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Why Hire a Fashion Stylist?

Stylists are NOT just for the rich and famous. I have been running my business for close to 15 years working with regular folk who either just don’t have time, need a (fashion) helping hand, or both. People always ask me who my clients are and the answer is simple: Ladies and gentleman (yes, guys have stylists) that understand the benefit of having an expert curate what they put on their body everyday. You have a hair dresser, you dream of an interior designer, you love a great make up artist, why not a fashion stylist? AND, how much does it cost to hire a professional?

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Does your closet look something like the one below? Most people have some level of mess going on in the deep, dark parts of their closet. Marie Kondo has created an organization craze that is really just based on one simple idea, if you don’t LOVE it, get rid of it. I have preached this for many years and apparently should have written a book about it so I could be rich and famous. Damn. Your closet should bring you joy. You should walk in and hear angels singing, not screeching babies. The idea is to actually WEAR everything you own and know where it is located. I am the knowledgable heavy hand that encourages you to purge and organizes things in a logical way.

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First step, the closet consultation. Do you dream of walking into a paradise of organization AND having someone make a shopping list specific to your wardrobe needs? I can make that happen!! This paritcular closet is a great representation of what you should aspire to. It focuses on things being organized by style, then material and finally, by color. This is the most intelligent way to catalogue your clothing because it is also the way you will style yourself…. By style, then material and finally by color! No one wakes up saying, “I feel like purple today”. I work with my clients to think in this format so getting dressed in the morning is not a dreaded activity.

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Next up, shopping. NEVER have to do this by yourself again. Why? Because I do it for you. This is where the huge time element comes into play. A lot of my clients don’t want to spend their free time shopping, never mind trying to find specific items. They often tell me they come home deflated, feeling like they lost the battle, ending up with things they don’t love, won’t wear and spent WAY too much. Working with me= this never happening again! I pull the clothing, based on the shopping list I created, before the client even gets to the store so it is all waiting in the dressing room. Yes, I do love a department store because everything is under one roof, but I mix in discount designer shopping (without them) and throw in a little on-line stuff for fun.

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What do I buy you might ask? Well here are some basic foundation items that almost ALL of my female clients own no matter what their size, profession or socio-economic background. These Loeffler Randall booties are an amazing basic shoe. They will pretty much go with everything and are comfortable, the most important variable. Obviously they are little pricey, but shoes are something I always suggest people splurge on. The Frame skinny jeans seem scary to a lot of people. Believe it or not, skinny IS for everyone. You can style them differently based on your body shape. If you are wider in the bum, add a longer shirt and tall boots. Super skinny gals can wear them with flats. The Helmut Lang blazer is basic and simple. Look for a single breasted style that hits at the waist or just below. You want this blazer to go with everything from dresses to jeans. The Whistles leather jacket is an investment piece. A black leather bomber is a fantastic item because you can layer it in almost any fashion situation. With a cocktail dress or jeans, this thing is worth it.  The Ted Baker dress is your base item to build off of. A black sheath can be styled and re-styled over and over and over….. Top it all of with this Rebecca Minkoff tote and your look will be complete. You really only need ONE good carry-all that literally carries all you have. Make sure the color is neutral and there are plenty of pockets so you are not searching for things.

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Now for what I like to call the cherry on top of the ice cream sundae of your outfit, accessories. This is the time to have fun, not put too much thought into it and really just find things that speak to you. Show off your personality and build a collection that will bring joy to future generations of yours. You already own the foundation clothing items, you literally cannot screw up accessories because you will always have something to pair them with. Gold or silver is your own preference. I LOVE this House of Harlow ring and DVF earrings. Simple and funky all at the same time. The bangle set is a must, it will literally blend in with all of your jewelry making it a foundation piece in the accessory world.  The pendant necklace and Vince clutch are good examples of adding a pop of color. You can make your outfit sing just by adding one of these items. Finally, the nude pump is made for every lady. It elongates your legs AND goes with everything. Who doesn’t love that?

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The finale of this whole shabang is the styling session. I have cleaned out your closet, organized your wardrobe, shopped till we dropped and now it is time to put it all together. This people is the fun part. The entire experience builds on itself meaning, you can’t get to step 2 without accomplishing step 1. People always ask if they can cheat and the answer is yes, but it won’t be the best, most useful experience ever. I need to know what is in your closet before I can create a shopping list. I need to buy the right items for your wardrobe before I can properly style everything or there will be “holes.” You get the idea.

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I put together looks and photograph them so you literally never have to wonder what to put on again. I have been told this is what heaven looks like. You wake up, scroll through your pictures and pick out what you want to wear. I tell clients to pick an outfit based on 3 things: What is the weather, who is your audience and how do you feel that day? I usually put together up to 60 looks in one styling session so you should have plenty to choose from.

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Now I feel I have finally answered the question “Why hire a fashion stylist?”. You  have experts for everything else in your life, what you wear defines who you are whether you like it or not. You are your own brand and people are making a judgement about you within the first 7 seconds of meeting you. How much does all this cost? Stylists charge all different ways, hourly, a day rate, commission, etc. They can start around $50 per hour and run upwards of $800 per hour. Remember, you get what you pay for. If they are seasoned experts, they are going to cost more! The most important element of hiring a personal stylist is to not only like their styling, but also to like them. You will be spending a lot of time with this person, get ready for some fashion fun with your new fashion best friend!

How to Wear Printed Pants

Printed pants are a huge trend this season. They are a fun way to add variety to your summer wardrobe and update your last summer season’s colored pants. I rocked some printed pants (event) but paired them back to a white blouse to keep them more subdued. I added in some colored accessories that go back to the colors in the pants to tie the whole look together. photo 5

 You can transition printed pants into the cooler months as I did here. Wearing them with a solid long sleeve and fur vest is a way to winterize a summer style.

