Talking style & fashion with TV personality & presenter Laura Hamilton
Laura Hamilton is best known for helping people finding property abroad through presenting Channel 4’s A Place In The Sun, but has also appeared on our screens competing on Dancing on Ice and The Jump.
Not only a successful TV personality and presenter, Laura also owns and runs her local coffee shop and deli, Lord Roberts on the Green, and is a mum to Rocco (4) and Tahlia (3).
We had the opportunity to sit down with the lovely Laura to talk about her love for style and fashion.
How would you describe your style?
My dress style massively depends on where I am. Since I spend so much time abroad, my wardrobe is full of colourful dresses. I like to mix a small selection of designer accessories in with my dresses from the high street or online. I particularly love Bardot style dresses, and fitted dresses that are below the knee, as I hate my legs!
Which one item from your wardrobe couldn’t you live without?
I simply couldn’t live without my nude Louis Vuitton heels. They literally go with any outfit and they give me and extra half foo, which is pretty handy when I’m only 5’3 and my husband is 6’4. They are classy and timeless and even though they are quite high they are so comfortable. They were the most expensive pair of shoes I had bought at £475 (!), but they have actually been the best value. They have lasted such a long time and have got such good use.
What are your current wardrobe staples?
I have a few summer maxi dresses that I’ve owned for years that are so easy to wear for travelling or when I finish after a filming day. They never seem to go out of fashion and they are great to pack as they don’t crease.
Who inspires your style the most? (celebrity, family member etc.).
I think Natalie Portman always looks gorgeous and classy. She seems so natural. I recently hosted a charity event called ‘Remembering Audrey Hepburn’ – she had incredible style and it was lovely having her as my style icon for the evening.
Have you had any fashion disasters over the years?
There is one image that really sticks in my mind. After I took part in Winter Wipeout I went out to a theatre premiere with a few friends – I clearly put too much bronzer on my face as I looked orange and my legs were really white! I wore the wrong colour lipstick and a cheap looking dress, and it was the ultimate fashion disaster. My friend who is a make-up artist said ‘Laura what were you thinking!?!?’.
Where do you like to shop?
Online and on the high street – I love Zara, Mango, Look Again, Silk Fred and Girl in Mind. I occasionally pick dresses up from markets overseas.
What is your favourite trend at the moment?
I always wear figure-hugging dresses for red carpet events to show off my curves, and I love the suit look on women I’m just not sure I could pull it off as I think I might look frumpy.
How has your style evolved since your started out presenting?
I think I just know what suits me now and the older I have become the more confident I have got about styling myself. I used to be a kids tv presenter so I wore bright colours back then and I’m still wearing them on A Place in The Sun. Hopefully now though they are a little more classy.
What’s the best piece of fashion advice you have ever been given?
Ignore what the label size says and just wear the size that fits you best. Different brands use different guides for sizing so it’s important not to get hung up on it.