#TeamCoco Editor-in-Chief Laura Bartlett and Fashion Editor Hannah Tan-Gillies were whisked away for a stylish afternoon filled with plenty of laughs and pre-loved designer duds with fabulous ladies of The Pod Online. Here’s what went down…
Founded by the incredible Cat and Alex, who bring together decades of luxury retail experience, The Pod Online is a North-Yorkshire-based personal styling service that offers the very best curation of pre-loved designer goods.
In addition to their impeccable personal styling services, Cat and Alex also help women detox their wardrobes by offering fashion advice and streamlining their collections. They also offer private personal styling parties, where you can gather your girl squad for a day of trying on various designer clothes over some bubbles. We honestly can’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon.
Without sounding too much of a cliché, it’s not an exaggeration to say that Cat and Alex have a ‘passion for fashion’ which breathes life and joy to everything they do. The Pod Online makes personal shopping fun and does away with the oftentimes intimidating pretence of luxury shopping.
#TeamCoco Editor-in-Chief Laura Bartlett and Fashion Editor Hannah Tan-Gillies are two very different women, each one with a very distinctive personal style. Both #TeamCoco babes approached the experience with completely different perspectives – but left it feeling more confident, more stylish, and 100% more fabulous.
Editor-in-Chief Laura Bartlett
If I’m completely honest, I was really apprehensive and nervous about spending a day with Cat and Alex, purely on the basis that I have spent my entire adult life believing that designer clothes wouldn’t fit me. Having honed in on my personal style over the years and as someone who falls in to the ‘plus size’ category, I wouldn’t have believed you if you’d have told me I would be walking away from this day with a Balmain dress feeling better than I had in a long time.
The whole day was way more fun that I anticipated and the selection of clothes that had been pre selected were so me! Not only did I walk away with a bag full of designer buys, but my confidence was through the roof and I hadn’t laughed like that in a long time. Meeting Cat and Alex was a breath of fresh air, not once did I feel outside of my comfort zone and walking away with a Strenesse Cape and Malene Birger was just the icing on the cake.
Fashion Editor Hannah Tan-Gillies
I’ve always embraced fashion and I think my personal style is quite unique. I love taking lots of fashion risks and can’t resist a statement piece. I always like to incorporate something ‘unusual’ or ‘unexpected’ into my looks, like a crazy printed coat, a massive hat, mixing and matching various textures, prints and silhouettes.
Coming to the experience, I honestly didn’t think that Cat and Alex could pinpoint my personal style as perfectly as they did — and just based on an Insta-stalk too! They prepared six outfits for me, and without a shadow of a doubt, I would have put all those outfits together myself if given the chance.
We started off with a couple of casual day looks featuring a Victoria Beckham top and some biker boots, and then a Whistles trench coat, Loewe bag and Jimmy Choo combo. Both looks were easy to put together and would not be out of place in my existing wardrobe, yet also offered up an elegant yet understated perspective to my style.
Cat and Alex then ramped up the style-ante and put me in a blue printed Peter Pilotto shift dress and Miu Miu heels which was a perfect date-night ensemble. They followed this with a stand-out deep green floral printed Megan Parker coat and Dolce & Gabbana shirt combo – which was my absolute favourite look of the day.
Next up, was a more glamorous bohemian dress and fur-vest look, matched with an oversized hat from Lack of Colour and ACNE boots. As an added flourish, Cat and Alex styled the printed dress over a turtleneck – which is one my go-to autumn style hacks. My final look was all about comfort and cosiness and featured a dark pullover with some olive green Axel Arigato trainers.
Six looks, six completely different styles, six different versions of me — and The Pod Online absolutely nailed them all. Safe to say I came home with armfuls of pre-loved designer pieces that I now cannot live without.
- Joseph Flowered Silk Shirt £120 available at The Pod Online
- Balenciaga Flared Trousers £100 available at The Pod Online
- Miu Miu Crystal Embellished Sunglasses £95 available at The Pod Online
- Charlotte Simone Sass Cap £40 available at The Pod Online
- Saint Laurent Small Sac De Jour Bag £1,100 available at The Pod Online
- Vita Grace Leaf Embellished Slides £95 available at The Pod Online
- Isabel Marant Dickey Boots £195 available at The Pod Online
- C/Meo Collective Ruffle Sleeve Dress £60 available at The Pod Online