Guest Editor: Alison McGilligan

March 4, 2013

Ask The Stylist

Guest Editor: Alison McGilligan


Resident stylist with VIP magazine and freelancer for many a major fashion publication all over Ireland, Alison McGilligan steps up to the plate as What She Wears’ Guest Editor for March.

Spring Summer ‘13 trends and how you’ll be wearing them

This Spring Summer I’ll be channelling monochrome. I love the clean lines and versatility of this trend – it looks sharp and tailored. If the look is too much for you, try combining a classic black jacket with white accessories to make a bold statement.

Favourite indigenous shop in Ireland

Project 51 is the perfect spot to pick up unusual hand-made Irish designer headpieces, clothes, jewellery and much more.

Favourite Shop (clothing or otherwise) in another country

I have been obsessing lately over the website Atterley Road. It has incredible designer goodies for up to 70% off – well worth a visit!

Go-to piece in your wardrobe

Either my Chloé handbag which was given to me as a gift a couple of Christmases ago, or a recent purchase, my cosy geo-print cardigan from Rocha by John Rocha at Debenhams – I am never out of it!


I love Dune for everyday flat boots while running around town, prepping for photo shoots. Sky high heels for night-time, preferably something with an unusual detail or pattern.


For everyday handbags I love Karen Millen and River Island, they carry great on-trend pieces. My lust-have bag would be a Pauric Sweeney python print Overnight Bag as I’m obsessed. I have quite a big collection of high street and designer handbags which I love mixing and matching with different outfits.


I wear Acqua di Parma Capri during the day and Hermés Un Jardin Sur le Toit at night. Both scents are quite citrusy and fresh – they give a real spirit lift.

Best Bargain buy

A brown leather jacket bought in a vintage store in Paris for €25. A steal…

Biggest splurge

A handbag, it was very pricey! Enough said.

3 words to describe your personal style

Classic, colourful and chic

Fashion pet hate

Small girls in 5″ platform shoes – they shorten their legs rather than lengthen them!

Fashion gadget

It has to be my iPad, I really can’t live without it. It’s the perfect accessory on a photo shoot for sharing ideas with the team.

Top style tip

The age-old rule, ‘Dress for your shape rather than following trends’.

Most insane thing you’ve ever done for your love of fashion or beauty

I was on a photoshoot with a very high profile celebrity, who had forgotten her nude bra. So, I whipped the one I had off and lent in to her for the shot!

Find Alison on Twitter @Alison_Stylist

– Meghan Costelloe

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