In the closet with Kim Wilde

Never mind those 80s crimes of fashion – this rock chick has gone back to black.

Kim, 53, shot to fame in 1981 with her hit single Kids in America. Over the years she has released 13 studio albums and toured with Michael Jackson and David Bowie. She lives in Hertfordshire with her husband – actor Hal Fowler – and their two children Harry, 15, and Rose, 13.

How would you describe your style?
Rock chick. I like comfort but not at the expense of style – and I don’t do mumsy. 

What colours and shapes suit you best?
Red and blue look good on me but mostly I stick to black. I have every conceivable style in black and I like to mix textures to keep it interesting. My colour mostly comes from make-up and accessories. I like a fitted shape on my bottom half and any shape that reduces the appearance of my chest.

Has your style changed much over the years?
I think I’ve grown into it. I’m much more comfortable with myself than I used to be, and I know how to make the most of my shape now. I get it right more often these days than in the 80s – I never had a natural sense of style like some others did.

What is your favourite fashion era?
I love the styles from the Bette Davis movies of the 40s. The clothes were beautifully made and glamorous without being overtly sexy.

Who are your style icons?
When I was younger, Debbie Harry and Paula Yates were big style icons for me. 

Do you own more high street or designer?
I’m a high-street girl. Almost everything I own is from the high street, including jewellery.

What is your favourite high-street store?
Warehouse is good at the moment, and Wolford is my go-to store for basics. You have to spend money on some things to get good quality – bras, for example – but generally I’m not really interested in spending a lot of money on fashion. I’d rather buy stuff for the garden.

Do you have any favourite designers?
No – I find it hard to relate to the stick-thin models on the catwalks. 

What has been your favourite stage outfit?
I really love what I wear now. I usually wear J Brand jeans, wedges and waistcoats – those hide a multitude of sins.

And your worst?
Not that many years ago, I was dressed in a pillar-box red trouser suit for German television. I looked terrible.

Do you own anything vintage?
There’s a great shop in St Albans called Fleetville Vintage Emporium that I go to sometimes. I wore a lot of vintage clothes in the 80s but it wasn’t called “vintage” then – it was called “buying clothes on the cheap from Oxfam”.

What is your best beauty secret?
I’ve inherited good skin from my mother but I’ve noticed a marked improvement since using Dr Hauschka products. I also dip myself into cold water every morning to get my blood rushing. It’s horrible at first but you get used to it. And I’ll never leave the house without an eyebrow pencil and red lipstick.

How much money do you spend on clothes each month?
Hardly anything. Every three or four months, I’ll go shopping with my daughter Rose, but it’s more as a mother-daughter day out. I feel like I’ve got most of the pieces I need.

Are you a hoarder or do you clear out your wardrobe each season?
I do keep things, using the excuse that I’ll give them to my daughter one day. But I was running out of space, so recently I had to be strict and make myself throw out anything I hadn’t worn for years or that made me look mumsy.

How many shoes and handbags do you own?
About six pairs that I actually wear – a mix of boots, stilettos and shoes for home. And I’ve only got one handbag – they don’t really interest me. 

Kim’s album Wilde Winter Songbook is out now. Her live dates are on and tickets are available from