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Get dressed with Tamu McPherson

Jamaica-born, Milan-based photographer, writer and editor TAMU McPHERSON expresses herself with colorful, fun and fearless style. This is how she does it…

Fashion
BOLDLY GO
From statement outerwear to clashing prints, the “adventurous” street-style star isn’t afraid to try new trends

TAKE RISKS

“My style is adventurous, I love trying new trends. When it comes to putting a look together, I always start with a great piece that I am super-excited to wear, and that dictates the rest of the outfit. I’m constantly on the lookout for statement accessories, particularly earrings and hats because my hair is so short. There are so many designers I love: Gucci, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Proenza Schouler, Ellery, Rosie Assoulin and, of course, Miu Miu and Prada – Miuccia always delivers amazing shoes. I have go-to pieces that I wear every season; it’s because of these ‘essentials’ that you can still identify my touch and get a sense of my personal style from every outfit, even though they vary wildly. I am risk averse in every other aspect of my life but fashion should be about having fun – if people laugh at you, who cares?”

INVEST IN YOURSELF

“When it comes to hair and beauty, I am super low-maintenance. I wear my hair short because when it’s long it requires so much effort. I wash my hair with co-wash [conditioner only], not shampoo, and I only use three products in it, which I mix myself – coconut oil, castor oil and jojoba oil. I find a long bath is one of the best ways to unwind – I make my own lavender salt wash with sea salt and essential oils. I try my best to only use natural products where possible; Tata Harper’s eye serum and Vintner’s Daughter are on my wish list right now.”

NATURAL BEAUTY
McPherson keeps her daily makeup and skincare routine simple, but indulges at bathtime
FORWARD THINKER
The photographer plans her Fashion Month wardrobe with meticulous detail

MAKE AN EFFORT

“During Fashion Week, my look changes depending on what city I’m in. It’s not that I wear different pieces, I just put them together in a totally different way. I feel like in New York you can be as funky as you want because it’s such a gritty city, then in London there’s this kind of English eccentricity that I like to play with; in Milan I tend to go for a more elegant look; and when it comes to Paris I’ll become my most minimal self and build a look around one incredible statement piece. I am very thoughtful when it comes to packing – I even take pictures of the finished look in advance so that I don’t have to give it a second thought once I’m there. I wouldn’t say I feel any pressure to ‘dress up’ – these are actually the clothes I live in. For example, I have an amazing sequin dress by Ganni that I’ve been wearing weekly in totally different ways.”