How do I look?: Kate Sheridan, Designer, age 33

Interview,Charlotte Philby
Saturday 02 August 2008 00:00 BST
(Portrait by Maja Flink)

I like finding stuff that others aren't going to have. I got this dress at a jumble sale in Hackney about eight years ago. It was in a suitcase under a table. I love the unusual fabric, and the dancing sailors run all the way around the bottom. It fitted me perfectly, so I decided it was meant for me. It cost me about 50p.

I buy a lot of stuff from jumble sales and vintage stores. My best friend has a stall on Broadway Market in east London, so I get a lot from her. I like to support designers who I know. I get a lot of stuff from Shop At Maison Bertaux in Soho; my favourite label is Dylan Sakina.

I'm originally from Essex, where there's not a lot of style; people are quite safe. I've always dressed a bit more wildly; I was into jumble sales from the age of seven. I aspire to all things old – I'm sentimental. I like things to have a bit of history.

I don't like being too girly. I'll always go for plimsolls or brogues rather than heels. Brogues are classic, and they can change an entire outfit. Recently girls have started wearing them, so I try to wear mine in my own little way. These are from Trickers, but I got this pair on eBay. They cost £225.

I always wear socks with shoes; socks transform your look. This pair is screen-printed, from a Zakee Shariff print, from They cost £6 in the sale. I got a fringe eight months ago. Usually my hair's long and wavy, but I got bored. I don't wear a lot of make-up, but I always wear red lipstick. My husband's in a band, so I like to dress up when I'm following him from gig to gig.

I love accessories but I prefer shoes and socks to jewellery. Here I'm wearing a gold upside-down deer necklace from Comfort Station; I like that it's irregular. My wedding ring's broken at the moment. It's Art Deco in black onyx and paste diamonds.

I often have more than one bag with me. At the moment I mainly use a leather cuff bag, but this one's better for everyday use. I can fit everything in it, but it's not too big. I hate huge bags; I end up stuffing them full for no reason.

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