Kim Wilde

Kim is a real individualist and buys most of her clothes from jumble sales or charity shops near where she lives in Welwyn Garden City, Herts. Even now, when she can afford to go to top designers, she prefers hunting around for things she can improvise on to make her own look. She digs around in the loft at home where the family store their old clothes. Brother Ricky wears a pair of leather trousers that belonged to their dad, Marty Wilde, in the 50s.
Just before our photo session, Kim had been to Johnsons in the King’s Road (also in Kensington Market, W8) who stock lots of ’50’s style clothes and accessories.
“It’s one of the few shops where I’ve got a good chance of finding something I like,” she told us. Kim lives in trousers and wears lots of black. She cuts her hair herself – in clumps to make it stand up more – and colours it herself at home. Occasionally she lets a hairdresser trim it a bit – usually on a photo session!

1. Kim wore this black dinner jacket for her Kids in America TV video. It cost £4 (complete with matching trousers) from a local Oxfam shop. “I wear the jacket just as it is – very big! I haven’t had time to take in the trousers, which are huge!” Worn with a simple plain white tee-shirt and tight black Johnsons jeans it looks stunning.

2. Old gabardine traditional school mac bought for £ 1 from a Help the Aged shop near St Albans where Kim went to art college.

3. I bought this shirt in Amsterdam – it’s very long so I usually wear it outside jeans and trousers. I like the colours because it goes with all my black things – like these black jeans from Johnsons.