Legs Talk: Donna Ida
She maintains that the denim jumpsuit or boiler suit is the best outfit to get you out of the door looking perfectly put together and on-trend in a matter of minutes. And as the queen-of-the-beautifully-cut-jean Donna Ida knows what she’s talking about. We make no secret of our complete admiration for Donna: re-inventor of denim for the woman who works and plays in jeans, she founded the Donna Ida brand having struggled to find jeans that she truly felt comfortable in. Now look! We have the jeans of our dream, cut to suit every figure, as a wardrobe staple. All it took, as is so often the case, was a woman on a mission. That done, she’s embarked on a new project, restoring a beautiful west country hotel with her husband, the king of hospitality, Robert Walton MBE. Here’s what she told us about her walking habits for this episode of Legs Talk.
WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE WALK AND DO YOU PREFER A COMPANION (DOG, FRIEND, CHILDREN, ETC) OR GOING SOLO?
I walk from Langdon Court down to Wembury Beach and along the coast. I love to go solo as no one can keep up with me! We now have 3 x Shiba Inu’s and I bet they would love it. I’ll take one of the girls with me soon to test the waters!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE JEAN STYLE? / WHAT ARE THE MOST FLATTERING JEANS ANYONE CAN WEAR? / WHAT DETAIL MAKES A PAIR OF JEANS A COMPLETE NO-NO FOR EVERYONE (ie stitch colour, pocket size etc)?
There is no one shape for everyone, because we are all unique! That is why we have so many jeans shapes at Donna Ida and the girls are busy giving personalized advice which customers really love. For me I wear the Rizzo, Kate and Minnie. Jumpsuits are another big one for me. I wear Dolly, Sophie, Opal and Cassandra.
WHERE HAVE YOUR LEGS TAKEN YOU TODAY?
They have been pacing my dressing room all morning while I work my phone. I prefer to work standing up.
WHAT ARE YOUR BEST TIPS FOR EASING BLOAT/PUFFINESS?
Dry skin brushing and zero wheat and sugar.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR LEG CARE ROUTINE
I dry skin brush before my morning and evening bath, and moisturise in the evening. I use Gatineau tan accelerator in the summer. I wax regularly too, I have an appointment every 3 weeks for all waxing and really like to stay on top of my beauty regime.
WHAT SONG MAKES YOUR LEGS HIT THE DANCE FLOOR?
Good question. I like to be in bed by 7 or 8. I am rarely near a dance floor these days and am listening to a lot of classical music at the moment. I do have a play list for walking though, Shine Like It Does by INXS always makes me happy.
WHO IS YOUR LEG ICON/LEG ROLE MODEL?
My friend Fiona Rubie has the most amazing legs, she’s my leg icon.
WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL MOST CONFIDENT ABOUT YOUR LEGS (BODY CARE, EXERCISE, GREAT PAIR OF JEANS ETC)?
All of the above. Keeping my weight at the right place is key for me. Lots of walking. A light tan.