Q&A, Katy Jardine Mills

Here she is! Miss Katy Jardine Mills.

I am hesitant to use the term, but Katy is my BFF. We’ve been friends since she moved to my neighbourhood when we were 10, and we discovered our mutual love of Cat Deeley-era MTV, Britpop and of course, fashion

Not much has changed, except Katy now lives in Sydney with her lovely boyfriend Alex (pioneer of dance moves including the one-armed push up and a very stylish boy to boot) and we email each other pictures of our purchases between reunions in Knysna and Cape Town, with tentative plans to start an style empire called Kate & Katy sometime in the future. Besides having great personal style, Katy is also an extremely talented interiors stylist for an Australian magazine house. These are some of the interiors spreads that Katy has styled:

This is Katy’s style profile.


Best fashion advice from your parents?

Don’t leave the house looking like a tart! My father always threatened me.

Style icons? 

Johnathan Adler, Miuccia Prada, Kate Moss (she always get it right). My grandmother, Barbara, and her friend Mary are always so stylish. They’re always on the hunt for something gorgeous, and usually bring me something fab back from London . I want to still be that stylish when I am in my 70’s!

Describe your personal style.

Trendy without being a trendoid, colourful, feminine and fun.

Favorite designers locally and internationally?

Scanlan & Theodore (Aus), Sass & Bide (Aus), World (New Zealand), Prada and whenever I come home, Colleen Eitzen. When I’m in SA I always shop at Vertigo – I think their stuff is really cute.

Most cherished item?

My recent birthday present – a Cartier Santos ladies watch.

Handsome horse bought at local treasure trove, Hadeda, just off Dunkley Square, during a visit home.

I feel best wearing…

Denim shorts, cons and a nice top. I usually ride my bike around so I have to be bike-ready, which is why shorts are good.

I’d sell my soul for…

These Balenciaga heels!

Never caught wearing?

Jeggings , white lycra, Crocs. {That’s my girl!}

My next “must have” purchase is…

Clog style shoes with wooden heels and a new summer bikini, hopefully from Tigerlily.

Favourite 3 items of clothing?

Electric blue Nike hightops – I wear them on shoot days because I’m on my feet for hours and comfort is a must. A butterfly beaded necklace bought with my good friend Eva at Spitalfields market in London. My gold World dress teamed with purple suede Ralph Lauren heels.

Most stylish city?

 Tokyo – so fashion forward yet so historical and private at the same time.

When I was high school I wore?

Braces, boy-short frosted-tipped hair and navy Vans – oh my how things have changed!

 My favourite secret spot is…

In Sydney it’s a little beach called Camp Cove – it’s not too busy and they sell fresh watermelon juice there. In Knysna, it’s out on a boat on the lagoon or out at sea – there is nothing like it.

Most underrated trend or style? 


 My favourite band / artist when it comes to all things fashion…

The Strokes.

 Favourite cocktail?

Cosmopolitan – I have one every Friday night religiously.

The next big thing is…

50’s housewife dresses are back in time for Summer, and fur is going to be massive for Winter. Yellow is a strong colour for Spring in both fashion and interiors.


* Thanks for gracing The Pessimiss with your words and pictures Miss Mills. I miss you.




One response to “Q&A, Katy Jardine Mills

  1. i miss you too xxx

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