What’s In Your Wardrobe? Abby Howells

Recently, we got to peek inside the closet of one of Dunedin’s up and coming acting talents, capping show star and style icon Abby Howells. Abby is no stranger to the Otago campus; she directed the most recent capping show (‘The Wizard of Capping Show’) and tutors theatre classes. Not only did she win a place in the Fortune Theatre Studio 4 x 4 Young Playwrights Initiative, but one of her plays ‘The Crash’ has been shortlisted for the Auckland Short + Sweet Theatre Festival. However, Abby isn’t always backstage; her most recent acting highlights include an impromptu performance for the Wellington Fringe Festival and this year’s ‘Orientadium’, in which she performed in front of 2500 students – that takes some guts! Last but certainly not least, Abby was proud of winning the ‘Best Comedy’ prize at the 2013 Dunedin Fringe Festival for leading her all-female comedy collective ‘Discharge’. When it comes to style, Abby is a great example of how to look amazing without spending a fortune. She showed us some of her quirky but feminine looks and shared some interesting anecdotes behind her style.

Abby wears a pinafore dress from Belle Bird, jacket bought online and shoes from Wild Pair.

Abby wears a pinafore dress from Belle Bird, jacket bought online and shoes from Wild Pair.

Abby fell in love with this gorgeous satin dress as soon as she saw it, and wore it to the post-capping show party. She had to win a 2am online bidding war to get the shoes while, at the same time, trying to finish her honours dissertation (in film and media). The effort was well worth it and the shoes look perfect with her dress.

Abby wears dress from The Cuckoo's Nest, one of her favourite shops.

Abby wears dress from The Cuckoo’s Nest, one of her favourite shops.

 

The brooch was given to Abby by her mum.

The brooch was given to Abby by her mum.

Abby loves all things vintage and wished she had lived during the 1950s when the emphasis was on femininity and elegance particularly the obsession with gloves and hats.

Abby wears a playing cards dress bought online and an op-shop cardigan (only $2.50). Abby loves op-shopping!

Abby wears a playing cards dress bought online and an op-shop cardigan (only $2.50).
Abby loves op-shopping!

After a couple of busy days performing at the Wellington Fringe Festival, Abby needed some retail therapy, so she visited Swonderful Boutique (on Cuba Street) and came away with this beauty!

Tea time: Abby certainly knows how to match prints. Her horse print shirt from Wales is teamed with a bird print skirt.

Tea time: Abby certainly knows how to match prints. Her horse print shirt from Wales is teamed
with a bird print skirt.

 

Abby's pinafore dress from Topshop teamed with a shirt bought online makes the perfect tutoring outfit for theatre class!

Abby’s pinafore dress from Topshop teamed with a shirt bought online
makes the perfect tutoring outfit for theatre class!

 

Smoking hot: Abby and a friend from her theatre troupe bought matching smoking jackets, hoping to wear them to a ladies night.

Smoking hot: Abby and a friend from her theatre troupe bought matching smoking jackets, hoping to wear them to a ladies night.

Recreating her iconic look: Abby and theatre buddy Trubie-Dylan Smith gave a recent performance called ‘Trubie and Abby Are Just a Bit Worried’. Audience members put forward their life problems for the dynamic duo to solve through impromptu acting.

The Wardrobe

The Wardrobe

Thanks Abby. It was so much fun raiding your closet!

 

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