Top 4 Northern Irish Fashion Inspirations
June 28, 2017 Amy Pollock 0 Comments
If you’re an avid blog follower (and let’s be real – who isn’t in this day and age?), you’ll know all the big names for sure (queue Megan Ellaby at pagesbymegan.com, Amy Bell from thelittlemagpie.com, Olivia Purvis from whatoliviadid.com etc.) who are taking our blogosphere by storm.
But how many Northern Irish fashion bloggers can you name off by heart? Where do you go for local inspiration? We all love to embrace our personal, unique culture – and being from Northern Ireland, there’s something special about that connection, that sense of pride – especially when it is expressed through artistic means, such as fashion.
So, if you’re looking for that connection that we seem to find so easily with bloggers who aren’t even from where we’re from – look no further, as we’ve found your new local fashion heroes.
Rebecca McKinney (Instagram: rebecca_mckinney1/www.rebeccamckinney.co.uk)
If you like anything that’s classy, clean and colour-blocked– then Rebecca McKinney’s your girl.
She’s best known for presenting the Cool FM Breakfast Show alongside Pete Snodden and Paulo Ross – often causing her impressive back catalogue of fashion work to be overlooked.
Before Cool FM, the law-student-turned-fashion-expert spent three years as the lead fashion stylist at Victoria Square, and as a result has worked with some of the biggest brands in fashion including: Marks & Spencer, Ted Baker, House of Fraser, LK Bennett and Hobbs.
Hauling over 18,000 followers on Instagram, the Belfast Fashion Week and The Style Edit presenter’s private page features an attractive array of candid shots, mirror selfies and on-the-job snaps of her looking fabulous. She never plays safe when it comes to fashion, meaning every outfit post is guaranteed to be a pleasant surprise featuring her own outside-the-box spin (plus there’s some great Belfast back-drops!). Oh, and whether it’s 5 o’clock in the morning or at a Belsonic festival night – you’ll hardly ever see her in flats. Trust me, this girl gives the word ‘classy’ a whole new standard.
Kathryn O’Brien (Instagram: kathrynskatwalk/www.kathrynskatwalk.com)
Kathryn O’Brien is an English Literature student at Queen’s University.
But in her spare time, she maintains her blog Kathryn’s Katwalk, with a site and Instagram filled with cute, flirty, feminine outfits that are usually shot on the streets of Belfast – what’s not to love?
Also in her spare time, she is a bridal stylist and a professional model – so it really is no surprise that she loves to inject a bit of glitz and glamour into her outfits posts. If you’re looking to take your daytime outfit up a notch – Kathryn is a great inspiration for that. Although her blog may be a little quiet, now that her studies are over she has recently started uploading more regularly to her Instagram page, which has almost 3,000 followers.
Leah McFall (Instagram: leahmcfallmusic/www.leahmcfall.com)
Although not a blogger, but famously known for being runner-up on The Voice UK in 2013 – it’s not just Leah McFall’s boundless vocal chords that speak volumes to people.
On her Instagram description, she writes that she: ‘Sings weird, dresses like a grandpa and looks like a furby’ – and we couldn’t love her more for it! If you’re one of her 65,000 Instagram followers, then you’ll have noticed her effortless mod-like style when she was travelling across the UK for her independent INK tour.
When on the road and onstage, she perfectly mixed soft, pastel colours with oversized yet structured shapes and sportswear t-shirts – team that with her curly blonde locks and signature red lipstick and you instantly know what she’s all about. Edgy retro dressing with a revolutionary voice.
Gemma-Louise Bond (Instagram: thatbelfastgirl/www.thatbelfastgirl.com)
That Belfast Girl is the probably the chief blogger of Northern Irish fashion, beauty, events, culture and everything in between. With her site covering practically all areas of lifestyle, she has previously been nominated ‘Blogger of the Year’ at the 2014 CIPR NI Media Awards and was a finalist for the ‘Best Beauty Blog’ at the Blog Awards Ireland 2014.
Gemma-Louise who runs the site has also worked with big names such as Marks and Spencer, House of Fraser, Urban Decay, Jason Shankey Hairdressing, The MAC, Victoria Square and Castlecourt Shopping Centre (to name merely a few) on different posts and projects.
Because of the diversity of her posts – there’s no way you’ll be bored scrolling through her page as there’s always something to suit any Northern Irish lifestyle lover. Her fashion posts also chop and change, as she experiments with feminine floral pattern clashing to a classic monochrome look with a bold lip. Plus, you can always count on her to have an eye-catching back-drop.
Top 3 Northern Irish Fashion Bloggers
Although Northern Ireland is a small place, and the fashion market will forever be a crammed place – there’s still so much to be explored in the virtual world. Give these girls a follow to find that local, inspirational fix you never knew you needed.