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How would you describe your style?
I don’t think that I have a specific style. I rarely pay full price for clothes. I think I enjoy finding a bargain more than the actual clothes!
Are there any rules you have to follow regarding your work clothes?
I’m probably what you would call a lobbist, and I often go to the Assembly and Parliament. I meet with Ministers, Assembly Members and Members of Parliament, and so I’m expected to look the part and dress smartly in a suit. On the weekend I tend to wear jeans, brogues and a jacket or blazer.
Where do you shop?
I go to places like McArthur Glen and I’m a fan of T.K.Maxx because the sell good quality clothes for less. I’m still a fan of Marks and Spencer’s but I tend to wait for the sale.
Why do you own so many ties?
A lot of them mean different things to me, but I buy a lot of them simply because I like the colour. I bought this red and yellow tie from TieRack, and without knowing anything at the time, someone asked me if they could borrow it for a fancy dress party because it’s exactly the same as the one Harry Potter has! My favorite tie is my Pontypridd Grammar School Ex-Pupil’s Society. It’s the same colours as the University of Wales tie but a slightly different pattern, but it goes with everything.
You have a lot of ties with logos, are you a member of a lot of societies?
I’m not a member of many societies. I have one tie that’s from Kellogg College, Oxford, because I stayed there one night and they sell these to raise money. There is a long connection between Wales and Jesus College, but I only have the college tie because it’s green and I don’t own many green ties!
Why do you have so many shirts?
I’m sure I have hundreds by now. These days I look for those all important words – ‘Non Iron’. I’m a big fan of stripes. When I bought this I was only after the one shirt, but they were a bargain, they’re all Yves Saint Laurent, ‘non iron’ of course and I saw them in T.K.Maxx, they were reduced from £49 to £7, so I bought every single one in my size! I think I have about eight or nine, all in different colours. So, it’s the bargains that are important to me, not the clothes.
What’s the story behind this jacket?
I bought this in a second hand shop. It’s by Cavali but I’m not usually a label freak. The price tag is still in the pocket, £125, and that was second hand!
Do you think that you have too many clothes?
I don’t think I have a problem! I admit that I have a lot of shirts, but I think that just proves I’m like a little squirrel and hoard things. When I get a proper wardrobe I’ll have to be ruthless and then Oxfam will have a field day!
- CWPWRDD DILLAD