I was lucky enough to have already spent some time with Megan, who is such a lovely lady, last season at LFW and also this season. This meant we had plenty to talk about on top of all the questions I had for her.
We took a short walk from ASOS to The Diner, Megan had already told me about their famous Chips and Gravy. These are wonderful words to a northern girl in London and hailing from Manchester herself, Megan was eager to take me there for a taste of the north. Once we had ordered I got down to grilling Megan on my long list of questions. Of course she was only too happy to answer…
Another memory that springs to mind is how me and my sister used to draw out clothing designs we dreamed up and we had our own fashion folder that we decorated. We’d colour our designs in with smelly gel pens.
Me: Who are your style icons?
Megan: Alex Chung, Pandora Skyes, Suki Waterhouse and Pixie Lott. I really love Pixie’s retro vibes and how she has fun with fashion. She dresses in a really playful way.
Me: Where do you get inspiration from?
Megan: Celebrities. Music, the boy I fancy at the time. At the moment Van McCann is really inspiring me. I really like that Rock n roll look. Films. I used to be obsessed with Pulp Fiction. I dressed like Mia for while, I wore white shirts and cut my hair short.
Pinterest is a constant source of inspiration, I’m addicted. Amy from The Little Magpie is my favourite blogger so I always get inspiration from her posts.
Me: What’s the one item in your wardrobe you can’t live without?
Megan: Ever – it has to be black tailored trousers. They go with so much. From trainers to heels – Every girl should have them and make sure you invest in an amazing pair that you can wear for years.
Now – Suede skirts and jackets are my thing. Flares and a-line skirts that nip me in at the waist. I’ve learnt how to dress for my shape.
Me: Favourite designer?
Megan: House of Holland! His collections are always so fun. The influences behind his collection are really clear and his thought process is easy to follow. I love that he designs for his friends and that the women in his life inspire him.
Me:Any advice for budding stylists?
Megan: Intern intern intern. Get your name out there! Try different roles in the fashion industry to make sure your passionate about it. You get lots of contacts that you can keep in touch with, you never know when you might need to reach out to them.
Set up a blog! It’s a really good online portfolio – it showcases your own personal style. When applying for an internship you should do something different stand out. I sent Henry Holland his favourite sweets to secure my place.
Me: And bloggers?
Megan: I’ve really just grown organically, so I don’t have any secrets. Show that your passionate about fashion or your chosen niche, just put your all into it. Don’t copy anyone else. Keep it fresh and up to date, so there is always something new to read.
Me: Tips for making it in the social media game?
Megan: Take pictures of everything you see – screen grab from other people for inspiration. Signs, houses, coffee just snap away! I try to post 3 times a day on Instagram. Keep it varied to capture peoples attention. Make sure you comment back and support your following.
Pinterest has my largest number of followers. You’ve got to keep up the volume! Have varied boards that tap into a variety of different areas – people are really specific with their searches on Pinterest so you need to capture that.