Una Healy Explains How To Look Casual But Cool

The Saturdays star Una Healy is a woman on a mission to top the charts, starting by contributing to the songwriting process for The Saturdays’ tunes.

Una, who had a successful solo career before joining the girlband, is hard at work in the studio to pen lyrics that mean something to the band.

She’s being joined by the rest of the girls – Frankie Sandford, Mollie King, Vanessa White and Rochelle Wiseman – as the band are determined to get a number one. So far, their biggest UK single was Forever is Over at number 2.

It’s turned into an addictive process as the girls are working day and night to write something they can be proud of.

It was dark when Una was snapped leaving London’s Riverside studios after a writing session recently.

Although Una’s dressed for comfort she still maintains a trendy vibe in well-fitted straight leg jeans and a rock chic leather jacket. You can tell she’s a girl who needs to be aware that her photo can be taken at any moment and she’s found a way to dress down without appearing scruffy.

Very exclusively caught up with the Northern Irish singer to ask about her style inspiration and this is what she had to say:

QS: Do you feel pressure to look perfectly groomed at all times because you’re in the public eye?

UNA: “No, I think I just feel pressure as a person, I’ve always been that way. In case you meet a friend or a guy you fancy, you know years ago, you like to look well, as best I can.

But sometimes we arrive at places and the paparazzi are waiting and we all look at each other going, “Oh no!” because we’re all in our tracksuits and we’re thinking “What are we gonna do we have to walk out like this now.” So there is a bit of pressure to always have a bit of makeup in your bag to put some on if you don’t have enough on.”

QS: What’s the quickest way to get glamorous if you don’t have much time?

UNA: “The trick is to have good accessories. If your bag and shoeslook good it looks like you’ve made an effort.”

QS:  Do you have any favourite shops or labels?

UNA: “I like Forever Unique for their dresses. You know that there will always be something that stands out and looks gorgeous.

I’m a high street girl. I can’t even tell you any favourite designers because I never wear designer, catwalk clothes!”

QS: You recently designed a range of dresses for Rare with The Saturdays, did you enjoy doing that?

UNA: Yeah it was a nice little adventure outside the music. We’re really into fashion in loads of different ways, from what we wear to premieres and onstage and things like that. I’d love to get into doing something like that.

QS: How would you describe your style?

UNA: I’m very dressy-casual. I don’t dress down too much but I don’t really dress up for a normal day. You can wear a t-shirt and jeans but once you have a pair of heels on it’s glamorous straight away. I like to wear all the sandals that are in now for the summer, and flip-flops, and mostly jeans and vest tops and maxi dresses.

At the Riverside Studios, Una stuck to jeans but added a touch of attitude with a leather jacket. The Love Label leather trench cropped jacket is now £49 at Very – less than half price as it was £99!

A black jacket and black jeans calls for a colourful top underneath. Una wore pink and you can find something equally fabulous at Very like the South open knit ladder stitch tunic vest from just £7

The trick is to get jeans that really flatter your shape like the Savoir tummy control slim leg jeans – a bargain at £25

And finish with some shoes that are easy to wear but have unique detail that makes it look like you’ve made a bit of an effort. The Bench alura leather ankle lace up boots are brilliant for this and they’re only £21

Good luck with the song-writing, Una!

3rd May 2011
Written by Zoe Griffin