Aysha Bhimji | 22 | Assistant Property Surveyor
I’ve known my girl Aysha for 3 years now, we’ve remained close friends since meeting at University in our second year where we bonded over both our love of pulling all nighters and for bed ridden weekends of film marathons. Aysha’s style has always been one that I’ve admired, always managing to combine effortlessly cool with totally polished- something I’ve never quite mastered due to my messy afro mop and slightly more tomboyish ways. So for the above reasons, Aysha is the first feature of what I’m calling a ‘style snippet’ to give you a glimpse of her wardrobe and personal style with some insight into how she puts outfits together and what her favourite items are of right now.
Coat: Topshop | Boots: Zara | Bag: Osprey, London | Top & Skirt: American Apparel
Favourite designers/places to shop?
For work, probably, Zara. Recently I’ve been really favouring American Apparel as well, but I do think there’s only so much you can buy from there because it’s all very similar. Their styles do not really change but it’s great for basics as it’s all so simplistic which is what I love. It’s hard to think, I actually don’t think there’s that many great shops that stand out to me right now. I used to shop on ASOS a lot but now the site is way to big and there is too much choice.
Jacket: Zara | Jeans: Topshop | T-Shirt: Zara | Bag: Louis Vuitton | Boots: Dr.Martens
What do you find yourself incorporating into your day to day look?
To be honest, these days I always stick with the same kind of outfits, so jeans and a t-shirt. I try not to go too fancy, just keep it simple and something I feel comfortable in. I like to pair ‘boyish’ items with something girly. I remember reading once in a magazine they said for every one girly thing you should wear it with two things boyish – but for me that can get a little tomboy like so, one on one is good. My friend, Emma, is one of the people who most influences my style for this reason – she’ll always wear really baggy jeans and a barely there crop top. I’ve stopped following lots of fashion accounts on Instagram now, I feel it’s important to understand what works for others may not work for you, so it’s best to avoid copying and wear what you feel comfortable in.
Favourite item right now?
This new pair of jeans I got from Topshop, they’re ripped down the front and fit really well – not too high-waisted and just sit on my midriff. I have such a problem with jeans – because I’m so short – I usually find that with Topshop Petite Jeans they can sometimes be like ankle bashers, making you look shorter than you are but feel like I found a great pair in these.
Top: Ann Summers | Skirt: Zara Trf | Shoes: Office | Bag: Tkmaxx
What’s your preference in what to wear on a night out?
I have this thing, I go through transitions in what I like to wear. The outfit we shot just now, I really like that because it’s sexy but understated – the fact it hangs loosely just avoids it looking too tartish. What I don’t like are the tight little numbers and tiny crop tops, that’s something I’m trying to get away from as I don’t think that’s stylish at all.
I used to be very much into my heels as I was always very conscious of my height but now I’m really loving flats. I love my Dr.Martens and have recently been thinking about Timberlands but feel they may be too clumpy. The maroon buckle heels I have on in this shoot are great but now I really try to stick to black. I really enjoy wearing black and white as it’s so easy to pull outfits together and get away with wearing repeat things on repeat!