Friday, 13 July 2018
25 Examples of Jan Leeming Being a BBC News Fashion Icon
For many years, all I knew about Jan Leeming was that she briefly appeared in the 1985 Roland Rat Christmas special Roland's Yuletide Binge. When I got a little older I discovered that she had been a BBC newsreader. And, many years later, after trawling through innumerable VHS tapes of old TV recordings, I realised just how fantastic a newsreader she was. Blessed with an innate calmness, yet complemented by an authoritative air, Leeming delivered the news with all the chutzpah of a classic BBC newsreader.
However, what I also noticed with all this old footage of Leeming was that she was an absolutely amazing dresser during her tenure on the various 1980s BBC News programmes. Versatility was the key to her style success as she mixed polka dot blouses, knitwear with embellishments going in all directions and even dungarees. It's easy to mock 1980s fashion, but Leeming always pulled it off with consummate ease. Whilst Princess Diana may have been getting all the plaudits for her fashion sense, Leeming was matching her at every step.
And, to celebrate this sartorial elegance, I decided to gather together 25 examples of Jan Leeming being a BBC News fashion icon.
So, it should be evident to anyone with even an ounce's worth of taste that Leeming managed to pull of every single one of these outfits. They're no doubt helped by her fantastic hair and the iconic aesthetics of those ancient BBC News studios, but even if you removed these factors, these frocks, jumpers and blouses would still be beyond compare.
Let me know which of them are you favourites in the comments below!