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5 Questions with Lisa Riley

Category Fashion
Published 4 December 2017

5 Questions with Lisa Riley

Great fashion for everyone We pick the brains of the brains behind Just Be You: Lisa Riley!

Lisa has worked with Ideal World for over a year now and her collections are loved by ladies of all shapes and sizes. She created her ‘Just Be You’ range to overcome disappointment in styles previously offered to her on the high street. Each piece of clothing mirrors her fun and vibrant personality and after sharing her extraordinary weight loss journey with the nation, Lisa is making women everywhere feel glamorous with her stunning clothing collections, exclusively at Ideal World.

We were lucky enough to catch Lisa and ask her some questions!

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Ideal World: Hi Lisa, we love having you here at Ideal World! What inspired you to create your ‘Just Be You’ clothing range?

Lisa Riley: Before taking part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2012, I confided in my Mum and I told her how nervous I was. Her response was ‘they’ll love you. Just Be You’. No one should feel alienated through size and it should be banned from fashion in my opinion. I used to be a size 28 and I am now a size 12 - the aim of the Just Be You range is to allow anyone of any shape and size to feel confident, sexy and beautiful, no matter what! You have a God given right to feel fabulous!

IW: Do you receive messages from ladies who have purchased items from your collections?

Lisa Riley: I receive hundreds of pictures from ladies who have bought my garments and I never ever tire of seeing how fantastic they look. I absolutely love reading every single message that is sent to me … please keep them coming ladies!

IW: What makes this collection so special?

LR: This collection includes vibrant colours with it being the party season! It’s time for ladies to wear what they want, when they want and this collection has a little bit of everything! Ladies are listening to me … let your personality shine through your clothes!

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IW: Lisa, can you give us some of your top shopping tips?

LR: I have a few top shopping tips to share that make everything seem easier when shopping for that perfect outfit!

I always look for items that make me feel confident that can be dressed up or down. That way, I can wear my favourite piece to any occasion and know I always look fabulous! One of my favourites is the Just Be You Tuxedo Trouser. You can go from wearing them with flats through the day before matching with heels and a clutch at night! The perfect ‘from desk to dinner’ staple piece!

Knowing the colours that work for you is important as the right colour in the right place can work wonders! Look at the Just Be You Crepe Duster Jacket for instance … it comes in red, black and mocha, making it a garment that is suitable for every occasion and one that works for every lady out there! Also, when it comes to sizes, numbers aren’t relevant but the fit is! My Just Be You collections are designed to make you look and feel elegant and self-assured yet always comfortable!

Finally my most important tip is Just Be You! Enjoy looking and feeling fabulous and make the mirror your best friend! Don’t just accept the compliments, but embrace them! You deserve it!

IW: What have you been up to since we last spoke to you in April?

LR: I have had such a fantastic year so far and have been extremely busy and loving every minute. I can’t wait for everyone to see the BBC drama, ‘Age Before Beauty’ coming in 2018. It was written by Debbie Horsefield (Poldark, Cutting It) and I have absolutely loved being a part of it! I have my book, ‘Lisa Riley Honesty Diet’ here at the end of the year which I am extremely excited about! I get to share my weight loss journey tips and prove that if I can do it, anyone can! I was also lucky enough to be a part of the BBC drama ‘Three Girls’ this year, which shocked the nation and is now up for a number of television awards. Plus my documentary ‘Lisa Riley’s Baggy Body Club’ aired on ITV in September. My most recent venture is playing Mother Nature in Jack and the Beanstalk which is so much fun and really getting me excited for Christmas!

I just want to say a huge, huge thank you to all of you. I am so appreciative and want each and every one of you to know that from the bottom of my heart. Please keep the pictures and comments coming because I love seeing how fantastic you all look and feel! Remember what I said … You have a God given right to feel fabulous!

Thanks Lisa, don't forget to check out her amazing range!

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by TV star Lisa Riley