Exclusive: Want to work in fashion? TOWIE's Danielle Armstrong has some sound advice!

Published Thursday, Oct 13 2016, 13:17 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Before shooting to fame as one of the most stylish reality stars (don't dispute us on this one, guys) on The Only Way Is Essex, Danielle Armstrong was actually a fashion buyer for almost eight (yep eight!) years - and she has just given future fashionistas some fab advice.

The star is famous for her ability to pull off anything from sequins to feathers, faux fur to leather and studs, so it was a total no brainer for high-street hotspot Quiz Clothing to ask her to front an edit, which saw her cherry pick her favourite looks from their brand new party collection.

Danielle Armstrong launches Quiz edit into Lakeside store, Essex 7 October 2016

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And while she launched the new drop into stores (you can also snap everything up online, FYI) she let us in on some of her biggest style secrets, especially if you're looking to carve out a career in the fashion sphere.

"Study and research as much as you can, that's what I did," Danielle, who looked gorgeously glamorous in the Quiz campaign snaps, said in an exclusive chat.

She revealed, "I was actually a buyer for eight years before I joined TOWIE and I was heavily involved in following the trends, spotting looks that were hot off the catwalk and bringing them to the high street."

Even though Danielle is super successful now, she revealed that working her way up was a hard slog.

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"Expect to work for free," Danielle said. "I did for two years. Network and have a passion for it. You need to be passionate about fashion!"

And passionate she most definitely is. Since then, Danielle has lifted the lid on collaborations with a number of different online style hubs and she has her very own Essex boutique, too.

Now, it's safe to say that Danni could rival the likes of Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner with her collection of bodycon frocks and bomber jackets but she mentioned that she doesn't always steal style inspiration from other reality stars - oh no.

"Bloggers!" she stunner said. "I'm obsessed with Instagram and I love a little Insta-stalking. I like to see people who have different styles, don't copy the trends and create their own look! I love that!"

And her ultimate favourite piece from Quiz's party season-inspired drop? Y'know, just so we can nab it first...

"The little black crinkle dress with the lace top underneath," she said. "I love that! It's really cute – you can dress it up or down."

We'll see you on the high-street!

The Danielle Armstrong collection is available to buy at Quiz Clothing now.

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