Stylist from Birmingham based in London.
I never really had a keen interest in fashion until my late teens, it was then that I discovered the joys of putting together outfits well, choosing the right colours and making sure that individual pieces work well within an outfit. Since becoming interested in fashion and style I have started working towards a career within the industry. I worked as a freelance stylist for 6 months. During this time I assisted more established stylists on high profile shoots for brands like MISHKA and also worked as lead stylists on shoots for various photographers.
I feel like the most vital thing to know about style is that it has to be personal. People can tell and will appreciate your clothing and fashion choices much more if they can see that you are comfortable in them and that they are your own. It’s good to keep up with trends and use these to influence your personal style but don’t live by trends. They don’t last long and are always changing, true style is timeless whereas what’s in fashion and trends aren’t. Trying to keep up with them is a losing battle. Style is all about personification, the clothes you wear personify the person you are. So it is important that you dress in a way which really shows you and your personal taste.
Brands are ultimately unimportant. A white tee shirt is a white tee shirt, regardless of whether or not it’s Prada. Someone with style can take unbranded items and make them look just as good as those from the most world renowned brands. It’s all about how you wear them; people appreciate personal style a lot more than they do brands logos littering your outfit.
Money can’t buy style, whether you have the funds or not is not an issue, your personal style will shine through regardless of the price of the clothes and the brands you wear. However knowing about quality is important and sometimes quality is worth paying for. You don’t need to have the latest design line fresh from Parish fashion week, but spending money on great quality clothing that will last you years is definitely a sound investment. It is good to give yourself basic knowledge about fashion too, this is not essential but it definitely helps. Knowing which colours work together, against your skin tone and for your shape, learning these things will help you refine your own personal style into something that can be appreciated by anyone.
So really all I can actually say is that you should be happy in what you wear. Pay attention to fashion and be influenced by it, It’s there for that reason. However don’t live by it, you’ll never keep up and you’ll lose your own personal style in the process.
Styling: Nathan Walcott
Photo: Sam Travis @samxtrav
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