Our staffers are a chic bunch, each with their own unique spin on fashion. This month we chatted with Stylist Phoebe about her personal style philosophy.
Hands down, 3.1 Phillip Lim. They consistently produce clothes that walk the line between edgy and classic.
How did you get into styling?
When I was young and designer brands were out of reach, I found that if you are willing to hunt, you can find exceptional quality and design in clothes from the past. A lifelong love of vintage clothing was born. I have held every position imaginable in the business of sourcing, selling, and merchandising vintage finds, and while my personal style has certainly evolved as I’ve grown, I still love the thrill of unearthing vintage nuggets and breathing new life into one-of-a-kind pieces. While thrifty pieces allow you to create a look that is uniquely your own, they also present a multitude of challenges: dated fit, unflattering colors, or worse, the dreaded “I just walked out of a time machine” look. Over time, I just grew to embrace these challenges. No matter what gets in your way, you’ve just got to make the look work. Styling is the same way: pushing the envelope with what you can achieve with fashion, and thinking of creative ways to harmonize seemingly incongruous elements.
What’s your style philosophy?
We all have many facets to our lives and personalities, and fashion is a great way to express every side of you. I find I look my best when what I’m wearing reflects my current mood or state of mind, which I’ll admit, seems to vary pretty drastically from day to day. Taking yourself too seriously can derail creative flow, so just have fun with it—confidence and spontaneity create the best, unexpected fashion combinations! To me, nothing is better than an outfit that has a little wink to it. So much of that comes down to letting your sense of humor and personality speak through how you dress.
What one item in your closet could you not live without?
My Phillip Lim cutout flat booties! Let’s face it, the shoes that make you feel your sexiest, coolest, and most confident are generally the least comfortable. When you find a pair that does all that plus you can wear them every day and actually be comfortable, now that’s pretty special. I would be liar, however, if I didn’t also shout out T by Alexander Wang basic pocket tees and tanks. They feel just right whether I’m going minimalist and sporty, or balancing out a more complex palette of pattern and color. I’ve stocked up on an arsenal in black, grey, and white. I can’t remember life before.
Shop Phoebe’s go-to brand, 3.1 Phillip Lim.