The term DIY gets bandied around in the music world more than in your local branch of B&Q, but sometimes, just sometimes, it’s warranted. Case in point? Popstar in the making Chinchilla, who effortlessly self-produces her own tracks, makes her own clothes and cooks up the concepts for her videos. A creative tour de force, she jumped bipedally (chinchilla joke, yeah) onto the scene last year with her Awakening EP, leading to her being signed on Sony Germany’s Columbia Records and amassing millions of streams for her latest single ‘Fingers’, telling the tale of a toxic ex.
Since she’s got more strings to her bow than an octopus archer, it’s little surprise that she’s also a whizz at fashion, experimenting with outfits to concoct meticulously curated looks. “Anyone who knows me knows my aesthetic is a massive part of my identity and expression,” she told us. “Being bold with outfit choices is something that comes naturally to me and makes me feel confident, secure, and honestly just makes me feel like the best version of me.”
Her secret? Always push yourself to pull anything off. “I guess I get hungry for a challenge,” she explains, “like if an outfit on the hanger were to make someone say ‘that’s insane no one can pull that off’…enter Chinchilla.” No matter how zany you choose to go, though, always remember that comfort is king. “Comfort is very important in it all too – I can’t stand underwires on top of tight elastic around your waist and trousers that dig in,” she admits. “The majority of the time what I choose to wear is super comfortable, still extra… but comfy extra.”
We feel so in love with the concept of “comfy extra” that a) we might get it tattooed on us immediately and b) we invited Chinchilla to submit snaps for our own pet project WERKIN’ FROM HOME series, showcasing her favourite looks. Let’s go!
“Anyone who knows me knows my aesthetic is a massive part of my identity and expression. Being bold with outfit choices is something that comes naturally to me and makes me feel confident, secure, and honestly just makes me feel like the best version of me. I find it so exciting – the weirder the better, I love combining styles/ eras/ genres, I really get a vision for outfits that genuinely keeps me up at night. The same as if I get a song idea in bed and have to record it or write it down quickly – I do that with outfits and pairing things together too. I guess I get hungry for a challenge, like if an outfit on the hanger were to make someone say ‘that’s insane no one can pull that off’… enter Chinchilla. Those are my favourite kind of outfits, and I’m always up for that challenge. Comfort is very important in it all too – I can’t stand underwires on top of tight elastic round your waist and trousers that dig in… No thank you. There’s a time and a place for uncomfortable, and sometimes, don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely worth it – but majority of the time what I choose to wear is super comfortable, still extra… but comfy extra.
There is so much creativity to be had in fashion – it’s honestly one of my favourite parts of being an artist. I’ve started making my own clothing and hats when I can envisage something specific with an outfit but don’t know where I’d find it – I love doing that, it’s definitely time-consuming but it means that no one has the exact same item and that I can create exactly what I can see in my head.” – CHINCHILLA
“It’s raining PVC: I love this (faux) snakeskin poncho. I found it in a market in Estonia and honestly fell in love with it instantly. The trousers are navy blue with a yellow checked pattern on them which I chose to match the boots and hat. Boots are eBay! I made the hat out of yellow vegan leather for my music video for ‘The Lockdown Getdown’ – it gives me Willy Wonka vibes and it’s probably my favourite item I own.”
“A sea of paisley… The blue paisley shirt I’m wearing – I honestly couldn’t even tell you where it’s from. It was one of those random cheap one-of-a-kind shops in London somewhere where 90% of the clothes are awful and 10% are that thin line between awful and amazing. I matched it with some blue paisley trousers and blue boots with chains on them both from ASOS men. Love a bit of paisley. If I cut myself, I’d bleed in paisley… The captain hat is a real navy hat. It was given to me by my sister’s boyfriend – I guess all I can say about that is… it’s important to keep like-minded people around you for iconic hand me downs.”
“Burberry moment! What can I say? It was a Burberry moment (but let’s be honest not all of that is Burberry). The Burberry baby pink Mac was an eBay find – we love a bargain – it’s got that famous beige Burberry lining under the collar which I LOVE. I paired it with a Burberry briefcase (Depop) and then knock off Burberry esque trousers from a vintage shop in Amsterdam and a long shirt/dress from …. Was it H&M? The scarf on my head was a gift from my sister and the cowboy hat is an original Stetson.”
“Vegan leather apocalypse. We all love a leather look… but I avoid buying any new leather, so I’ll wear fake leather, or very occasionally hand me downs/ charity shop finds. I really love that dystopian verging on steampunk vibe too. The jacket was my grandmas, a proper old school classy floor length leather jacket – they don’t make em like that anymore! The hat I got from my favourite hat stall in Camden and accessorised it with a belt around the brim. Then I put a pinstriped satin knee length shirt over some faux leather ripped up baggy trousers and topped it with a leather cowboy fringe waistcoat- another eBay find! I’m wearing my sisters Harley Davidson boots here too… oh and obviously a gun because… this look called for a gun. It was an apocalypse after all.
The most important part of all these looks is the jewellery – before I have my hats, nails, and jewellery on I don’t feel like me. Most of my necklaces are from Dylanlex – it’s honestly the most incredible brand. I am completely obsessed with them. And my rings and bracelets all have special, very specific meanings and stories behind them!”