Style Staring: Sian O’Carroll

September 7, 2011

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Style Staring: Sian O’Carroll

Sian O’Carroll of Avant Style is 20, from Dublin and studies history; though she hopes to go on to study Fashion Journalism.  Her adorable blog is a perfect reflection of her equally as endearing sense of style.

Sian dresses like a modern-day Jean Seburg and seeks style inspiration from anywhere and everywhere.

Today we get to take a peep at some of Sian’s favourite outfits as she tells us all about her favourite shops, style icons and even her prize brand of toothpaste…

How would you describe your personal style?

I think the word I use most often to describe my style is ‘cute.’ I like my clothes to almost look childish – little dresses, collars, shorts and socks. I also like to have boyish touches to most of my outfits too.

What are your favorite current trends, why do you like them and how are you wearing them?

I do like the androgynous trends that are emerging right now, although to be honest I’m not hugely into wearing ‘trends’ as such, I’d rather dress in my own style. If a little bit of a trend filters into that, that’s fine.

Who are some of your style icons and why?

M.I.A. is definitely one of my biggest icons, although I don’t exactly dress like her. I just love her whole aesthetic. Jean Seberg was always amazingly dressed too, I was always so envious of how she could pull off the ‘gamine’ look so well.

Is there anything else that inspires your style?

I get inspiration from everywhere – from children’s outfits in 1950s and 1960s films, to the stripes in Aquafresh toothpaste. I try to keep my eyes open to everything and take it all in.

Name one go-to piece in your wardrobe and tell us why you love it?

I’d probably pick my Breton striped top with ¾ length sleeves, it just seems to work in every situation and it’s so comfortable.

What are your favorite places to shop in Dublin?

Topshop (although it’s horrendously overpriced), Penneys, New Look, Urban Outfitters, for vintage I like 9 Crow Street, and for second-hand stuff Ritzy Rags is great.  I’m a huge fan of Asos too!

Are there any ‘hidden gems’ that you like to shop in in Dublin?

I recently came across a vintage shop called Monto, that has apparently been there for ages but I hadn’t noticed. I’m quite excited about that, they had some fantastically weird stuff and more Levis than you could imagine.

What are your favorite fashion websites/blogs?

My favourite blogs to read would be The Man Repeller, Chicmuse, Hanneli, and for Irish street style, Stitches, Fabric and Soul. Style.com is great for following fashion weeks, and Lookbook can be handy for quick inspiration.

Fashion bloggers seem to have an endless supply of clothes, what’s your best tip for budget shopping to expand your wardrobe?

I look for bargains everywhere. Asos has an amazing sale with free delivery, and Penneys always has something pretty for a few euro. I usually check sale rails first thing when I go into a shop.  That said, I do spend 80% of my spare money on clothes, it’s an addiction.

Do you have any fashion pet hates?

Definitely. I hate over-accessorising, I think it can ruin a nice outfit. I hate anything too matchy as well. And it’s never, ever good to have too much flesh on show, or not be able to walk in your shoes.

And now to what Sian is wearing:

Left to right, Outfit 1, 2 and 3 are pictured in the main image.

Outfit 1:

Shirt – Penneys
Dungarees – Topshop

Outfit 2:

Shirt, belt – Penneys
Skirt – DIY
Outfit 3:

Shirt – American Apparel
Cardigan – Oasis
Belt – vintage
Shorts – DIY BDG @ Urban Outfitters


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