I’m thrilled to have the lovely Nancy with me on the blog today. Nancy is the Dutch woman behind Nancy’s Fashion Style, a blog showcasing her love of fashion. Nancy is always smiling and I love her positive outlook on life. I’m so excited to be chatting with her today. So, without further ado, meet Nancy…
Hi Nancy! Tell me, how would you describe your style?
I always think that is such a difficult question. I have no idea how other women see me. How they would describe my style. I think I would describe it as classic with a modern twist?
How has your style evolved over time?
To be honest, I think I dressed like I do my whole life. Of course, I went along with trends and modernised my style while time passes, but I always dressed a bit classic and minimalistic. Always loved black and dark colours with golden accessories. I did have a stepping out a few years ago when I started to wear bright colours and different things. But I ended up with my own style again which feels the best to me.
Do you have a style icon? (Or icons)
Diane von Furstenberg has always been a woman I admired for her sense of style. And I just love Victoria Beckham’s style.
What’s your favourite item of clothing?
Pencil skirts and ankle boots.
What’s your wardrobe like?
Dark! Lol. A lot of basics, a lot of black. My key pieces are in darker colours, Brown, greens and blues. I never wore trousers that much, but this winter I bought more trousers than skirts or dresses. But most of all I wear skirts, midi pencil skirts or wider ones. I adore pleated skirts. I love balloon sleeves and tops with lace. And I have a broad collection of ankle boots!
When did you first start Nancy’s Fashion Style? And why did you start it?
I started it in 2015. After a few years of rehab because of my disease. I had to give up my working life, in fashion of course, and was looking for a good interpretation of my life. I took a course, start your own blog, with a girlfriend and that was it! It’s my passion, I just get so much joy out of blogging!
Would you say you’re more confident now than when you were younger?
Oh now! And even now I lack self-confidence a lot. But when I was younger I didn’t have any! Nothing nada. The funniest thing is that it never stood in my way of wearing what I loved. And in puberty I wore clothes that no one else wore, it didn’t bother me, I loved it. I think it is such a pity to not have enough confidence, it stands in your way a lot! And it does now too sometimes, often, but now I try to think: what the hell, I am who I am.
You live with a hereditary lung disease. Can you tell us a little about it? And how it affects your life?
I told my story in the menu of my blog. It’s a too long story to tell here. But I have a progressive lung disease and it’s hard. It affects my life in every way it can. But… I am a very positive and strong woman and have the best partner who supports in everything and we lead a fantastic life!
What is it about blogging that you love the most? And the least?
The least… when there is something I don’t understand, mostly technical. That frustrates me. What I love most are the incredible friendships I developed with other bloggers. The bloggers that I surround myself with are supporting and fabulous women and it’s really amazing how fantastic these relationships can be even without ever having met in real life! But I also met a few bloggers in real life and that is so wonderful! That’s the best thing, the friendships!
Do you have any advice for women over 40 thinking of starting a style blog?
Be yourself! The ones who are totally different IRL are fake and you can read that in their words. That’s not interesting, that is advertising. Of course, there are a lot of blogs that are about making money, mine isn’t and I am not interested in blogs that do. That doesn’t mean I don’t work with companies though. I mean, a blog costs. And it doesn’t bother me if other blogs have ads and affiliate links and all. But you know when it’s real or not. And don’t think you develop relationships with other bloggers overnight. If you think you can comment on a blog once and then never again, the other blogger will support you, then think again. Be supportive and you will have a great blogging career.
I have told you before but just wanted to say it again. That I am very pleased you started The Grey Brunette because I loved your fashion posts before a lot! You are also one of those fabulous real women that I love! Thank you very much for this interview Suzy!
I hope your readers liked reading it.
Photos (below): Nancy’s beloved UK! Seven Sisters 25th anniversary party. And at her last festival in 2019 Pinkpop.
Awww thank you, Nancy, you’re amazing! And thank you so much for chatting with me today. This has been so much fun!
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Last week I had a lovely chat with Greetje from No Fear of Fashion. If you missed it, you can catch up here. And next week, I’m chatting to the fabulous Shelbee from Shelbee on the Edge. Follow my blog on Bloglovin so you don’t miss it!