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What's my style? The people of Brussels talk us through their wardrobe choices

10:21 06/05/2018

Ioana, 28, Romanian, Social attaché in the Romanian Perm Rep

What I’m wearing: A Banana Republic top, Cos pants, and Charles and Keith ballerinas.

Where I shop: Cos, Gap, Romanian stores; I’ve been into Romanian fashion lately. For shoes Charles and Keith mainly, Tommy Hilfiger, Next. Because of my job I mainly shop online but when I travel I go shopping, in London mostly.

My style: Casual in downtime. For work, kind of business-casual, mostly dresses.

Eva, 40, Dutch, Coach at Groep Intro

What I’m wearing: My sweater is by Bellerose and cost €3 at the Jeu de Balle market. The skirt I bought in Spa on sale. My shoes are Nikes; I swore never to wear Nikes as I try not to support big companies but I love them, it’s like walking on air!

Where I shop: I like & Other Stories, I buy my earrings there. Also Mook’s on Rue du Bailli, Mr Ego, Les Petits Riens. I don’t really have a shop. I love to shop, especially in Antwerp, that’s heaven.

My style: I don’t know. I’m afraid I’m becoming a hipster! A mixture of styles, sometimes ‘bling bling’ accessories with vintage style.

Aysenaz, 24, Turkish, Trainee at EuroAcademic

What I’m wearing: My skirt is Zara, my shirt is Tommy Hilfiger, my jacket is Tommy too. My bag is Cambridge Satchel Company, and my shoes are Derimod, a Turkish brand.

Where I shop: Zara, H&M, Tommy, and sometimes designer boutiques. Usually I shop in Turkey, because prices are a bit cheaper. Sometimes I go to outlet stores in Holland.

My style: For my job I’m way more classic, but in daily life I’d say half-sport half-classic!

Pieter, 42, Belgian, Administrative & financial assistant at UN OCHA

What I’m wearing: My shoes are Fred Perry, my trousers Celio, my polo shirt is from WE, the cardigan from Esprit, and my jeans vest is JBC.

Where I shop: I also like Massimo Dutti and sometimes Zara. I try to make a small contribution to stop exploitation of workers and don’t buy clothes made in Bangladesh and Cambodia anymore, as workers in these countries are most exploited.

My style: I would call my style casual chic, or classic with a twist.

Rachel, 20, Indonesian, Europalia intern

What I’m wearing: A denim jacket from the Marolles market and a tank top from Primark. My trousers are from & Other Stories and earrings from Weekday in the UK.

Where I shop: I haven’t been here long enough. I usually live in London, and it’s very good to shop there. I prefer to invest money in trousers and skirts. For my shirts, tank tops and jackets – mostly flea markets or Primark.

My style: Because I’m doing an internship I try to look a bit more professional. But for uni, just shirts, and in winter I just wear the same big Uniqlo coat all the time!

Titi, 38, Tunisian-Belgian, Supervisor at Cap 48

What I’m wearing: Trousers and a T-shirt, I actually can’t remember where they’re from!

Where I shop: Usually I buy online at Showroom, there are discounts on big brands. I also have a cousin who lives in Italy so I tell her the style I want, she looks for it and sends it to me by post. It’s not too difficult!

My style: I find it hard to describe my style – sporty? My own style!

This article first appeared in The Bulletin winter 2017

Written by Karen McHugh