Marissa Hermer: inside my wardrobe

All images: David Holbrook. Stylist: Claire Brayford. Marissa wears skirt, £379, By Malene Birger, available at Fenwick Bond Street

The dizzying speed at which mum-treneur and Bravo's Ladies of London star, Marissa Hermer lives her life is not for the faint hearted. A few weeks before the opening of Top Dog, her latest venture with her husband Matt, Carolyn Asome finds out why pyjamas (not diamonds) are a girl’s best friend and the importance of marinating your face and body in Sisley unguents.

You’re American. What did you notice about the way Brits dressed when you first moved over?

When I first arrived fresh from university in Vermont, fashion there had been about how many layers of Gortex or fleece you were wearing. And your heavy Sorrel boots. I realised pretty quickly I couldn’t be wearing that down the King’s Road. I was fascinated by how cool the Brits look and how much fun they have with fashion. They are fearless and really take risks that I never did growing up. That said, I grew up in Newport beach, Southern California and I’m definitely a West Coast dresser: I love colour, print and sparkle even if I do err on the side of casual and comfortable. Although I really enjoy dressing up when I get the chance.

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How else would you describe your style?

I wear outfits that are comfortable but which look great. During any given day I might be in the playground, in the boardroom and on a building-site where I am wearing closed-toe shoes with workmen and I don’t want to be trussed up as some sort of dolly bird. As a result I wear a lot of jeans (Current Elliot, MiH and Frame), which can be dressed up easily. I also have boyfriend jeans and although they aren’t always the most flattering I can chuck on a pair of heels and race over to a cocktail thing after I’ve put the kids to bed. I love the colour and print that you find at Preen, Vilshenko and Cedric Charlier. A Joseph blazer and Equipment silk shirts are staples. If I feel I've really earned my keep that month, I might head to Alexander McQueen.

What's your signature accessory?

Possibly a clutch. I have rows and rows of candy coloured, fun and funky clutches from Charlotte Olympia, Kotur and Olympia Le Tan.

Whose style do you admire? And who influenced you growing up?

My Grandmother was grace personified: she wasn’t always dressed to the nines but she always had a pair of earrings on, lipstick, and she actually taught me to wear my hair up because it takes the hair off your face and it looks beautiful. I love the way Clare Underwood looks in House of Cards although the way she dresses wouldn’t suit my life.

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What is your favourite item of clothing and why?

I’ve just bought an A-line Henry Holland skirt with an orange and green tiger print but I also love clothes by Jil Sander Navy and MSGM whose clothes are so easy to wear. I like Stella McCartney too, who does clothes that resemble pyjamas that you can wear out at night to Nobu. I pretty much live in pyjamas at home, so if I can get away with wearing them out of the house…..

Are you a clothes hoarder or do you ruthlessly edit?

I edit all the time. I’m always thinking I am missing clothing and then I realise I’ve chucked it out.

What style advice would you give your 17 year old self?

Buy less, buy better.

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Jumper, £315, Markus Lupfer (Available at Fenwick Bond Street)

Has your approach to dressing changed since you’ve been juggling work with kids?

Er yes! I fear silk now, before it wasn’t an issue. Now I’ve just figured out how to wash a silk shirt at home and that has changed my life but it took me 10 years to work that out. Anything that I have to dry clean terrifies me if it is for everyday wear. And I also love cross body bags because then you are hands free.

Tell us about your skincare ritual?

I marinade my face and body in Sisley all the time and as a result I don’t end up wearing a lot of make up as her stuff really works. I just try to keep my skin hydrated and then I will wear a bit of mascara, a Charlotte Tilbury lip gloss and Chantecaille cream blusher.

And any tips for petite dressing?

I'm 5'5" - I love an Isabel Marant Bobby tennis shoe or Superga flatform as it gives me a bit of a casual lift even when I'm running around town. I love a wedge for the same reason in the spring/summer. I also love anything nipped in at the waist or high waist lines as it gives the illusion of longer legs.

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Fashion and accessories available at Fenwick Bond Street

By Carolyn Asome