By Lela Struga
Adelina Badivuku is originally from Kosovo and lives in London. She is 40 years old, married, and mother of two children. Her professional background is in Family Therapy and she works as a manager in a local authority setting. Adelina loves fashion and always pays attention to the way that she presents herself. As a beautiful and professional woman, caring about how she looks, this is an act of respect and love for herself.
How much is fashion important to you?
I have never thought of fashion as something relevant or having a great importance in my life, although I love clothes and anything beautiful. I am not the kind of woman that invests in fashion magazines or religiously follows the latest trends. I have been blessed to live in Camden Town most of my life and equally to work close to Portobello Road. Both these places are a source of beautiful ideas and accommodate shops and market stalls that sell the most amazing clothes.
How do you show your fashion in everyday life?
I experiment with clothes and love accessories; bags, shoes, scarves and jewellery complete all my outfits. I am very spontaneous by nature and that does have an impact on my outfit choices daily. Hence my moods dictate my look for the day. I don’t spend ages planning what to wear; it only takes me a few minutes to decide and I hardly ever ask other for people’s opinions. Although I love compliments, I need to feel good in what I am wearing.
I would love to be able to wear jeans at work but that’s not a possibility, although it does not prevent me from continuing to add to my denim collection.
What kind of outfits do you wear at work?
It depends on my daily schedule. Important meeting days call for smart suits and the rest of the week is always more relaxed. Dresses are my top daily choice and I love experimenting with different coloured tights to add a touch of colour to my outfits. I would love to be able to wear jeans at work but that’s not a possibility, although it does not prevent me from continuing to add to my denim collection.
What do you wear when going out to a party or an event?
Parties are almost always an excuse to buy another dress. I enjoy shopping for occasion wear and enjoy getting ready to party. I love full length gowns and I wish I had more opportunities to attend events that require them to be worn. I guess my desire to glam up goes back all the way to my childhood and my admiration of women wearing the most beautiful long dresses.
I decided to chop off my long hair – another spontaneous decision. With the new hair came a new style.
How has your style changed over the years?
My style has changed a lot. Growing up I feel like I had other priorities dictated by the time I was living in. I became a mother at a very young age and that became my priority. I feel that for many years I concentrated on my children first, then studies and as a result of being so busy I stopped socialising and taking great care of my appearance too. Then something changed. I decided to chop off my long hair – another spontaneous decision. With the new hair came a new style. As I started experimenting with my hair going shorter, I became more confident in experimenting with clothes as well.
I believe I rediscovered myself about ten years ago and as a result of spending a lot of my time in and around Camden Town, I opened my mind and started taking in these new ideas about the meaning of clothes and the impact that our appearance has on our confidence. Although I love high streets, I must say that most of the contents of my wardrobe come from vintage shops and stables in Camden and Portobello markets.
Is fashion important for your career as well?
No, my career has no connection to fashion whatsoever. Although being part of a management team, looking smart is part of the role. We also have a very clear policy that dictates our appearance when at work.
What does what we wear reveal about our personality, our culture and background?
A lot! I strongly believe that our fashion sense or what we wear and how we look daily is strongly connected with who we are. Culture defines our way of doing things and the way we do them. We witness women of different cultures wearing traditional outfits on a daily basis.
Find time for yourself, as looking good does make you feel good, and that always results in confidence.
I grew up believing that women should look after themselves and make themselves feel good, not that they should be objectified and wear clothes dictated by media and societies perception of what is beautiful. Income plays a crucial role in a woman’s ability to afford clothes; but what I have learned is that you don’t need to wear expensive or brand new clothes to look good. All you need to do is to wear what you like, what you define as beautiful, and experiment. Find time for yourself, as looking good does make you feel good, and that always results in confidence.
How do you imagine yourself with what you are wearing in 20 years time?
I live in Camden and I have no doubt that my style will change and evolve as Camden does. Since I have great love for vintage clothes I don’t see myself making drastic style changes. I just hope I learn to wear age appropriate clothes. My grandmother used to say “clothes don’t cry, but you need to find ones that smile when you wear them”. My understanding of that saying is that there is no age limit in clothes and you have to learn to set your limits based on age, occasion and place. I see myself growing old gracefully and remaining in love with beautiful clothes for a long time.