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How to Become a Stylist

I was recently interviewed by UpJourney on how to become a stylist. Here is my advice:

My best initial advice to someone who wants to go into styling as a career is to see everything one can: movies, television, plays, fashion shows, red carpet arrivals, etc. this is where you get your knowledge, vocabulary, and taste. Also, I suggest that you:

Learn the basics

Classes in color theory and art history are the building blocks of all good design. Knowledge of the power of using and combining colors is essential. Besides, the study of line and proportion are crucial when choosing and fitting clothes.

Do it

We learn so much by doing and can create an optimal set of skills. Go shopping with a friend, design a play or video. Working with modest resources and a limited budget teaches us how to make wiser decisions and what the most essential elements of an outfit are.

When styling an individual, take advantage by not only asking questions but also by listening to the verbal and non-verbal signals. It is a skill that will serve you well in all future.

Come up with your own theory

What do you offer as a stylist that no one else does? Replying “I have great taste” at an interview with a potential employer is not going to cut it.

You cam view the entire article here: https://upjourney.com/how-to-become-a-stylist?fbclid=IwAR3NvqqIphEqWCqoHsBub9NCIXT5UVRZVB8es2HUS8hZycdbLCEnB86q_oY

Jeffrey Banks is on NAC Chat

Have you heard about my collaboration with the National Arts Club, called NAC Chat?

On this podcast series I interview experts in various areas of fashion including design, photography, illustration, styling and costume design.

This week on NAC Chat I sit down with fashion designer and author Jeffrey Banks. We discuss Banks’ decades-long career, how he got started in the business, and what he’s working on today.

NAC Chat is available here: https://nationalartsclub.podbean.com/e/26-fashion-jeffrey-banks/

Photograph by Rose Callahan

Richard Haines on NAC Chat

Have you heard about my collaboration with the National Arts Club, called NAC Chat? On this podcast series I interview experts in various areas of fashion including design, photography, illustration, styling and costume design.

This week on NAC Chat I sit down with fashion illustrator and author of the popular blog, “What I Saw Today,” documenting the clothes and attitudes of New York’s every day trendsetters and fashion icons of all ages.

NAC Chat is available here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/31-fashion-richard-haines/id1435948748?i=1000449178192

Illustration by Richard Haines

Discovering Your Archetype

I have always considered each individual a singular work of art, possessing colors, textures and shapes that can be illuminated further by setting them against the right clothing, accessories and interiors.

If you have found your True Colors and are still not quite sure of your archetype, my best advice is to go to my Pinterest Boards:

https://www.pinterest.com/davidzylastyle/

Take a look at the boards for all of the twenty-four archetypes, and look for resonance. Narrow the choices down to three, and create your own board using my pins. Put your photo in the center of each to see which one is your best  “backdrop”. You might even share with friends or family members. Remember that you are seeking the one that connects with and illuminates you, just as the subject of a great master portrait painting is captured by the artist.

Pins featured are from Color Your Style:The Pixie.

The Sensuous Backpacker is on Pinterest

Follow me on Pinterest for inspirational pins of all twenty-four of the archetypes found in my book Color Your Style. From The Queen to The Keeper of the Hearth, you can experience the fashion, flowers, vibe, mood and colors for each of the types.

https://www.pinterest.com/davidzylastyle/