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Monday 20 August 2018

Kathryn's frugal fashion eye proves a real winner

Not only has Kathryn Thomas got an eye for fashion, she's also got an eye for a bargain.

The Operation Transformation host proved money doesn't buy taste by looking fantastic for just €20.

Kathryn's block-coloured look on last week's show sent fashionistas into overdrive in an attempt to determine where it had come from.

The three piece ensemble is made up of a second hand skirt, a belt from Penney's and a bargain top from River Island.

Kathryn (31) told the Herald that she is keen to "play around" with her wardrobe choices.

"The skirt I got in a second-hand store in Reno, Nevada for $5 (€4). It's the hottest state in America, and I found the only woollen skirt in there," she said.

"The belt is from Penney's, which cost €6 and the vest is from River Island, which usually only cost around €10.

"I have a lot of quirky pieces that I've picked up abroad. I'm doing the styling for Operation Transformation myself, it's great to be able to play a little bit with clothes.

"It's obviously not as glam or as 'Saturday night' as Winning Streak, it's much more casual."

"I like finding quirky items, as well as new, uncovered designers. I like to do high street and second hand as well though. I'm a big fan of Urban Outfitters, All Saints, and Camille boutique in Malahide always has great stuff."

"I like playing dress up. I take out all my clothes, sometimes it's good if you have a couple of hours to play around for the different looks," she said.

"Even if you haven't worn it in three years, you can put it with a new piece."

And while we are used to seeing her dolled up from head to toe, she is now making tracksuits look chic for her active role on the show.

"I spent more time in Lifestyle Sports in December than in Brown Thomas, looking for runners and cool, sporty looks. I'm in tracksuits all the time," she said.

"I'm really enjoying it, but it's not something I think about too much -- it is a show that's more about leaders."

cmcbride@herald.ie

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