On a GAA pitch, Lauren Guilfoyle is a phyiso for the Tipperary Minor Hurling Team. Off it, aside from being a sports broadcaster, Lauren as a keen interest in all things fashion and style as well.
We caught with Lauren at the launch of The Winter Edit and we chatted all things style, from her worst fashion faux pas, to the three items she can’t live without!
When choosing an outfit to wear whether it is for training, a night out or a formal event, what features are important to you?
Comfort is definitely a massive thing for me. If I am not comfortable, I will not enjoy myself. Warmth as well! I get so cold so easily, definitely warmth and comfort would be key for me!
How do you style up your sportswear pieces to look more fashion-led?
Matching colours, or avoiding colours that clash. I try to make it look a bit nicer than practicality, by maybe adding some accessories like a hat.
What are your top styling tips for Irish women?
Make sure the fit is always right. Clothes won’t look as good on you if you are wearing something that is just that little bit too big or small.
Who is your fashion idol and why?
I love Erika Fox who runs Retro Flame. I also love Blake Lively, especially in Gossip Girl. If I could have her wardrobe, I would be delighted. She always looks sensational.
What 3 fashion items do you think every woman should have?
A staple winter coat! A good pair of reliable jeans, and a pair of boots as well. I am very much dressing for the typical Irish climate!
Who influences you when it comes to style?
I like something that is easy to put together. I am not really into patterns, I think it is because I find something like that quite hard to wear again. Whereas, I can get a staple colour top that will go with ten different trousers or skirts.
What has been your worst fashion faux pas?
I think probably the outfit I wore to my confirmation! It was a combination of this ghastly yellow skirt, a cropped denim jacket and a poodle hairstyle. At the time, I tried to play it off that I loved it but I really hated it. I can’t even look at the photos!
Do you think your style – both on and off the pitch – has evolved over the years? How so?
Yes definitely! Off-pitch, it has an evolved into a really simplistic wardrobe. I picked up a couple of staple pieces over the years and I pull them out every season. Then I try and find some on-trend pieces to spruce it up a bit!
If you could have one item in the world that you always wanted, what would it be?
A perfectly fitted black blazer probably! One that doesn’t crease and just fits me perfectly!
What is one trend that you think should never come back in fashion?
What is one trend that you think is timeless?
The little black dress I suppose!
What is one item you can’t live without?
A classic pair of jeans!
What is your favourite trend this season?
I like the capes that are coming back in!
What is your top styling tip?
I think to tuck things in. That might just be a personal thing because obviously, it depends on your body shape! Tailoring is key I think!
How long does it take you to get ready? Depending on the occasion!
Very quickly! I have gotten used to getting changed in a dressing room where there is a time limit so I can kind of do 10 or 15 minutes. If I had 2 hours though, I would fill it!
Do you think the worlds of GAA and fashion mix well?
I think they mix well for different reasons. It allows people to express themselves off the pitch. On the pitch, there is a lot of uniformity. You can express yourself in the way you play. Off the pitch, you can actually do that visually through what you are wearing.