Suki Waterhouse's low-key personal style comes out even when she's in model-mode for Express!
Suki Waterhouse doesn’t need to give us more evidence that she’s ridiculously cool (she’s besties with Selena Gomez and feels 100% confident going out makeup free, all. the. time.), but when we caught up with the model and actress as she shot new campaigns for Express‘s Holiday Collection and their new higher-end capsule collection, Express Edition (available Dec. 1), we came down with a heavy case of style envy. Here are five things the 23-year-old Brit taught us about her laid-back look.
- You’ll have more fun in flats… “It’s my idea of hell wearing heels to a club; I don’t see why anyone would,” she tells PEOPLE on set for Express in N.Y.C. “If you’ve got a great pair of heels and you can dance it’s fine. But for me, I don’t want to stand around the table, I want to go onto the floor and just like, be going mad. And I’m in my trainers and a little dress or something. I think people want to be sexy, people want to look good. But you look good if you’re comfortable. I want to shimmy across the floor and I can’t do that in, like, a bandage dress and heels, so I don’t really get that kind of style. You could be the most gorgeous girl, but I don’t think they look good.”
- …But you can still look sexy in shorter heels. When Waterhouse does have to rock heels, like she did for this campaign, she goes for comfort. The suede pumps she’s wearing ($128, available Dec.) “make your legs look better,” thanks to their manageable height, she says. “I’m going to steal these.” (Editor’s note: She was absolutely able to get down in those to the music she chose for the shoot: “Early 2000s R&B kind of stuff… R. Kelly, Faith Evans, Nelly, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Aaliyah”).
- Don’t fear bulky pieces, but learn how to balance. At the moment, her going-out style M.O. seems to be baggy on top, teeny on the bottom, like two of her fave items from the holiday collection: the striped sweater and the leather mini (below). “I get highly anxious with things that are body con and all tight—I hate it,” she says. “And if my legs are being like shoved together I’m like, ugh… it makes me feel good, almost just being shrouded in something.”
- Switch up your fashion inspo as much as possible. “I was really, really tomboy when I first started modeling,” she says. “There aren’t a lot of pictures of me then, but I was super boyish and very grungy. I’ve kind of had all these very extreme phases. So it was kind of hard to say who inspires me.” In the past, she’s counted Coco Chanel, Ingrid Bergman, Jane Birkin and even Rod Stewart (!) as her style icons. “But who do I like at the moment? Actually I think Florence [Welch] from Florence and the Machine; I think she just pretty much wins right now. Just f***ing epic,” she reveals. “I even see her when she’s just hanging around the hotel— she just looks so f***ing good.”
- Be proud of all your outfits — even the duds. “I always think it’s funny when people ask me about style and think I’m stylish because my family, my sisters and everyone always were like oh my ‘God, Suki, what are you wearing?’. My sisters were just like ‘No Suki. Stop it,'” she says. “I don’t think I’m that good at putting things together in that way. I just know what feels right for me.” Even though she admits that some of her past outfits have been, as she calls them, “corkers,” she stands by them all. “I remember being obsessed with this space suit when I was younger,” she says. “I was like, set on it and it was horrible. I was really keen on these awful things, but whatever, you just wear it with conviction.”