We are always inspired by women who own their own style. Model-turned-businesswoman Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is certainly owning hers and here's why I'm loving it...
Many of us have one woman to whom we continually look for style inspiration. We do not always seek to copy the clothes she wears exactly, but instead we aspire to her confidence, her prowess and her presence.
Over the years I've realised this presence doesn't just come from having the best designer clothes or parading around with perfectly coiffed hair. This poise comes from utterly accepting who you are.
Victoria Beckham is a perfect example. Such was the power of her self-realisation, she turned this clout into her synonymous fashion brand. Women look to her in admiration at the ownership she has of her look and her life.
Right now for me there is only one woman to whom I continually gravitate on Instagram – Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. The model, actress and businesswoman has taken her style to another level in recent times. Thankfully – for me – she is documenting this journey for my prying eyes.
Modelling doesn't last forever, so she has wisely moved into the world of business. Collaborations with Marks & Spencer's lingerie and beauty departments have proved very successful, and she has her own lifestyle and beauty brand called Rose Inc. Through this, she has mastered the world of social media and has leveraged YouTube for beauty and Instagram for fashion.
Looks of the week
Firstly, I think she's absolutely beautiful, yet wholesome and relatable too. Over the years she's proved her credentials as a red-carpet fashion star, but it's her everyday looks that are now causing a storm.
She documents her daily outfits in a very smart weekly post, which she calls her 'looks of the week'. Her style is quite simple. Neutral tones and non-fussy silhouettes are accessorised with gold jewelley, great shoes and on-trend 'it' bags. Black, white and beige are the predominant colours, with the odd pop of print and colour.
Bottega Venetta is her go-to accessories brand and she sports the now infamous 'Pouch' bag better than anyone else on my Instagram feed. The brand's sell-out square toe heels complete the majority of looks.
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She has also mastered the majesty of the elusive high-low mix by pairing a €12.95 Zara bodysuit with high-waisted Isabel Marant trousers and a pleated Chloé skirt.
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A great pair of jeans along with a structured blazer never fail and this look is one Rosie herself champions.
She also understands the undeniable power of suiting and smart tailoring.
And she recognises the influence and effectiveness of a dress.
Though her style can be quite simple, her looks are elevated through a fresh confidence she's exhibiting. Yes, she is a model and can put on the moves, but there's something different about her style and her Instagram feed. Age can be a blessing and at 32, it seems she's coming into her own.
She is, as they say, owning it; truly and completely. And I have turned into a quintessential fan girl. It's empowering to see a woman find her style and continue to work with it. The more I see of her the more I identify signature elements; from the palette to the choice of shoes and accessories, there is a consistency there.
I have found my ultimate style crush. Although I may not have the height, the bombshell blond hair or the wardrobe, I can try and imitate her aura and presence.
So, long live the self-assured woman and may Rosie continue to bless us with her fashion flair.
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