Style File: Shama Akhtar

The UK’s most stylish fashionistas reveal their wardrobe secrets…

Posted: 26.01.15

We love all things fashionable. But what we love more than anything is spotting a trendy, funky looking style icon from the streets. YOU inspire us! That’s why, we bring to you the newest addition to – Style File, where we focus the spotlight on the most unique, statement making readers who have caught our attention on the stylish radar. Now you can inspire everyone and be the one to set new and innovative trends. The first of our chic-sters is hair, fashion and fantasy stylist Shama Akhtar from Birmingham who wants to be a student all her life, as she feels the quest for knowledge and learning is lifelong. Shama’s style motto is: ‘Fashion is what you buy, style is how you wear it’. Read on as she divulges her love for fur scarves and hatred of dungarees…  

Describe your personal style
My personal style is very mood inspired. Some days, I feel very rock chick and others I feel cute and trendy. Some people wear their emotions on their sleeve, I guess I literally wear mine on my body.

How has your style evolved?  
I was a tomboy. (Baggy clothes and even wearing my older brother's clothes) I escaped home grown hair bobs – I was very particular about getting my bob cut at a salon, since I was very young! Over the years, my style has changed dramatically. I always wore what I had, which was what my parents chose. But when I started earning, that’s when I discovered my own style. Now, it’s the usual slim fit/chino or the occasional skinny pants, with either a slogan jumper, blouse or graphic tee (love tees!). I’m still evolving...

What's your favourite brand/designer?
My favourite high street brands are River Island, Topshop and Urban Outfitters. 

Your favourite item from your wardrobe?
My black patent ankle boots from Topshop and fur scarves.

How long does it take you to get ready?
25-45 minutes, depending on whether I need to straighten my hair.

What or who is your inspiration?
The colours of the rainbow and life are my biggest inspiration. Who? I can’t say I try to dress like anyone, although I do like Fearne Cotton and Jessy J.

What clothing/accessory/makeup can you not live without?
T-shirts, jeans, my concealer (I have panda eyes!) and eye-liner. Feel naked without these items.

High street or designer?
High street 100%!

What's on your wishlist that you can't afford/haven't gotten around to buying... 
Leather jacket, gold watch, black diamond ring and a black designer bag, with matching heels, decorated with studs.

What is your pet hate when it comes to shopping?
Long queues and people not setting their own trends. I say where whatever you want and makes you happy, whether it is in ‘fashion’ or not.

Fashion nightmare?
Dungarees – although I used to wear them too!

What's your secret fashion fantasy?
I’m quite gutsy so I pretty much have worn whatever I’ve wanted to. But I think my fantasy would be to wear a sari, but sexy Bollywood style.

What statement does your style say about you?
I hope it says trendy, fun and modest.

How does your fashion reflect your personality?
It is an expression of me. The way in which someone styles their hair, the cut, the colour and what they do with it each day goes hand in hand with the clothes.

If you could be anything in the world, what would that be?
Someone who could make the world better and inspire people with words/good actions. I’d love to help others in some way...

Tell us something no one else knows about you...
If I told you, then I'd have to kill you. 

Find out more about Shama here

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