The #ModernDayMuse Series – Emma Birch

The #ModernDayMuse Series – Emma Birch

Our collection is inspired by unstoppable women who are changing the game and have turned every day into an adventure! This week we spend 5 minutes with pro-disability model, body positive content creator and diversity campaigner, Emma Birch – the woman behind @sittingdownstyle.

Read on to discover more about how Emma doesn’t let her wheelchair get in the way of her quest for style, her preference for silk pyjamas and why Morocco will hold a special place in her heart!

How would you describe your signature style?

Classic, I love a feminine silhouette. I also like to incorporate aspects of quirky fashion and period clothes as I used to work in costume. I like buying vintage and having individual pieces.

What’s your go-to outfit or look when you want to feel unstoppable?

Midi skirt, black polo neck jumper and a killer pair of heels. This is my work uniform. My style must be true to me and extremely practical to withstand a day in a wheelchair and to undertake the thousands of things I want to achieve, I’m unstoppable!

Where or who do you draw style inspiration from?

Old fashioned styles, modern materials used in a vintage way. London, the streets of London are so inspiring.

What has been your most memorable travel experience?

Surfing in Morocco, I love the sea, the markets and the food.

Where would you like to go on your next adventure?

To jersey to see my family – even short trips are a massive adventure when you’re in a wheelchair. Any time with my family is an adventure as well. Then onwards and upwards, skiing, horse riding, the sky is the limit.

What’s the one item you would take with you?

Silk pyjamas, they help me move around in bed and my chair - the more expensive the better!

What’s the motto you live your life by?

‘You can never be overdressed or over educated.’ Oscar Wilde

If you weren’t a digital creator, what would you be?

I work in a museum and adore my job. If I had to choose something completely different, I would be an Egyptologist. I’m obsessed with ancient Egypt.

What’s your favourite book and why?

The Shadow In The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, swiftly followed by The Chronicles of Narnia. Never forget the books that you grow up with – they make you.

What’s your favourite restaurant in the world and why?

I don’t remember the name of it, but it was a busy, loud restaurant in Istanbul. You couldn’t order, they just brought trays of fresh fish and platters of fruit, it was perfect.

Wanderlust stories in outfits that have a tale to tell – sounds like Emma has the kind of life we all crave and doesn’t let anything get in her way…


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