I have made more poor styling choices in my own personal style history than I can fully recount here. There’s just not enough time to tell you about all the horrible things I’ve worn over the years. So many bad jeans, so many bad haircuts. I’ve been all over the map style-wise and I have been blown back and forth by the worst trends like a small ship at sea.
So how does it come to be that I am now helping run this women’s fashion blog and also starting a second career as a wardrobe stylist?
I don’t know honestly. Like all amazing things, it has happened little by little and with the help of some very good friends.
My style has been growing up silently and steadily alongside me, and I feel like it’s finally an adult. It’s old enough to buy cigarettes now. And it’s sorta kinda cool, go figure.
As opposed to my photography career – where I was looking for experience – with my styling, I want chances to communicate my voice.
But it turns out that finding my voice as a stylist is actually the biggest and toughest question I am trying to answer about myself as an artist right now.
Currently, I’m only taking on projects that inspire me and give me the freedom to answer that question.
I love these images from a recent collaboration with my incredible friend and photographer Ashley Kelemen. I love the way Ash sees and translates things through her lens, and I love how Stephanie Lynn brought passion and life into the wardrobe I chose for her. Mad props to Lucy for a killer job on hair and makeup. How epic is that braid you guys?
Alongside creating my first capsule wardrobe , becoming a stylist is pushing me to define my brand, and define it well. It’s tough to learn how to communicate the things I am innately drawn to.
As I look through these images I notice a few things that are helping me draw some conclusions about what my brand is about.
TEXTURE : That coat is everything! I love that the texture is playful, unexpected, and bold. I like textured statements pieces. I’m more drawn to texture than pattern. I get tired of patterns easily, but a good textured coat seems timeless and classic while still being bold and fun.
COLOR: The thing that excites me about the images with the skirt (it’s actually two skirts layered on top of one another!) is the way the tones really harmonize with one another. I love the subtlety of the muted tones and how they seem to complement the movement and draping of the skirt, whether she’s sitting or walking in it, it all flows. It reminds me of the colors of a sunset dancing on the water.
SIMPLICITY: We settled on some bold wardrobe and hair choices, so to balance those out, I chose very minimal accessories. We did some shots with Steph in some pumps with the trousers but I loved the simplicity of her bare feet even more. I also love the simple black tank with the skirt, it feels effortless, and that’s important to me as well. I never want it to feel fussy.
To distill it all down, right now I would say my brand is about :
Simple, polished styles that utilize color, texture and movement to tell the story.
I think part of what excites me about styling is that as I grow in this, I can continue to refine what it is I’m all about. Hopefully this series can challenge me to articulate the things I’m learning, and it can be a help to anyone learning to refine their brand and their voice as an artist.
It feels way more vulnerable for me to expose this process as opposed to my life as a mom – where I’m quick to admit that I’m mainly a hot mess in that arena. So here’s to the adventure, and not having all the answers.