City girls are top of the shops for style

THE best way to update your wardrobe instantly is with accessories

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  • The Ortak girls know how to turn on the style
    The Ortak girls know how to turn on the style
  • The Ortak girls know how to turn on the style
  • The Ortak girls know how to turn on the style
  • The Ortak girls know how to turn on the style

THE best way to update your wardrobe instantly is with accessories

And the staff at Scots jewellery firm, Ortak, know a thing or two about that.

The Orkney-based retailer specialises in handcrafted designs, from silver pendants to stunning bangles.

RACHEL LOXTON asked staff from the St Enoch Centre branch of Ortak to share their style and accessorising secrets.

AMY FRASER, 24, Sales Assistant, Helensburgh

"I would describe my style as quite casual.

"I think you can improve any outfit with really great accessories.

"Also, nothing beats a bit of vintage.

"I love going to the West End for the great selection of vintage shops.

"Zara's great for something smart or casual, I always manage to get a great pair of shoes from Office be it heels or flats.

"Urban Outfitters is for something different - I love their T-shirts.

"I always seem to find something in River Island and can't go wrong with a wee Primark bargain.

"I love the vintage shop Mr Ben, too."

"The last thing I bought was a pair of New Balance trainers, from Office, which cost £54.99.

"Glasgow style is so varied, from people following the latest trends to more arty unusual looks.

"You always see something different.

"I admire Fearne Cotton's style, she has her own look and always has amazing, different jewellery."

TOP STYLE TIP: "Be unique. There's nothing better than seeing someone with an individual style or their own twist on latest trends."


Black dress, £15.99, New Look

Shoes, £64, Office

Necklace, gift

Silver bangle, £125, Ortak

Casio watch, Urban Outfitters, gift

Rings, gifts and vintage

Opal ring, £140, Ortak, left

Earrings, £4.49, Forever 21

LAURA THOMSON, 18, Sales Assistant, Bearsden

"I would say that I have a very 'high street' look.

"Working and studying in Glasgow, I am constantly shopping on the high street, looking at and buying the latest on trend styles.

"My favourite shop is Zara, because they always have the latest trends and quality clothes at great prices.

"I also love Forever 21 and Topshop.

"My last purchase was a tartan shirt from Topshop for £34.

"The style of people in Glasgow is truly diverse. Lots of people, from students to office workers, males and females are very on-trend.

"However, there are others who choose comfort over style.

"I admire the style of the TV presenter Laura Whitmore. I am a big fan of her fashion because her style is so effortless.."


"Keep it simple.


Jacket, £25.99, H&M; dress, £40, Oasis; necklace, £5.99, Primark; shoes, £25, Garage; Rings, Ortak and gifts; bracelet, £110, Ortak Pin-Up collection, pictured above

TRACEY MacPHEE, 41, Store Manager, Renfew

"My style is very mixed depending on the occasion.

"I like to dress smart and everything has to be matching and I do try to keep up with latest trends and styles.

"For me, shoes and bags are a must when choosing an outfit.

"I buy a lot from Next for work, because everything is a good price and lasts.

"I also love TK Maxx for designer bargains.

"Again, most of my choices are based on affordability and value for money.

"When it comes to special occasions, nothing beats Monsoon, and I always go there first if I'm going to a wedding."

"I got a real bargain yesterday from USC, it's a simple long, black, fitted Firetrap dress and was an absolute steal at only £10.

"We are so lucky in Glasgow. I've shopped in some great cities, like New York, London, and Rome - and I genuinely believe Glasgow is just as great a place to go.

"There is such an amazing variety of shops and stores to suit all needs and what's great is that they are all close together."

"I don't really admire any one person's style, I just tend to compliment different people's looks.

"I lovethe 1950s because it was a very glamorous era and everyone took such pride in how they looked."

TOP STYLE TIP: "Don't get too hung up on fashion and sizes. Not all trends suit all people; you don't have to spend a fortune to look good - it's all about the fit."


Cream dress, £29.99, H&M; tan shoes, Manolo Blahnik, a gift; silver pendant, £235, Ortak, pictured left; bag, £130, Folli Follie K Vintage Tassle

Sharon Edgar, 38, Assistant Manager, Lochwinnoch

"I like to be comfortable but also like to look good, so my accessories are important.

"Matalan and Marks and Spencer are great for work clothes because the sizes are perfect for my shape.

"I like Ralph Lauren for casual wear - again I go for comfortable but I like it to look good. House of Fraser is my favourite for glam clothes.

"The last thing I bought was a black dress from H&M. It was a bargain buy at £7.99 and a really nice fit.

"Glasgow is fabulous for style. There are so many varied styles in the city. A lot of the customers who come in to our store travel from all over Britain to shop in Glasgow because the city offers so much more choice.

"I am very much an individual when it comes to style so I don't have a style icon. But I would have loved to have been around in the 1950s because it was such a classy era for woman."

TOP STYLE TIP: "Always wear clothes that accentuate your shape, if you feel good you will look great."

SHARON IS WEARING: Green dress, £49, Vila; black shrug, £10, George at Asda; shoes, £25, Matalan; bag, gift, pictured left; necklace, £149, Ortak; bracelet, £181, Ortak; earrings, £52, Ortak.


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