We chat to fashion and lifestyle blogger Kristin Clark on songs, men's style, and her worst date.
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We continue with our best of the web series, where we interview the most influential people from all over the web on fashion, their future plans, and social media. This week we chat to fashion and lifestyle blogger Kristin Clark.
In 2012 Kristin quit her 9-5 job to become her own boss, taking a bold step and starting her own fashion blog, Living in Colour Print, as well as freelancing on fashion and lifestyle. She now writes from home as well as on the road, traveling across the globe to keep her followers up to date with the latest trends.
How was your 2015? Any major highlights?
2015 was a whirlwind of firsts for me, all in a good way. First time traveling to Europe, first time experiencing London Fashion Week, getting engaged (yes, for the first time haha) and all that that entails with wedding planning. It's been exciting to say the least, but I'm even more elated to see what 2016 has in store!
What song have you got on repeat at the moment?
I'm honestly so terrible with music! It's kind of embarrassing. Pandora is pretty much my only connection to the music world...whatever is playing on my preferred station of the day.
What’s the most important thing about a guy’s style to you?
His shoe and sock combinations. I think it can be tough for men to get creative with their looks, so I love seeing a man who's able to be a little playful with his footwear selections.
What fashion advice do you have for a man?
FIT. Fit is everything in menswear. I think it's rare for a man to walk into a store, pick a pair of pants or a blazer, and have it fit perfectly off the rack. Taking the time to get something tailored to fit your body is key to an overall polished look. It shows style, but also that you take pride in your appearance, which in my opinion, transcends other aspects of life: work and play.
1 tip to grow your Instagram account
Be sure to constantly interact with your followers and your community! Engaging with other accounts that post about similar interests (whether it be fashion, beauty, travel, decor, etc) is a great way to get yourself out there, and hopefully gain some new followers. Search hashtags to discover new accounts to engage with.
What’s the one thing you never want to see a guy wearing?
Jorts: jean shorts. They're just the worst to me! Blah.
Worst dating experience you’ve had?
Oh man, this is a tough one seeing as I've been with the same man for the past 9 years! I haven't been in the 'dating scene' since high school. Crazy I know. Although there was this one guy I briefly dated back then who's idea of a date was having me over to his house to play beer pong with him and his little sister...so romantic.
Any major plans for 2016?
Getting married! That, and traveling to a few new countries and growing my business - it's ever evolving, and with the fast pace of social media it can be a struggle to stay on top of everything.
Who’s the most stylish man on the planet for you right now?
David Beckham. There's something about the Brits and their fashion sense.
What's your favourite menswear accessory?
A bow tie. Possibly because I can never convince my fiancé to wear one, but I truly love them. There's something so handsome about a man in a bow tie - takes me to the that 'southern style' that I love.
What's the best fashion advice anyone has given you?
Don't worry about the size printed on a label. It's not about the 'size', it's about how you feel when you're wearing a garment and the ability to exude confidence in that piece. This is a conversation I actually had with my 12 year old sister recently. Guys and girls alike all struggle with this unrealistic need to conform to social standards, typically being the smallest size possible. I'm proud to say I own items that are labeled size XS-L, because it's all about how I want the clothes to fit (am I going for oversized or tailored for example), and how I feel when I'm wearing them! It's a good lesson to learn early on.