A Day In The Life Of | Reveal's Harriet Davey
We chatted to Reveal's Acting Deputy Fashion Editor Harriet Davey to get the 411 on her kick-ass job, transitional style buys and how to get into the industry...
I’ll get up and check my emails, Facebook, Instagram and every other form of social media. This will then make me have minimal time to get ready and pick an outfit, and set off to the tube.
I often have breakfast meetings with PRs during the week. I’ll get to these at 9am so that I can still be in the office for 10am. Eggs Florentine is my fave so I’ll have this (with a side of bacon, of course) and a juice to start the day.
I’ll either be shooting in the studio, where I’ll spend most of the morning styling up the outfits, or I’ll be compiling our shopping pages. This will mean looking at the latest trends and must-haves on the high street and seeing what celebs are wearing to create newsy up to date features.
I always have a late lunch after a brekkie so I’ll usually just pop to M&S to get a sandwich, which is often a BLT…yep bacon twice in a day is a norm! Sometimes I have to go through Topshop on the way, you know, just for work purposes to see what’s new in!
There’s always lots of press events for new collections or events after work so I’ll often head to these. It’s good to go to these to catch up with other journalists and PRs that I email everyday, and to show support to brands. There’s often prosecco and canapés on offer, and I am unlikely to pass them up!
I’ll usually get home and consider some form of exercise but instead put my feet up on the sofa, post an #ootd of my work look on Instagram, before finding myself endlessly scrolling through Pinterest creating boards for new shoots. When your job is also your hobby it doesn’t stop when you get home!
What 5 wardrobe staples should we invest in for trans?
The bomber has to be 2016’s hero cover-up. It’s the perfect throw-on-anytime jacket that has seen us through every summer event from festivals to a casj Saturday night, and it’ll be the perfect lightweight jacket to add to your new autumn outfits.
Culottes- cropped wide leg trousers can hide a multitude of summer sins. They’ll work just as well with a cami while it’s still warm, as they will with a high neck knit for next season.
Blazer- forget blazers being just for the office, the new longer length makes them more wearable (added style points if they’re in a PJ style).
Stripe shirt- if it’s in an oversized style that looks like you could have borrowed it from the boyf then it’s a winner. It looks perfect with denim so it can be worn with a skirt for now and jeans and ankle boots when it gets cooler.
Cami dress- the 90s fave is back and it’s ideal for all occasions. Team it with a Tee underneath for a the full 90s feel, and just add ankle boots and a leather biker jacket for autumn.
My work day in three words is…
Fun, unpredictable, sociable.
Best part of my job is…
No two days are the same so it keeps it exciting. There are always different events to go to, new people to meet and new clothes to feature or style.
My go-to work look is…
I like a lot of quite tailored but casual clothes so you’ll often find me in some form of trousers. I’m a big fan of culottes and kick flare styles and I’ll often team these with a shirt with rolled up sleeves, mule midi heels and minimal jewellery.
What’s your top tip for getting a job in fashion?
Although a degree helps with getting a job in fashion, the main thing to do is to get as much experience as you can. It’s good to try out in different fields like PR, writing and styling so you understand the industry you’ll be going into and make contacts along the way. Although a lot of work experience is unpaid it’ll be worth doing it to get different brands and titles on your CV, but the main thing to do is to make a good impression. I always remember interns that show initiative, get stuck into any job no matter how big or small and the that show a genuine interest in the job.
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