The Chic List: How I silenced my inner critic

Fashion columnist and influencer Joanne Hegarty on learning to ignore her inner critic.

You know the voice. It’s the one that pops into your head when you’re thinking about wearing your new skirt. You love it and it fits perfectly. But here comes that wretched voice again, sneaking in out of nowhere and whispering: ‘You can’t wear that – your bum is too big and you’re too old.’ That voice loves nothing more than squishing life’s joys. Experts call it your ‘inner critic’– and it’s something women listen to far more than men.

Wearing the new season’s wide-leg trousers by Acne Studio and a fitted jacket from Rag & Bone to balance the silhouette. Bag, Celine

I’ve now given mine a different name – Doris – and, strangely, this makes it much easier to ignore her. Every time Doris butts in on my day, I tell her sharply: ‘Not now, Doris.’ And – poof! – she disappears off to make someone else’s life a misery. Stamping out Doris has been transformative– and here’s what else has been perking up my 2022…

  1. A red lip. In January and February nothing cheers like a swipe of red lipstick. It’s the most effortless way to look glamorous and pulled together. My current favourite is from Nars and called Inappropriate Red. I like it for its hydration and flattering tone. Gwyneth Paltrow was on to something when she said: ‘Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kickass red lipstick.’
  2. 90s chic. Talking of Gwyneth, I’ve been re-watching her movies for her sleek outfits. A Perfect Murder and Great Expectations are my favourites. Her all-green Donna Karan cardigan and slinky skirt in the latter remain unbeatable. Out of curiosity, I popped into her Goop store when I was in New York recently. It was filled with a carefully curated clothing line, beauty products and scented candles with eye-popping names such as This Smells Like My Orgasm. I felt a little self-conscious sniffing them in the store. But I did buy some Goop Glow Moisturiser which has been working a treat.

    Going (head-to-toe) green: Gwyneth Paltrow in Great Expectations
  3. Warm texture duos. Fashion-wise I’ve been mixing leather skirts and trousers with cashmere to create a luxe look. And I’m keeping the sparkle until spring– my favourite sequined skirt isn’t just for Christmas.
  4. Samantha’s lucky escape. Something I haven’t enjoyed as much as I’d hoped is the Sex And The City reboot And Just Like That. I find it preachy and the characters have lost their joy. No wonder Samantha fled to London.

This would look effortless with knee-high boots right now. Dress, £295, rixo.co.uk

These will add a little sweetness to your wardrobe. Trousers, £89, cosstores.com

Leather skirts are having a rebirth. Wear with cashmere for a chic look. Skirt, £220, jigsaw-online.com

Guaranteed to lift your mood. Lipstick, £22, Nars, net-a-porter.com

I’ll never tire of beautiful pearls. Earrings, £195, Completedworks, matchesfashion.com

The fitted torso and flared sleeves make this a must- have. Dress, £79, cosstores.com

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