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Style conscious: Suffolk businesswoman Rachel Ducker

PUBLISHED: 16:52 19 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:33 20 February 2013

Style conscious: Suffolk businesswoman Rachel Ducker

Style conscious: Suffolk businesswoman Rachel Ducker

Rachel is the East of England Young Businesswoman of the Year. She runs her own business Apparition Marketing & Design, based in Bury St Edmunds and Halesworth

Rachel is the East of England Young Businesswoman of the Year. She runs her own business Apparition Marketing & Design, based in Bury St Edmunds and Halesworth

Why have you chosen these clothes for the photoshoot?
As a young professional I have chosen this outfit as a feel it reflects my personal business style. The way I do business is informal and relaxed and I like to feel approachable. I do not wish to come across as an intimidating businesswoman.
Most of the items I am wearing are from one of my favourite places to shop, a boutique in Southwold, named Collen & Clare. The Nicole Farhi coat I am wearing and the new Mulberry Alexa bag are both from Collen & Clare.
To me, it reflects your standards to be well dressed, meaning if you can take care of your appearance it shows that you can take care of other areas of your life and business.

Are they typical of your day-to-day wear?
Yes, I live in skinny jeans. They are so versatile you can put them with absolutely anything. I often wear them with a nice top and suit jacket, or under a dress in the winter months. They are great for casual business meetings and if you want to head out straight after work, you can simply transform the outfit by changing the top!

If money was no object what would you wear?
Apart from the wish list I have from the local boutiques such as C&C, I love some of the high street designers, such as Karen Millen, Jaeger, Crew Clothing, Ted Baker and French Connection.
They have some fabulous dresses, handbags and outerwear but they can sometimes be on the pricey side. I recently bought a trendy Ted Baker mac jacket and had to justify the price to myself for a week! I dont mind splashing out on the odd item as I think when you work hard for yourself it is nice to reward that fact.

Whats the most outlandish thing in your wardrobe?
I am a pretty conventional dresser but if I had to pick the most extreme item, it is a French Connection halter neck summer dress it has a print of light blue zebras patterned over almost see-through fabric. Skin-coloured underwear is a must with this one!

Where do you buy your underwear?

I usually buy my underwear from John Lewis, as they have a range of designers to choose from including CK and Elle Macpherson Intimates. The bra fitting service there has always been excellent. Whilst Ann Summers has a rather naughty reputation, their Knickerbox range is very tasteful and you can pick up some sexy but conservative pieces there.

Do you judge people by their clothes?
I would never judge a person solely on what they wear or without getting to know them first.
However, I do think what you wear gives away a big part of your personality, as dressing becomes part of your identity and often what distinguishes people is their individual tastes.

Do you have a style role model?
I have two. Cheryl Cole she has an elegant yet edgy style and is always dressed well, even in outfits you would never imagine someone wearing.
The other is my friend Carly. She has really influenced my taste in shoes and has the biggest shoe collection I have seen! Everything she wears matches and she gives me so much advice on clothes and accessories before a night out.

Who cuts your hair and how often?
My hairdresser friend Hayley at The Hairworkshop in Framlingham. For a recent business awards ceremony, she styled it up with big curls and it looked fabulous.


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