Kate Moss—the world’s most inimitable supermodel, fashion trendsetter and style icon—needs neither an introduction nor a justification as to her natural inclusion in the industry’s theoretical best dressed hall of fame. It’s rare for Mossy to step outside without immediately dominating headlines and launching trends. Remember that time she accidentally used too much dry shampoo before appearing at a 2010 event—and thousands of women followed suit by misinterpreting and, subsequently, dying their roots grey? Yeah, it’s like that.
Earlier this week, Kate penned a column for a leading Irish newspaper, the Irish Independent, in which she detailed her personal secrets to sartortial success. While the whole piece is certainly worth reading, we’ve outlined the five most signficant takeaways from her well-worded confession below:
1. “Look to the past. Most women will have an era in fashion that they’re drawn towards for inspiration. I really love the late Sixties and Seventies, around the time of The Rolling Stones. I don’t channel it in everything I wear, but it does seem to feed through most outfits…It’s important to have some inspiration or a reference point when you’re dressing.”
2. “Work your style. It’s often only other people who notice you have a signature style…But it doesn’t matter–even if you do tend to wear the same things all the time, it’s how you wear them and your attitude that counts.”
3. “Dress for your mood. If you’re going to an important dinner, you should plan what you’re going to wear, as you don’t want to look silly…However, most of the time, I dress depending on my mood. I just throw on whatever I feel like wearing at the time, which tends to come from the palette of black, grey or red. If I’m having an off-day, I’ll wear full black.”
4. “Be prepared to suffer. I prefer to be comfortable…but there are definitely occasions where you’ve just got to go with heels. There are some comfortable heels that you can run around in, but, sometimes, it’s more important to be well-presented than to be comfortable.”
5. “The finishing touches. It’s important to accessorize, and I always turn to the scarves, hats and sunglasses in my wardrobe. But wearing too many accessories at once can look very bad. I don’t have any strict rules, but my husband does say not to wear a hat with glasses, because I look as if I’m trying to wear a disguise. I always have a pair of Ray-Bans in my bag and lots of pairs at home because they seem to go missing.”