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Clearly I love my cheetah print pants because here I am wearing them again! This time. it’s the fall and it’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. I made the look a little more edgy and daring because of the occasion. An army green blouse and denim vest funk up the pants and the more jewelry the better!photo 6

Going back to summer looks, we have some bold floral printed jogger style pants. The jogger pant is everywhere this season and can be transitioned from daytime to nighttime very easily. This look is more casual for daytime with a simple white t-shirt and brown sandals but can quickly be dressed up with heels and a blouse!

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Another alternative for the printed bottom trend is a pair of jeans. These pants are a good option if you’re looking for a more fitted pant. This particular pair made by 7 For All Mankind has a lot going on in terms of colors and large print so I would definitely stick to a white top but you pick a top with a fun ruffle silhouette to mix it up. Finish the outfit off with a pop of white in your shoes and a light pink bag.

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With so many prints and patterns out there for you to choose from, you’re bound to find something that suits your fancy!

 

Summer’s New Silhouettes

 This summer you can fill your closet with new, fun silhouettes that can add some variety to your wardrobe. I wore this crop top outfit out in South Beach because well in South Beach the less you wear, the better right?? I kept it classy by pairing it back to a form fitting pencil skirt for a night on the town.

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A huge summer staple this season is the full jumpsuit. For the HOT  NYC weather choose a shorts style jumper, but a full leg option is great for a cooler night (wishful thinking:). This is from Forever 21 and it is my “travel outfit”. It is light weight but has full coverage so I am not freezing on the airplane. Note to readers: I do not promote buying tons of cheapie clothing, but the occasional purchase is good for the soul.

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More of a flirty summer silhouette is a colored maxi skirt. This piece can be easily worn during the daytime or out to a nicer dinner. To dress it down pair it with a simple t-shirt and long necklace or to dress it up with a blouse and heels. photo 10

Wide leg pants are a MUST this season! Not only are they super comfortable but they are a practical piece to have in your closet. These printed wide leg pants are fun for work or play. I like to keep it simple by pairing them with a casual t-shirt that everyone has in their closet, a delicate gold bar necklace, and some caged stacked heels.

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If you want something a little more fitted, stick to a tapered printed pant. These pants you can also pair back to a t-shirt and a gold bracelet. During the summer, I love to add a pop of white with my accessories. With this outfit, I chose a white fold over clutch and white slip on wedges to complete the look.

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Something very daring to try this summer is a pair of crochet wide leg pants. This pair made by GUESS is perfect for your weekend getaway or just a fun day at the pool. These definitely will help keep you cool because they are see through ! 

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So now with various options for new additions to your summer wardrobe, it looks like you need to go shopping and check out these fun new silhouettes!

Summer Denim

Denim is the easiest go-to piece in almost any wordrobe, even for summer!! I literally have a heart attack when I see people in dark, skinny jeans when it is 100 degress, so here are some other less terrifying options… I am kind of obsessed with my denim short overalls. They are an easy throw on outfit that you don’t have to really think about but is still super cute and fun! I am almost too old for this trend, but I decided I just make the cusp:)

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Another version of the denim overalls can be seen on the trendy Sarah Jessica Parker. She rocks the full length look so well because she is slender. If you’re going to try this look, I would only recommend it for those who are long and lean. We are obviously not as small as her, but you should have less curve going on for this look.

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Another big denim trend this summer is the distressed boyfriend jeans. They’re great for a both a casual daytime look and nighttime look. Pair them with some Vince slip on sneakers and a lightweight sweater for during the day or a blouse and heels for a dressier nighttime look.

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Who doesn’t love a good pair of white skinny jeans for the summer. They can be worn with almost everything and add a little variety to your standard denim. Pair them with a color blouse  for a pop or stick to a more neutral black and white palette and you’re good to go! Yes, I added Birks, even though I don’t love them,  because they are functional for running errands or just being on your feet all day.

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 Flared denim can be cute if worn the right way and on the right body type. Obviously Victoria Beckham looks great in flared jeans because shes so slender, but she also pairs them with sky high heels to make her legs look longer. Rule to live by: If you are under 5’5″, you need to wear some sort of heel with a wider leg pant or you look short and squat. Over 5’5″ can get away with a flat and wide leg pants.

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So no matter what your body type is there is summer denim for you!

Images courtesy of dailymail.co.uk and fabsugar.com

July 4th BBQ Style

Dressing for July 4th doesn’t have to be a hassle at all. Most likely you are spending the holiday with friends and family on a beach or outdoor BBQ so your outfit can be something casual and cute. This amazing Catherine Malandrino dress is clearly not what you would wear to a backyard BBQ but if you are feeling bold this would definitely put the spotlight on you. catherine malandrino dress

One outfit idea is a simple white maxi. Using white as your base color allows you to have fun with your accessories. These American flag printed TOMS help show your patriotism on this holiday. Pairing this look with a fedora and neutral satchel is a good way to complete your outfit.

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Another outfit option is a romper. This red romper keeps you patriotic but is still practical to wear after July 4th. The American flag sneakers keeps the outfit casual and comfortable. And what’s cuter than tying your whole outfit together with red sunglasses!

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 If you’re going to a pool party or spending the day on the beach why not stay festive by wearing an American themed swimsuit. Choosing white accessories will make your suit stand out and you’ll be the talk of the party!

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So no matter what your fourth of July plans are, you will have an easy time picking out an outfit. Just remember to be comfortable, stay cool, and show your patriotism!