Tell Me About Your Style: Lisa O’Connor and Stephen Murphy

Ennis is not exactly renowned for its fashion and styling. The Clare capital does not compare to Grafton Street or Oxford Street but two Ennis natives have given me an insight into their personal style and what they think about the style and couture of Ennis, Co. Clare. Miss Lisa O’Conner and Mr. Stephen Murphy were presented with Best Dressed Female and Male awards at the Mr. Ennis contest last month.

Similar to myself, Stephen considers skinny jeans to be a staple necessity of the wardrobe and he says “you can’t go wrong with them as they go with everything”. The skinny jean and slim fit pant are the poster clothing for the popular metrosexual style. Stylish man Murphy prefers to shop in Topman, New Look and Penneys.

He says he “mainly (goes) for tight clothes that fit perfectly with my body” while he also likes the 90’s look. The 80’s and 90’s trend are definitely back in fashion with a vast amount of denim available these days, through shirts, t-shirts and jackets which are appearing on the high street shelves.

Lisa expresses her love for thrift shopping and that she adores vintage boutique on Asos.com. Thrift shopping is quite unique and offers an alternative to high street shopping and often helps to create an unusual yet funky style. Lisa’s creative flair was certainly on show the night of Mr. Ennis where her print dungarees wowed me and fellow adjudicator stylist Natasha Crowley.

Similar to the male winner she adores 80’s and 90’s fashion. The dated look appeals to her relaxed and easy boho personality. Her wardrobe staple is the day dress. She exclaims she is “addicted! One item of clothing that can be dressed up and down”.

It is quintessential to have a style icon, icons influence trends and enhance character and thus icons are necessary for fashion evolution. For Lisa, English chicks Sienna Miller and Alexa Chung inspire her and encourage her.

It is sports stars David Beckham and Paul Galvin which have an effect on Stephen. The choices of sportstars Beckham and Galvin are interesting because it is these guys who are reinventing style for men and are prominently portraying sportsmen in a more contemporary light.

I asked them both their opinions on style in Ennis. Both Lisa and Stephen concluded that the style in the town has improved in recent years however, there is massive room for improvement. Lisa said “Ennis needs to be a bit more daring” and Stephen commented that “(people) still have a lot to learn”. Their comments are true.

In a small town people can feel pressurised and judged and therefore are afraid to think outside the box. However, people are continuing to make better efforts and many guys in particular are becoming fashion conscious and are starting to worry about what they are wearing.

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(Picture courtesy of Louise Brooks Photography)
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