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What does style mean to you?
I don’t think about style when I buy clothes, the only thing I do think is I don’t want to look like everyone else.
Growing up, it was very sinful to think about clothes, that wasn’t the correct thing for an individual to be thinking about. It was all about the soul and that was far more important – but maybe there’s some truth in that. I remember college friends of mine saying years later that I changed from this little country girl from Ceredigion and adopted this very sophisticated way of dressing as they did in the town. I don’t know if it was a compliment or not!
When you started working in television did you spend much on clothes?
I’ve spent far too much on clothes over the years! I’d be a very rich woman if I hadn’t spent it on clothes. You didn’t get any financial help to buy clothes then, so I spent all my earnings on clothes.
This is a very unusual suit isn’t it? And there’s obviously a mischievous side to you!
I really like this one because the shape is lovely and it suits me. The front is very plain and then when people see the back, they see the legs!
How would you describe your style?
I hate this mentality that you have to change your style as you get older. Why categorise people? I know I’ve been accused of being ‘mutton dressed as lamb’, but I think I should wear them because I’m very comfortable in these clothes. The only thing I will say is that I probably wear things other people may think I shouldn’t wear because of my age. I don’t think they expect someone like me to wear jeans and cords, but for me these are the most comfortable clothes – jeans are so practical!
What’s your favourite colour?
I like orange, I like shocking pink, and electric blue – these types of colours always get my attention.
What type of thing grabs your attention in a shop?
I like trainers, but different trainers! The ones I have shine and sparkle and that’s what I like most. I don’t wear them that often, only if I want to draw attention to myself, if I want to be comfortable and different then I put them on. Me, at my age, wearing something like that? Well, that’s how it is!
Have you kept any clothing over the years?
I’ve kept one or two things, but I don’t keep all that much. I’ve kept this catsuit. I don’t know why exactly, I haven’t worn it for over 30 years, but it’s still in the cupboard. Every time I have a clear out, for some reason I can’t let this one go. I was very fond of catsuits at the time, maybe because I’m tall and they suited me.
This is an unusual coat!
This is my Eisteddfod coat. And of course, you have to get a new coat for the Eisteddfod every year! I happened to be in Paris on a rugby weekend and I saw this one in a shop which sold Japanese things and just fell in love straight away. I’m very fond of metallics and I thought this was perfect. I usually wear it with pink plastic shoes!
Will your style change in the future do you think?
I don’t take the thing seriously, but I should be a little wiser! I’m sure I’ll still be in my jeans when I’m a hundred!
- CWPWRDD DILLAD