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How would you describe your style?
I don’t really know what my style is but I think others do. Some would call it funky, but I don’t think everyone likes it.
People don’t expect a primary school Headteacher to wear a catsuit! Do you like being able to bend the rules?
There are many parents that have come up to me asking if they could speak to the Headteacher. People tend to tell me that they don’t expect a Headteacher to look like me, but I respond by asking them “how should I look?” I’ve had many mothers telling me that their children have gone home telling them what Mrs Davies wore that day or that they dress up at home to look like me. One parent even called me their child’s ‘style icon’!
You wardrobe is full of elegant clothes, where do you wear these?
I’m out somewhere every weekend! I go ballroom dancing with my husband so I need elegant clothes. I have a couple of dresses that wouldn’t look out of place on Strictly Come Dancing I’m sure! But I love this top. I wear it with white trousers because if I wore it with black you wouldn’t see the ribbon detailing. I wore it to the theatre in London last year, and I have to say that I had a few people come up to me asking where I’d bought my outfit and I had to tell them that I bought it from Canasta ladies wear in Britton ferry.
What’s the story behind this lovely dress?
I went to a ball in Swansea where Joan Collins was announcing the winners of the raffle, and of course I won. I went up to claim my prize and she told me, “Oh! Darling, I noticed your dress earlier – I love it!” I also wore this dress on a night out in Puerto Banus, Marbella with my husband. He’d disappeared to go drinking with a Scotsman somewhere, so there I was in Puerto Banus with nothing but a bottle of Bollinger on both sides and not a penny on me to get me back to the hotel. I was walking down the street and saw Peter Stringfellow, and he said, “you’ve got to join us”!
This dress looks very expensive, where did you get it?
I went to Asda in Llanelli one day and as I was walking there I remembered about an article I’d read that compared designer clothes with cheaper versions. So I bought this dress from Adsa for £20. I wore it to a Headteacher meeting and a number of people came up to me to tell me they loved it. When I told them it was £20 from Asda one of them replied, “Yes, but if I bought a £20 dress from Asda, it would look like a £20 dress from Asda!”
How would you like your sons to describe your style?
Geraint, my eldest loves the way I dress. He calls me ‘funky mum’! I remember walking in Swansea with Josh, the youngest and he said to me, “Do you know what mum? I feel very important, it’s like walking down the street with someone famous – you look like a star!” The thing is, I’m happy with my clothes, but I don’t think others are. Nobody tells me I look great, people tend to tell me that I can pull a certain outfit off or that they could never wear what I wear. So in a way they don’t want to wear what I would.
What kind of pleasure do you get from clothes?
One thing that makes me happy is the sound of rustling paper tissue when you’ve bought something new! I then have to find an excuse to wear the new outfit because I’d wear it leaving the shop if I could! I think shopping is a lot like serendipity, when I come across something I like I have to buy it and I know exactly what I like.
How would you feel if someone stole all your clothes?
I went on holiday to a grand hotel in Sicily two years ago. It took me hours to pack everything, the clothes, shoes and accessories to match. When I arrived in Sicily, my suitcase didn’t! I’d packed everything that I loved in the suitcase and the only thing that went through my mind was that I wouldn’t be able to buy everything again. I phoned my friends and they all said, “Typical, it would happen to you of all people, all those lovely clothes!” Clothes are very important to me they’re a part of my personality.
- CWPWRDD DILLAD