Lorraine Kelly herself chats to us about this year's High Street Fashion Awards and about how she keeps up her TV presenter style!
Hi Lorraine! Have you got any favourite recent trends?
I don’t really do trends, but I do just take little bits of things; like I really liked the whole military look and I’ve got a couple of little camoflague tops with some jewellery. I think probably when you get to my age you don’t want to be a slave to fashion but you just want to be picking up little bits here and there. I wouldn’t be head to toe in anything specific. That’s what the market is so good at, you know like leopard skin - I wouldn’t be be seen in a complete leopard print outfit - you end up looking like something out of Coronation Street! but you can maybe wear the leopard print shoes or a little bag or something to kind of jazz it up. And I might not be able to buy loads of stuff in Topshop but there’s little accessories that I can buy and little tops and things like that I can still buy which is good.
Can you recall a time when you felt really stylish?
No, no, never! (laughs)
Really?! What about when you go to a glitzy awards ceremony?
I guess I’m just trying to think. It’s all about what suits you rather than what’s stylish. Oh, I know, when I did the Piers Morgan show I went shopping and got a lovely gold Burberry dress, which was beautiful and I mean yes, it was expensive, but it wasn’t daft. Obviously I’ll be wearing it more than once. I wear everything more than once, I recycle all the time. And I also wore a lovely pair of Christian Louboutin shoes and I did feel like for once in my life I’d actually got it right. That’s because I had advice. I love going shopping with Mark (Heyes) and I love going shopping with my daughter. She’s really good, because she’ll say "step away from the frumpiness" or "that’s too young for you", she’s good like that. She’s got really good sense of style, much better than me.
Whose style do you admire, especially when it comes too high street style?
I think Kelly (Brook) gets it right all the time because she’s got such a beautiful figure and she’s very lucky, she can wear anything she likes but she’ll always get it right. Carol Vorderman I think always looks good. I like her because she does that mix of high street with designer. I also think Helen Mirren is very, very, stylish. I saw her at a premiere and she had a Dolce & Gabbana leopard print dress with a black leather jacket on and she looked amazing. She’s a woman in her sixties and she looked absolutely incredible. She just always looks really stylish but also looks real because she hasn’t gone down the route of plastic surgery. She looks her age but beautiful and absolutely stunning. I also like Joanna Lumley. She's got this thing that's effortless and she never looks done, she just looks as if she’s magically put it together. She’s amazing I love her.
Have you ever been given any memorable style tips?
For me it’s always "less is more". I don’t really like jewellery and I don’t like fuss. For me it’s all about really clean lines and as you get older less is more. Mark always says to me that when I'm going out to a special occasion to look at myself in the mirror and take something off. And I don’t mean your top (laughs) but an accessory because sometimes we tend to overdo it a little bit, so I think for me it’s about keeping it really simple, keeping it plain and unfussy.
So, is the Lorraine off screen quite different to what we see on TV?
Yeah, to be honest with you if I didn’t do my job I probably wouldn’t even own a dress you know! I would have my one black dress that I would go out in. I tend to be very, very, casual but I like that - you can be casual but still look good. My high heels are like pussy cats that live in a house and they never go out, they just live inside! I tend to be in really comfy Uggs and comfortable clothes and big baggy jumpers. Stuff you can just chill out in.
Which colours do you love wearing?
I really like blue and black. Green is a really good colour too. That’s the thing about clothes now though, you can get such great things from the high street, things you probably wouldn’t be able to even dream about before because they take something from the catwalk and make it their own.
Yes, it's great isn't it!
It's fantastic as it's affordable for everyone which is as it should be as everybody should have access to fashion. And also what I always think is don’t be a slave to it, that’s what Mark always says as well. Make it your own, just use little bits of it - you don’t have to slavishly follow it as that never looks good. It looks like you’ve forced it upon yourself.
Do you feel more stylish and comfortable in your skin now than you did 10 years ago?
Oh definitely, you should see pictures of me 10 years ago, you would have a good laugh (laughs). Yeah, I was the queen of the cardigans about 10 years ago, I don’t know what I was thinking. I think that comes with getting a bit older and I did lose a bit of weight and was lucky enough to keep it off and I think that helps as well.
When you are off duty, which do you prefer... skirt or trousers?
Blow dry or rough dry?
Oh, just rough dry
Made up or au naturel?
And when you go to an event do you prefer full-length glam or a flirty cocktail number?
I don’t get out much (laughs) and when I do it would probably be a posh thing so I’d wear a posh frock.
And finally... what’s your best beauty buy?
I just discovered Midnight Secret by Guerlain and it’s honestly sleep in a bottle. It’s not cheap but it oh my god, it really works.