Saturdays.

Who’s your style crush?

I love Olivia Palermo. She is always so classy and balances the perfect mix between modern and edgy and feminine. She always looks so polished and has a beautiful attention to detail.

Who’s your favourite designer?

I’m from Adelaide, so I am so proud of the amazing talent we have here. Paolo Sebastian’s gowns are absolutely magical and look like they have stepped out of a fairy tale. Australian Fashion labels, also based in Adelaide, have a collection of talented young designers who create fashion forward designs that are attainable and easy to wear. 

What is your favourite fashion blog?

I love Margaret Zhang’s blog because she is so effortlessly cool and her blog is a feast for the eyes!

If you could swap wardrobes with anyone, who would it be?

It would be a close call between Margaret Zhang and Olivia Palermo.

How would you describe your personal style?

I don’t think I have a particular style, as I find I am always changing according to my moods. That’s something that I love about fashion. Some days I may feel like wearing colour or something more feminine, while other days I will stick to something neutral and classic.

What are you wardrobe essentials?

As I get older, I find I am opting for quality over quantity. I think every girl should have a great leather jacket, white shirt, a well-fitted pair of jeans, a go-to printed skirt, a comfy pair of boots and a killer pair of heels. Oh…and a designer handbag of course!

What’s your favourite outfit that you have posted so far?

My favourite so far is my latest post that included my boyfriend. We did the shoot just before heading to a ball, so it was something a bit different to my usual posts. I am wearing a gorgeous white lace dress and a blush YSL clutch from Style Secret.

What’s your favourite Style Secret handbag?

This is a really hard question! YSL is usually my favourite and I love the tassel bags, however the Chloe Drew in Caramel is so unique and I love the gold hardware on it.


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