Megan Ellaby’s Style Secrets

Manchester’s favourite fashion blogger Megan Ellaby spills her style secrets.

 

What makes you proud to be a Mancunian?

It’s where I’m born and bred, my family are all from here and we’ve all just stuck around so I’m very proud of being from Manchester.

Is there anything that you love in particular about the city?

I love its individuality; each area of Manchester is very different, like the architecture. One minute you’ve got the grimy, rough and ready parts of Northern Quarter, then you just go down the road and there’s the most beautiful architecture ever by Gotham and the library and the town hall. But then of course, I love the music scene, I’m very proud of that.

Isabel Marant Eloise Embellished Denim Jacket, Bow-Embellished Lamè Dress by Dolce & Gabbana

 

What Manchester music are you a fan of?

I love Oasis; I was brought up on listening to them. I’m very in to The Smiths. The Courteeners, there’s something about them that makes me really proud to be from Manchester because of their pride too.

What is your ideal chilled Sunday in Manchester?

It would be revolving around food, always. Probably brunch at Federal in the Northern Quarter, ideally the Makers Market will be on in Stevenson Square too.

Pinko Floral Georgette Maxi, Balmain Dogtooth Cardigan, Alexander McQueen Rivet Ankle Boots from Harvey Nichols

 

Where do you and your boyfriend George go on date nights?

George and I had our first date at Hawksmoor, so that tends to be our go-to for special date nights. We like to do a bit of a bar crawl around the Northern Quarter, ending up in Jimmy’s, of course.

What’s the best part of your job?

I love being my own boss and being able to decide what I do on a daily basis. I love the creativity that comes with the job and that it’s different all the time. Creating a career through a hobby is just a dream come true.

Gucci Panther Blouse, Gucci Tiger Face Skirt, Victoria Beckham Velvet Coat from Flannels; Alexander McQueen Rivet Ankle Boots from Harvey Nichols

 

Do you think there are any misconceptions that people have about bloggers?

I think people are definitely getting better and more understanding about it all. A few old-school men just think I shop for a living, which is fine. A lot of people just think you take pictures of yourself all the time but there is a lot of behind-the-scenes that people don’t see and don’t expect about running a blog as a business.

What are some of the most important things that being self-employed have taught you?

To be motivated and driven every day because I work from my dining room table at home so the distractions are there. It’s taught me a lot about grown-up things like accounting and boring stuff like that that I had no clue about. It’s also taught me to just be myself and that you can’t fake it. There’s so many other people doing what I’m doing that the only person I can be is me and it’s working, so that’s good!

Gucci Silk Midi Skirt, Dolce & Gabbana Bouquet Blouse from Flannels, Sophia Webster Lilico Floral-embellished Velvet Sandals from Harvey Nichols

 

Is being your own boss a challenge?

In part. You do have to be strict but I wouldn’t have it any other way, really. I’ve been doing it full-time for two years and [before that] I balanced it between a full-time job as a stylist for ASOS and my blog so that was harder. Now, I feel like it’s levelled out and I’ve got my sh*t together.

What style rules do you live by?

I don’t believe in rules, as long as you feel great then it doesn’t matter. You’ve just got to dress for yourself and let it out. Be one person one day and another person the next, like a persona depending on the mood, or the weather – in Manchester, it’s normally based on the weather.

Free People Blue Fur Coat, Balmain Tiger T-Shirt, Isabel Marant Skirt

 

What are some pieces that you’re loving this season?

Anything corduroy. I’m obsessed with corduroy right now, it’s becoming a bit of a problem. Colourful faux fur jackets I’ve always had a bit of a thing for but, again, that became a problem [laughs]. They’re so big I can’t fit anymore in my wardrobe! I love the whole 70s trend; I’m so glad that’s sticking around for another season because that’s definitely something I’m very inspired by.

Do you have a go-to Christmas party, New Years Eve, look?

I like a good two-piece suit. That’s when I feel the sexiest and the most powerful, being completely covered up. There’s something very structured and tailored and very stereotypically masculine [about the suit], and the chances of someone else rocking it are quite slim.

Gucci Navy Embroidered Cashmere Blend Jumper, Dolce & Gabanna Floral-jaquard Mini Skirt, Aquazzura Powder Puff Flat Shoes from Harvey Nichols

 

What are your cant-live-without pieces?

