This month marks 3 years since I started my journey as a personal stylist and even though it’s still very much a part-time endeavor at this time I wanted to share how I got my start and developed such a passion for all things fashion. I hope after reading this post you will understand why I get more excited about bags and shoes than most girls I know and why I can’t live without my September issues!
My interest in fashion started at a very young age. As a young boy growing up in a house with two older sisters who were very much into fashion and style, that had a huge impact on me. I think my sisters subscribed to every fashion magazine on the planet back then. There were always copies of Vogue or Instyle lying around the house when I was a kid and these were the pre-internet days so print magazines were gold when it came to keeping up on my area of interest (they still are for me even if I mostly buy digital versions now). I was always drawn to the beautiful photography in those magazines, whether it was a photoshoot or designer ad campaign. I think that’s where everything clicked for me that fashion and style is really just moveable art.
My interest in fashion continued throughout the 90’s into the early 2000’s and 3 years ago a friend of mine convinced me to think about pursuing a career as a personal stylist. She said I was an excellent shopping partner and had a great eye for putting outfits together, so I spent the next year doing tons of research on fashion and style. I basically read every book, magazine or fashion resource I could get my hands on while learning the terminology of necklines, dress styles and which ones flatter different body types. Knowing these fundamentals are key to being a great stylist.
When I’m out shopping with a client and we see a pair of heels, I’m immediately putting together complete outfits in my head based on what she already has in her closet. It’s like making a collage, finding the right stylish pieces that perfectly compliment each other to bring together my vision for my clients. I truly believe that personal style is art.