Why it Works | Funmi Fetto on Workwear
Deputy editor of Glamour, beauty columnist for The Observer, author of Palette: The Beauty Bible for Women of Colour, contributor to Comfort Zones - and mother of three. Funmi Fetto shares her tips on dressing for work, on time…
Do you have a workwear uniform?
It’s quite dressy. When you make an effort, it gives you a certain level of confidence. Sometimes I’ll have a last-minute event and I’ll be prepared for it. But my workwear uniform will easily take me from morning to night.
So what is your go-to outfit?
A dress! I love midis. For a long time, my go-to style was a slash neck midi; the shape works for every situation. When I left InStyle, my leaving card was the front cover of the magazine, with the cover line: the girl with 100 printed dresses.
Is that why you chose the Wildflower dress?
Yes, because of the print and the length, which is a slightly longer midi. There’s something quite nostalgic about a good print. It’s so versatile, too - I can wear it in winter and summer.
As a working mother of three, how do you get out of the house on time?
I’m a morning person, so I get up early. It’s very rare for me to spend time looking at Instagram; I won’t go
through newsfeeds. The clarity of your mind in the morning is so key to how you operate for the rest of the day. But I have little tricks… I leave my shoes downstairs and my fragrances by the door. So I slide into the shoes, spritz and glide out.
Your book, Palette: The Beauty Bible for Women of Colour, has just been published. Tell us about it…
I would constantly have women – strangers coming up to me in the street, family, friends, colleagues – asking me for recommendations. I thought, I have all this knowledge, but I was keeping it to myself, so that inspired the book. I also wrote it because women of colour are still not represented in beauty campaigns, in magazines. You have this demographic that feels that the beauty industry isn’t speaking to them.
Who inspires you?
My father. He always said: the world is your oyster. I had friends who used to call me “the why not” woman. I’ve always taken risks in my career and that’s down to my father, who would say to me, why not?