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So do we really think Northern women have no sense of style?

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Charliefox Thu 18-Apr-13 12:44:25

I'm at home at the mo, so caught a bit of This Morning. Journo on there spouting forth that she thinks all Northern women lack the ability to dress well. She defined the north as just above Birmingham and beyond. And added that Essex was a little enclave! For what it's worth, I think it's total tosh. I see both crimes of fashion and really stylish women all over the country. North/South divide - what do you think?

santamarianovella Thu 18-Apr-13 17:44:37

i agree with amber,she buys the most coveted clothes ,bags,and shoes,but somehow they look so wrong. it just emphasis her problem areas.
we all have bad parts,and we all have clothes that does not suit us,so yes know your limits.
i would certainly hire a stylist if i were her,one of those big hollywood ones,

foxysocks Thu 18-Apr-13 17:38:30

i don't think you can generalize. however, i grew up in a northern city and found it very hard to find any sense of style. it was topshop, miss selfridge or river island. very mainstream, nothing really outside the box.

i then went to uni in liverpool - omfg, the sights we saw rotfl.

it wasn't until a stint in london, edinburgh and a year or so of travelling that I started to get more style savvy and start to make better choices. whereas the londoners I am friends with had all that on their doorsteps from the get go. i def think choices were more limited up north, and anything outside their specific sphere or experience was commented on and noses turned up at, for sure.

where i live now is a total mish mash of boden mummies, higher boutique-y fashion and real charity/recycled clothing/hippy enclaves.

OneLittleLady Thu 18-Apr-13 17:31:25

There's terrible dress sense to be found wherever you go, I think there's just certain places where it's 'expected' so people are more likely to notice it. Style is totally subjective and I think there are things that just don't translate very well between the north and the south. In very general terms, there seems to be more financial fluidity further south so a lot people equate designer and money spent with style whereas in some areas of the north, you just don't get that same level of designer name dropping. Obviously, there are places even in the north where designer is all you see but I really don't think money can buy you style, no matter where you are from. It's something you either have or you don't.

Charliefox Thu 18-Apr-13 17:28:16

Really? I think she looks lovely. She's short and curvy and looks fab! She does sometimes wear some howlers, I grant you!

AmberNectarine Thu 18-Apr-13 17:23:26


Coleen dresses terribly for her body shape. Know your limits.

AmberNectarine Thu 18-Apr-13 17:22:37

Is for cretin, like me.


AmberNectarine Thu 18-Apr-13 17:22:16


Allthingspretty Thu 18-Apr-13 17:09:12

I think any difference im dress is down to different versions of what it means to to dress well and so you cant generalise.

awaynboilyurheid Thu 18-Apr-13 16:39:19

You only have to look at Sam Cam to see that southerners can get it very very wrong too and a rich posh one

Charliefox Thu 18-Apr-13 16:29:21

I think coleen and alex look great - subtle (ish) and pared down.

santamarianovella Thu 18-Apr-13 15:37:00

its not fair to generalize,but i think that Aintree is to blame .
and i dont want to sound mean,but Coleen just gets it wrong all the time.
ALEX G, is pretty but shes got so much going on :hair,tan,lashes,and she wear a lot of fur and leather,she will look much better if she takes it down a notch.

fridgepants Thu 18-Apr-13 15:24:24

I grew up in a small Northern town where 90% of people wear sportswear daily. I didn't get into the habit of wearing dresses or skirts until years after I left home as anyone who deviated from this was goggled at. The only shoe shops there up until I left home were K Shoes, JJB Sports and market stalls which sold very high, very plastic heels. Going out involved very short dresses and a lot of make-up - there are places in any town or city where you'll find Scouse brows and TOWIE tans, but that was pretty much the only nightlife available.

However, when you get to bigger, less insular places, then there's as much variation in style as there is in London. Some people can carry off that faux-queen look really well, and as a teenager 'fit girls' generally fitted that look. It never worked for or appealed to me, so I didn't have much fun on nights out until I left for more interesting parts...

ChasingStaplers Thu 18-Apr-13 15:07:37

I am a southerner living in a small town up north and in the worst dressed here!

SPsYoniTheOneAndOnly Thu 18-Apr-13 15:06:42

Oi leave Leeds out of it! We aren't all that bad, dont judge us on a sample on a night out! grin

ChasingStaplers Thu 18-Apr-13 15:05:29

You're not wrong about Leeds. I used to live there and I looked stylish by comparison!

Branleuse Thu 18-Apr-13 15:01:00

I thought it was bollocks until i actually went for a night out in Leeds.

not my cup of tea, but obviously theyre not all gonna be like that

SofaCanary Thu 18-Apr-13 14:50:24

There's an awful lot more women in the North who favour the overdone, drag queen look, understated elegance is commonly regarded as not making an effort.

Huge generalisation obviously but yeah, I can see where the journo was coming from. I am from oop North myself but am not one of the pantomime dame variety grin

CeeceeBloomingdale Thu 18-Apr-13 14:25:42

I think trends take more time to reach the north and on the whole the school run is more women wearing functional coats and boots than the 'yummy mummy' brigade where I live but I see plenty of stylish people. Contrary to popular belief people in Newcastle do wear coats lol

worldgonecrazy Thu 18-Apr-13 14:10:50

The only place I've seen young women with hair rollers in whilst shopping on a Saturday afternoon is Liverpool. There were a lot of stereotypical fake tan, false eyelash etc. women wandering the streets. I do think that stereotype can be seen throughout Great Britain, but seems more concentrated in Essex, Liverpool and Newcastle.

Charliefox Thu 18-Apr-13 13:13:45

There was a girl on from Liverpool who personified that 'look' Amber, who was defending the North position but she struggled to get a word in edgeways from the journo

Mamafratelli Thu 18-Apr-13 13:07:04

There is a penchant for very dressy outfits even during the day though. My dd's nursery teacher has been known to rock up to work in false eyelashes, orange make up and a little dress shock whilst one of the teaching assistants often wears skintight stonewashed jeggings.

Overall though most people seem to make an effort to look stylish even though most get it very wrong

AmberNectarine Thu 18-Apr-13 12:53:54

I wouldn't be that generalistic, but I would say that the standard Liverpuddlian 'look' (big hair, tan, short bodycon dresses, vertiginous heels) we see every year at Aintree isn't for me and probably propagates the idea that Northern women lack style. See also Desperate Scousewives, Geordie Shore, Coleen Rooney. That said we have the delight that is TOWIE so I suppose it evens out!

IThinkOfHappyWhenIThinkOfYou Thu 18-Apr-13 12:51:18

It's just a way to be sneery about people with different cultural norms. Not having the same taste is different from having no taste. I think Good taste is respecting good people, others think it's a camel coat, others earrings that tap tap on your collar bone.

ItsintheBag Thu 18-Apr-13 12:50:13

God it wasn't Samantha Brick was it hmm

Load of nonsense,I live in the south and there are plenty of fashion misfits here too.

the DM are always at this,they don't show many "fashion" misses at Ascot, but pages of them when the National is on at Aintree.

TallGiraffe Thu 18-Apr-13 12:49:51

I have no style, well apart from rocking the baby puke look, but thar's got sod all to do with being Northern! More to do with lack of sleep grin

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