Wardrobe Confessions: Lois Muir

Lois Muir
Lois Muir
Former Silver Ferns coach and current Netball New Zealand president Lois Muir could be addressing a group of school children one hour and heading to a glitzy award ceremony the next. Lea Jones discovers how the busy 73-year-old arranges her wardrobe to suit all occasions. 

How would you describe your wardrobe?
Conservative probably. And it has to be feminine and functional.

Has it evolved over the years?
It probably has. In the early days when I was coaching I had to leave my boys with a Karitane nurse, so there was never a lot of money left over for clothes . . . I'm still careful with what I buy. I like to buy things that can mix and match.

Describe your wardrobe.
Black with a bit of colour. If I wear black on top I like to have a bit of colour showing underneath.
I need things that I can wear to a meeting, then perhaps just change the top so I can go straight to a dinner. And with travelling a lot, I don't want to have to iron.

Whose style do you look up to? I haven't got anyone I look up to. I'd feel sorry for somebody if they had a similar body shape to mine!

Who are your current favourite designers? I don't really know many of the New Zealand designers. There is an Australian brand I like called Mirrors Women.

What is your favourite item of clothing? I do like scarves, but it would be probably be a nice soft denim jacket. And I like linen . . .

What are your favourite shoes? A plain dress shoe with a not too high a heel and a slightly tapered toe; something I can stand and talk in for long periods of time.

Your favourite accessory? I'm quite partial to handbags. I call mine the quartermaster's store.
It has to be big enough for my A4 diary. And if I'm at a meeting and someone has a cough or something I always have something in my handbag for them.

What was the last item of clothing you bought? A top. It was light and see-through and could be worn underneath or on top. Quite pretty.

What was your best fashion bargain? Everything I buy is a bargain. I'm not really frivolous in my buying. I've got to really feel I could use it and really want it.

What was your biggest fashion mistake? People who dress like me don't make big mistakes. But, the most embarrassing thing I can recall is when I was recovering from two broken arms and I had an awards ceremony to go to.
I couldn't wear a bra because I couldn't get it done up! I was determined to go so I wore a skivvy underneath and a loose top over it. I'm sure no-one even noticed!

A fashion tip?
You've got to know your own body and you've got to feel good in what you wear.

A beauty tip? Look after your skin. Treat yourself to a good moisturiser and a good night cream.

What would you buy if money was no issue? There's nothing that I really want. I'm quite happy with my wardrobe.



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