Guest Editor: Sarah Waldron

Guest Editor: Sarah Waldron


She of stellar Irish blog The Licentiate and contributor to many high profile Irish publications, Corkonian Sarah Waldron is What She Wears’ Guest Editor for the month of May. Leading us into the summer months with insider tips on vintage shopping in Cork and her take on the overriding need fabulous shoes bring out in every woman, Sarah Waldron’s Guest Edit is a treat to behold.

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

I’m a simple girl in terms of my wardrobe so I’ll be making the most of the monochrome trend. I’ll be wearing a crisp white COS shirt with skinny leather trousers – the leather helps you to not be mistaken for a waiter (which has happened to me before) – and a pile of statement jewellery. I also love Op-Art inspired geometric prints like the above dress from ASOS. If the print is busy, the rest of the outfit can be kept relatively unfussy.

Favourite indigenous shop in Ireland

Miss Daisy Blue is a vintage shop in The English Market in Cork City. With salvaged interiors, the shop itself is lovely. The stock is great and what the manager Breda doesn’t know about vintage isn’t worth knowing. They also have an excellent range of vintage costume jewellery.

Favourite Shop (clothing or otherwise) in another country

Uniqlo is the one high-street store that can break my heart. Its basics are fantastically made and the best part is that they’re not available in Ireland! Every time I go there I end up with a huge pile of their Heat-Tech tops and skinny jeans (some Uniqlo branches do free in-store alterations and I have very stubby legs).

Go-to piece in your wardrobe

My go-to piece is most definitely a pair of black Kurt Geiger ankle boots that can be worn everywhere with absolutely everything. They look incredibly battered and knackered – just the way I like them.


If we’re indulging in a bit of harmless retail fantasy, the Valentino Rockstud shoe would be quite nice to own. It’s a weird mix of ladylike (kitten heel, T-bars) and kick-ass (all those studs).


It’s difficult to go out nowadays with a clutch bag without fearing that you’ll be mugged so I’ve been buying bags that have wrist straps and doing everything possible to keep it next to me bar super-gluing the leather to my skin. Penneys have an Alexander Wang-alike studded black envelope clutch with such a wrist attachment in store for only nine euro. With that, if we do get mugged, at least the bag will be easy to replace!


Even if I go out without make-up, wearing biker boots and a scrappy men’s jumper, I never forget to dab on some Chanel No 5. Some people can’t leave the house without lipstick, or perfect eyebrows, but I’m definitely one for scent. I also like Viktor and Rolf’s Flowerbomb, which is a bit of a love-it-or-hate-it scent.

Beauty Salon & Treatment you get there

I’m not a salon person and prefer to do as much as I can at home. I have however heard amazing things about Wexford-based facialist, Mariga Sheedy, whose no-nonsense, pragmatic approach to skincare yields great results (I’ve seen a friend emerge from her salon glowing – literally).

Best Bargain Buy

A pair of earrings, a cuff and a pendant from a Merle O’Grady sample sale which would have cost me four times as much at the original RRP.

Biggest splurge

My first year in university in Dublin I lived on Lidl Scotch Broth for a month so I could buy a pair of black Terry de Havilland wedges – which I still wear – although I can’t help but think of Scotch Broth every time I put them on. More recently, I lived on beans while saving up for a pair of Nicholas Kirkwood x Erdem shoes, which I cannot walk in.

3 words to describe your personal style

Tailored, eccentric and scruffy!

Fashion pet hate

Peplums! It is so hard to find a good, structured peplum – the ones on the high street look so sad and droopy. I also hate catch-all words like ‘ethnic’ that never actually mean what they’re supposed to mean and can be borderline (or actually) offensive.

Fashion gadget

The Bloglovin’ app for the iPhone aggregates the content of blogs you read into one place, so it’s a ready source of inspiration and entertainment on the go.

Top style tip

You can wear anything if you wear it with confidence – but make sure it fits properly.

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

Probably living on beans to buy a pair of shoes that I can’t actually wear – which I’ll most likely do again!

Follow Sarah on Twitter and on Instagram @the_licentiate. Read her in-depth musings on all things fashion and pop culture here.

– Meghan Costelloe

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