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HOT Style: Meet Lou 

HOT reporter Claudine Ecclestone chats to Lou at The Printworks Hasting.

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What brings you to Hastings? Where do you live?

Predictably, I live in Hackney, east London, but plan to move to Hastings next year! I am here to visit my friend and to attend New Queers on the Block, a fantastic show at Printworks. I love seeing Queer performance, it’s always so thought-provoking and emotional.


How do you usually spend your time? What do you do? Job? Fun?

I am a psychotherapist specialising in gender, sexual and relationship diversities.

I like to spend time with friends, go dancing, watch drag and comedy, and do activism – particularly around queerness and emotional intimacy.


Where do you usually buy your clothes?  Why?

I’m 5’11” and size 16 so it’s not easy to find clothes which express what I want them to, so I tend to find pieces at fairly mainstream High Street places then put things together in an interesting way with cute accessories. I like ASOS, New Look, H&M, and M&S!


How would you describe your style? Your outfit

My style is broadly hard femme, which is a queer style, so I like black as a base colour, and they I add leopardprint, and little punky or fetishy accents. My outfit today is a plain black tshirt with rolled sleeves with black pleated trousers which are slightly cropped, with black hi-top Converse with white skulls on the side, a silver-coloured thick chain with a padlock, a thick faux-leather cuff with three buckles, and a leopardprint boyfriend coat. I’m channelling a queer soft butch look with a touch of femme tonight!


What are your favourite clothes? 

Anything black and fitted generally, although leopardprint pencil skirts are a favourite, and ankle-length black witchy skirts.


Where do you get your inspiration for your look? Do you have a favourite designer?

Oh gosh, I’m not sure really! I definitely don’t pay attention to designers whatsoever, although I loved McQueen, and Vivienne Westwood is iconic. I’m 42 so I’ve picked stuff up along the way, my influences are queer icons, 50s kind of rockabilly, 70s punk, and kind of general camp kitsch.


What is your favourite piece of clothing and why?

Currently love a black soft batwing hoodie from Gap.


If you were to give style advice, what would it be?

Don’t try to be anyone but yourself. Use your style to channel who you are; allow your clothes, hair and makeup to speak for you. We’re only here once, so express yourself, and enjoy it. It’s always been important for queer people to signal who we are to other queers, to be visible in a world which erases us, and as a sign of resistance of the oppressive mainstream narratives about what’s acceptable and appropriate.

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Posted 20:22 Monday, Jan 21, 2019 In: HOT Style

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