We asked the women of SilkFred what advice they’d give their younger selves

We thought International Women’s Day might be a good time to reflect on just how far we’ve come. Not ‘we’ the women of the world,  but ourselves, us, i.n.d.i.v.i.d.u.a.l.s. What have we learned since putting clothing irons on our hair, GAP jumpers on our backs, and NOW 47 CDs in our discmans? As it turns out, quite a lot!

Here, some of the women at SilkFred share what they’d tell their 16 year old self, if they could sit down and ‘have a little word’. Let us know what you’d tell your younger self in the comments.

Emma, CEO

“You will graduate…  and work in a shop. You don’t know what to do with your life and right now. You’re trying to buy more time to figure it out. Don’t worry, you’re on the right path and this is the best education you will ever get. Your best friends now won’t just be your best friends in 15 years, they’ll be your family”

Also… you don’t look cool drinking malibu neat. You hate the taste, just don’t bother.”


Gracie, copywriter

“Don’t sweat the small stuff. Put your energy into things you’re passionate about and trust that you’ll end up where you’re supposed to be.Don’t let society tell you where you’re supposed to be, whether it’s in your career, your education, or your personal life. Take the road less traveled, the view is better anyways!”


Rosie, Digital Marketer

“Stop dying your hair with the special offer box dye you got at Boots – you’ll ruin both your hair and your parents bathroom walls”


Lois, brands administrator

“Your tribe is out there. Being true to your authentic self is one of the best things you’ll ever do – hold on”


Jean, Head of CRM

“Allow yourself to be more vulnerable. Doing so will be a strength, not a weakness. Also, matching your skin colour to your hair colour is not a good look (the universe made gingers this pale for a reason). Embrace what your Mamma gave ya!”

Abbey, Brands manager

“Worrying gets you nowhere. Try everything. Some things you’ll succeed at, and others you will fail at, but this is the key to finding what your strengths are, what you enjoy and what makes you happy. The key thing is to never take yourself too seriously and have a sense of humour. A big smile will always see you through. Life isn’t easy, but you are a lot stronger than you think.“


Orit, Head of SEO

“Stop fast-forwarding through every phase of your life, everything comes in due time, so in the meantime, try to appreciate the good and learn from the bad of every phase.”

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