How To Impress Me: Millie Mackintosh

The tv star-turned-designer on chat-up lines, theme parks and Tinder

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You may be familiar with Millie Mackintosh through your girlfriend's obsession with a certain reality TV show, but there's more to the 25-year-old than meets the eye. Did you know, for instance, that she married rapper Professor Green in 2013, or that as the heiress to Quality Street, it's her grandparents you've got to thank everytime you're stuck for a Father's Day present or nip out for a 3pm Toffee Crisp or Caramac?

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Now focusing on fashion, Millie met Esquire for a quick drink to discuss rollercoasters, the downside of Tinder and why running trainers with jeans are always a bad idea.


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There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a guy coming up to a girl, as long as it doesn’t make her feel like embarrassed or intimidated. But, if someone just walks up to you in the street, it can be a bit like ‘don’t follow me’.

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I’ve never been a fan of really cheesy chat-up lines, like that one ‘Is that a ladder in your tights or the stairway to heaven?’. Just go straight in say ‘hi can I buy you a drink?'

I went on a date with a guy wearing really bad running trainers with jeans. He made it quite clear that they were part of his style and it just put me off. He later turned out to be a massive arsehole.

I would cook a guy steak with truffle chips, and chocolate brownies for dessert. But to impress me you should cook seafood spaghetti.

Humor is the most important characteristic a guy can have. Being made to laugh makes you feel comfortable and that’s really attractive.

A beard is a good look. I prefer unshaven to clean-shaven. I think hygiene is important, but it doesn’t really bother me if a guy uses face wash or not. I don't care if he’s obsessed with his skin.

Aftershave needs to be subtle. I like Acqua di Parma. I think it’s nice if you can smell it when you go in for hug, but you don’t want to smell it across the table.

If a guy was interested in theme parks and crazy adrenalin-junkie stuff that would be brilliant. Ideally, in a relationship, you should have all the same interests but live separate lives some of the time.

My ideal getaway? I think Istanbul is perfect for culture, but for beach breaks I’d recommend Ibiza. You can go there for a party but it’s also nice just to relax.

Pets are important. We don’t necessarily have to like the same dogs - we can try to meet in the middle - but guys need to like animals for sure.

Flowers go down well as a gift, but then they die. Diamonds are also good. But that can be quite creepy. With diamonds there’s a pressure that there’s something expected in return.

I hate that whole ‘he hasn’t called me, he hasn’t text me’. I constantly have this with my single girlfriends like ‘oh god we were meant to meet up and I haven’t heard from him’. It’s really stupid and I’ve never been into that.

I just wouldn’t be on Tinder. I think it’s kind of gross when people use it just to hook-up. It kind of takes any romance away from dating.

I think you notice a guy’s general presence first over what they’re wearing or how they’ve done their hair. A person’s aura is important.

Millie Mackintosh’s SS15 range is now available at millie-mackintosh.com


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