A leather jacket and a biker jacket – I couldn’t live without that! Some form of black ankle boot. I love a straight-legged blue jean with a ripped hem at the minute; I’m wearing them all the time. I love a cheeky slogan t-shirt, and probably a faux fur jacket because you can wear absolutely anything underneath. A jacket just does all the talking.

What item of clothing would rid the world of if you could?

I’m a big believer in ‘each to their own’; I don’t judge anyone by what they’re wearing but there’s one thing that I just have never personally got on board with and I just really don’t understand – and that’s because I’m not a very sexy person – and that’s bodycon dresses. I just don’t get it.

Gucci Navy Embroidered Cashmere Blend Jumper, Dolce & Gabanna Floral-jaquard Mini Skirt, Aquazzura Powder Puff Flat Shoes from Harvey Nichols

 

If you got the chance to raid the wardrobe of one famous person, living or dead, who would it be?

David Bowie. Probably his costume wardrobe more than anything. You can just imagine there’s going to be star print, metallics, platform boots – everything that I love.

Do you have any favourite brands at the moment?

I’m always a high street girl, so I love Topshop. For winter, I’m really loving Chinti & Parker, I know that’s not high street but they do amazing quite quirky, novelty cashmere pieces. I love everything that Gucci is doing in this new direction. I guess ASOS never really get it wrong. ASOS and Topshop for the high street for sure, then Gucci!

Pinko Jacquard Fabric Skirt with Baroque Motif, Alexander McQueen Rivet Ankle Boot, Pinko Twill Top with Nautical Scarf Print from Harvey Nichols; jumper is stylist’s own

 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

My mum has always said, ‘Never let anyone dull your sparkle’. It’s hard to live by but it’s a good one to try and remember.

If you had to be on a game show or a reality TV show, what would it be?

‘The Chase’, I’d be mint at ‘The Chase’! Reality TV I’d be terrible at. I wouldn’t be able to eat anything on ‘I’m a Celebrity [Get Me Out Of Here]. I can’t sing so I can’t go on ‘X-Factor’. ‘Love Island’ makes me hurl and I’m not that interested in ‘Big Brother’. I’m not that good at dancing but I would do ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

Gucci Contrast Sleeve Knitted Jumper, Gucci Chain Print Pleated Skirt from Flannels

 

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?

I like it when people say I’ve got a dirty sense of humour because it’s quite a Manc thing, so when people from down South go ‘Oh God, you’ve got a dirty sense of humour’, or ‘a dirty laugh’, I like that.

What are your hair care tips?

Lee [Nunn] from Vidal Sassoon in town cuts it and he’s amazing. Grace [X] does the colour. I never blow dry it, I always sleep with it wet, that’s probably not a good tip but that’s what I do! I wriggle it with a curling iron – well I try! I use loads of texturizing spray and hairspray until I get somewhere with it.

 

Gucci Silk Midi Skirt, Dolce & Gabbana Bouquet Blouse from Flannels, Sophia Webster Lilico Floral-embellished Velvet Sandals from Harvey Nichols

 

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions or goals for next year?

I’m moving into a house! Me and George have got our own house in Prestwich – near my family – and we’re moving in November. So yeah, it’s just making it a home. It’s our first house so it’s nothing ridiculous but I’m just very proud to have my own property so I guess that’s going to be a big one for the early part of next year. I’m well excited! We bought an orange velvet sofa, which is bold, but I love it. We’re currently trying to get the retro contemporary vibe balanced, so it’s not like a time warp, but I do love 70s furniture.

Have you got anywhere that you have to travel to next year?

There’s loads! I really want to go to San Francisco and New Orleans; they’re the top two. San Fran, it’s always been somewhere that I’ve been intrigued by and really wanted to visit. And New Orleans just for the whole music scene. I recently watched a documentary about New Orleans and the whole music scene over there so I’m just itching to go. And then I’d love to go to Iceland to see the northern lights.

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Photography: Karl Collins | @karlcollins1

Creative Director: Oliver Lilley

Stylist: Steven Spencer | wrappagency.com stevenspencerstyling.com

Makeup & Hair: Louise McCann | louisemccann.com

Model: Megan Ellaby | meganellaby.com

Location: FiveFour Studios | fivefourstudios.com

WriterBethany Lee

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