Style Staring: Leanne Woodfull
Leanne Woodfull set up her blog, Thunder+Threads in October 2009. What began as an exclusively fashion orientated blog has now expanded to include beauty reviews, video posts and general musings on everyday life.
Leanne’s sense of style is not that of your typical teenager - by her own description "think Wednesday Adams dressing up as Dita Von Teese with a dash of Sid Vicious for good measure" - but despite it’s against the norm aesthetics, Leanne’s style recently received the ultimate compliment when she won an Asos.com Street Style competition out of almost 1,000 bloggers.
Read on to discover more about her Asos accolade and find out her formula for award-winning style is.
1. You recently won a Street Style competition with Asos, could you tell me a little more about that?
I did indeed, yes! Well, I entered the competition ages ago and submitted a photo of me from London Fashion Week back in February. It was a competition for fashion bloggers to enter, submitting a photo of their best street style outfit. I was chosen as one of the final ten, out of just under a thousand people – I was so flattered! Over the course of a week, I had to get people to vote for me to win the competition. Subsequently, I won! I’m going to be featured on the ASOS website, along with receiving an amazing £500 ASOS voucher! It’s a dream come true.
2. What inspires your look?
The world around me! As cliché as it sounds, I can get inspired from everything and anything. It could be a painting, street style blogs, a movie, music, someone walking down the street, colour swatches, interior design...anything! I'm also really interested in history so I look to eras gone by like the Victorian era for inspiration.
3. How would you describe Ireland’s overall sense of style to someone from another country?
I think Ireland, fashion-wise, is definitely growing and evolving. I think we’ve been stuck in a bubble for far too long when it comes to fashion, people were scared to step outside of the box and played it “safe” far too much. We’re such a creative country, I think we could really push the fashion world and get our name up on the fashion capital list. As I said previously, I do think we’re improving though. My generation especially, are really breaking boundaries. It’s refreshing to see! I personally think Japanese people have the best style, hands down. I get so much inspiration from Japanese street style blogs.
4. Which blogs do you read regularly?
I love Style Bubble, Style Rookie and Bip Ling for fashion inspo and info. Beauty blog wise, I love Beaut.ie, Temptalia and PixiWoo.
5. Is there anything you would never wear and why?
Polo-necks, the colour brown, square-toed shoes..the list goes on and on! Over the years, I’ve just really learnt what I like and dislike. What suits me, what doesn’t suit me. I know instantly by looking at something in a shop, if it’ll suit me or not. I’m only 5’2, so I always avoid pieces of clothing that’ll make me look like a stump!
6. What are your favourite current trends, why do you like them and how are you wearing them?
I’m really love print at the moment. I think Mary Katrantzou is the perfect example of someone who stepped outside of the box and followed her instincts. Penneys are doing amazing Katrantzou rip-offs! I also love the neon trend, but I think I’ll be keeping it to beauty by wearing a bright pink lip or luminous yellow nails.
7. Where are your favourite places to shop in Ireland?
Penneys, of course! I also love Topshop, American Apparel, Zara, H&M and random vintage boutiques scattered around George’s St. Aracade in Dublin.
8. What is the most expensive thing you’ve ever bought?
The most expensive thing I’ve bought, is definitely a bright yellow leopard-print Sister by Sibling cardigan. I got it on sale on Topshop’s website last year, but it still cost quite a bit. It was an investment piece though, and I wear it all the time!
9. What was your best bargain?
My best bargain was by far a See by Chloé jacket, I bought on The Outnet last Christmas. It was originally around €400, but I nabbed it for €60 on sale. Amazing!
10. What do you love most about fashion?
It allows me to express myself, to show others my interests and creativity through clothes. I think you can tell a lot about a person, through their clothes. I also genuinely find happiness through fashion, if I’m ever down in the dumps I go shopping for some retail-therapy or pick up a magazine, and I’m instantly cheered up!
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