Tell us a bit about your style…
Flo: Mine’s a bit all over the place, I’d say its boho mixed with rock chick.
Shiraz: It depends how I’m feeling or where I’m going, one day I want to look classy, the next I might want to look edgy.
How would you describe River Island?
Flo: Unique, colourful and vibrant
Shiraz: Sophisticated, classy and unique
What’s your best memory of wearing RI?
Flo: I’d graduated from university and had been for interview after interview to no avail. After a particularly disastrous one where I was rethinking my whole career choice, I met my mum in London and we went to River Island on Oxford Street for a shopping spree. It was in that moment I had a bit of an epiphany – you can only be who you are and dress to that effect. Forget black skirt suits, I wanted to wear hot pink trousers, floral blouses and loud blazers. Now, I’ve landed my dream job as a primary school teacher – my class calls me Shiny Miss Hayles thanks to a pair of glittery ankle boots I got from River.
Shiraz: Mine was a few years ago – I wore an amazing grey checked River Island suit for my prom and it made me feel so confident. I got out of the limo and felt like a celebrity, everyone was looking at me. All of my friends commented on it – even some of the mums!
How does River Island make you feel?
Flo: I often wear River Island when I’m teaching and I always feel comfortable wearing it. I wore those pink trousers for the first lesson I ever taught and knew they’d catch the children’s attention because they were so bright. It worked [laughs].
Shiraz: Confident – I know it’s always going to fit me well and I’m going to look good in it too.