From her does-it-all coat to her wear-everywhere handbag, here are Corina Gaffey’s favourite fashion finds.
A woman whose presence on the Irish style scene has been felt for over a decade now, Corina Gaffey is a fashion journalist and stylist with quite the eye for detail. Here, we get an exclusive glimpse into her enviable wardrobe.
How would you describe your personal style?
Ever changing! I’ve finally found my style groove, and I swing between full-on prints and patterns and, then, the next day, super clean lines. Comfort and mood dictate my everyday wardrobe.
The go-to shoe/trainers
A pointed/ballet flat is consistently my go-to if I want to give my look a little polish. From high-street to high-end, I always gravitate towards that style and shape. I snapped up a pair of metallic silver Prada last season in the sale, and I also bought an embellished black pair from Zara a few weeks ago, so my pointed flat wardrobe is constantly expanding! If I’m spending a day prepping for a shoot, I’ll always wear runners, as I can rack up at least 20,000 steps running around – I’ve recently jumped on the Adidas Samba bandwagon, and they are a great trainer for wearing with jeans or tailored trousers.
The does-it-all coat
I don’t know if I could limit it to one! But for versatility, a trench will always be in rotation in my wardrobe. Particularly a trench in classic beige. It just can be thrown over everything. Next on my list would be a statement coat – I have many. From leopard to metallic, I feel much more pulled together when I have a standout topper, even if it’s just a simple t-shirt and jeans.
The perfect jeans
I’m still hunting for my holy grain jean like most people. But I’m enjoying the much more relaxed, straight-leg styles and can’t see myself rushing back to skinnies. I’ve just bought a pair of wide-leg white jeans from Arket, and I’ve two pairs of Gavin jeans from Anine Bing, which I love the crop, straight leg, and frayed ends.
The must-have knitwear
You can’t beat the simplest crew neck knit to slip under a blazer or wear with jeans. But I do love Khaite knitwear, particularly their sculpted cardigans, which are a bit boujee for me; instead, I look to Nanuskha, Sezane, & Other Stories, and The White Company for Khaite vibes. I recently got an oatmeal cardigan from The White Company, and I know I’ll live in it all spring. When you’re blessed in the chest, a v-neck cardigan is a great option, and I usually wear it layered with necklaces to elevate it.
The everyday jewellery
Earrings, no matter what I wear, I always stack my ears with my Timeless Pearly hoop and pearl earrings or if I want something a little more statement, my Inner Island pearl drops. Necklaces, I layer, too; I love Sorcha O’R, One Dame Lane, Ecru Studios, and Gabsluk.
The wear-everywhere handbag
I’m a crossbody gal, usually just because I need my hands free when pulling clothing for shoots, so they are a great everyday bag. I recently invested in a tote bag from Tory Burch, Kildare Village and a quilted softie from Mulberry, which is more of a shoulder bag, so I’m moving away from just the hands-free handbag!
The Sunday cosy, casual look
I don’t have much loungewear, but I have a black tailored tracksuit from Sweaty Betty that would be my go-to if I want to be cosy. It’s good to wear it with trainers or make it a little more polished with a chunky loafer.
The ultimate pyjamas
Sleeper adorned in feathers for lounging, and you can’t beat a pair of Penneys pjs!
The party look essential
When it comes to partywear, I like to keep one part casual, whether it’s a t-shirt with metallic trousers, a tank with a sequin skirt, or flats with an evening dress; I like to disrupt and make sure I don’t look overdone.
The most treasured piece
My wedding shoes; I still wear them, they are Miu Miu, and I bought them before I even knew what my dress was like. They are black, pointed with a silver mirrored heel, people thought I was mad buying black wedding shoes, but my dress covered them, and they were so comfortable, plus they are so much more versatile, and I still wear them eight years later!
The wishlist item
I’m lusting after Simone Rocha’s metallic gold ballet flats from her Autumn Winter collection that was just on at London Fashion Week.
The vintage shop to know
Vicente Ganesha in Ibiza, it’s a treasure trove of some of the most amazing vintage, really authentic, and it’s a regular haunt of Kate Moss, so if it’s good enough for Ms.Moss…
Who to follow for style on social media
Some of my favourites are @nlmarilyn, @lisa.aiken, @vanessaroseblair, @monkih, @sylviemus_ and @juliesfi .
The beauty essentials / self-care ritual
I’m really into underpainting thanks to Mary Phillips, so contouring and concealing before make-up. I love Westman Atelier contour and highlight sticks, Nars concealer, and Charlotte Tilbury Flawless filter. I also recently stocked up on Glossier Boy Brow and Balmdotcom.