You would probably think as a Photo Stylist I would dress really "stylish" going to work on photo shoots - I don't! (lol) I have developed over years of styling my "signature/capsule" wardrobe. It's sorta plain - but I have my reasons. Here they are:
Wear Dark Clothing (Black/Navy)
Light clothing shows dirt more (& photo studios/location work can get dirty!) Also, brighter clothing can be picked up on camera, when you are close to set.
Quick story: I once worked in a Studio with many Stylists. One Stylist hired was new to working in a Photo Studio (She came from retail, where she did home styling) She was very stylish and fashionable and one day wore a bright florescent dress to work. She looked great - but a bright dress reflects in a Photo Studio, and fellow stylists told her in a not so pleasant way! :( This is the reason I have workshops/summits and talk about life as a Photo Stylist - to let new/aspiring stylists know what to expect and learn about the styling business in a positive way!
Dress in Light Layers.
So you have control when it gets hot or cold. I love a long cardigan! It's my "go to" and it has to have pockets. (I always need something on set, a tool, etc. that I need to have on me - so it's great to have pockets!) I've tried a "fanny pack" type of tool belt, but it's just too bulky for me.
Yoga Pant. They are very comfortable and they can be dressed up when you wear a cardigan. As a Stylist, my day consists of going up and down ladders, on floors, etc. and jeans or other pants can be restricting, so a yoga pant is perfect!
No Jewelry. When working with any kinda of fabric items, (drapes, pillows, napkins, etc.) it's possible your jewelry could snag on fabric - so to be safe, I never wear jewelry on set/location.
Shoes with no laces. No time to tie my shoes as a Stylist! (lol!) I always wear a loafer that matches my skin tone. It comes off/on easy, if I have to step on seamless paper to put booties/socks on and it's comfortable/safe for all the work you do as a Stylist - like climbing ladders, etc. This is where I feel I can show some stylish personality. Maybe a animal print, polka dots, etc. - but still a loafer.
If I am going to an interview, client meeting, or a production meeting for a styling assignment, I do dress differently. My "go-to" is a dark wash jean, white tee and a really nice blazer in a dark color (Navy or Black) I do wear heels and jewelry to meetings. (Heels are always closed heel and toe) At meetings, I feel I can show a more stylish personality. I still stay casual, because it is fitting to a styling job. (So, I would say it's "upscale casual" or "smart casual".)
These are my "go-to" stores for my "working wardrobe".
These are my suggestions and what I am comfortable wearing. I feel all the above items gives you a put together, polished, (classic) stylish look that you would be comfortable working in all day. You want to look put together, but also ready to work!
What are your "go-to's" for wardrobe?
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