Her thoughts on dressing for the weekend, aging gracefully, and fashion faux pas.
You’ve probably seen her revamping dated wardrobes on TLC’s What Not To Wear or whipping her gorgeous mane to and fro in Pantene commercials, but TV host and author Stacy London is now bringing her style expertise and spunk to Westfield malls across the country. We caught up with her at Westfield Plaza Bonita’s Style Tour, where she dished to us about dressing for the weekend, aging gracefully, and the biggest fashion faux pas.
On Style For Hire: Style For Hire is a result of what I have done on What Not To Wear and shines a light on an industry that people didn’t realize was available to them. I have trained the Style For Hire stylists in my philosophy and psychology of styling, which is that it is 100% a collaboration with a client. We are not telling them what to do; we are helping them discover who they are. Style should be something you plan for the same way you hire a financial planner or an interior designer because it is an investment in yourself.
On San Diego style: San Diegans are influenced by the fact that it’s a very healthy city and there’s just something cheery about being in the sun, which is evident in the tendency toward more skin, more print, brighter colors and more body conscious pieces.
On personal style in the professional world: Dress in a way that expresses your self-respect, self-worth, and self-esteem. Wherever you go and whatever industry you go into, this can only help you, it can never hurt you. It is a tool that is at your disposal, use it.
On wardrobe essentials: I recommend a leather or faux leather jacket to toughen up an outfit. I also love suits because they give you this metaphysical comfort that you have an outfit in your closet when you feel like you have nothing to wear. In terms of universally flattering pieces, A-line skirts, bar none. Whether you have a small waist, big hips, or if you’re straight up and down, an A-line skirt gives you the shape that you want and can camouflage any flaw.
On adapting personal style to age: As you age, quality is infinitely more important than how many pieces you have in your wardrobe. This narrower focus starts to make more sense of your personal style. One of the great things about aging is experience, and part of experience is self-knowledge. At that point, know your style, stick to it and own it.
On how fashion can empower you: Recently, I have been influenced by collections from Rick Owens, Maison Martin Margiela and Helmut Lang and how these designers are dictating culture. As people are affected by the recession, fashion is usually influenced by the way people feel. This time, high fashion decided to take the reins and say “Let’s infuse joy, let’s create happiness, and let’s make fashion a refuge.”
We began to see floral, lace, and peplums showcasing a forgotten lady-like sensibility. I embraced it and all of a sudden I was wearing big flowers and mixing prints like crazy. I am loving girly looks, and that was so not me a couple of years ago.
On the biggest fashion faux paus: Certainly inappropriateness, whether it is in the workplace, or on the weekend. 75% of your style decisions should be all about you, 25% should be based on your surroundings. Dress in a way that says you respect the people around you. As you age, the more skin you show, the more you tend to look like you’re objectifying yourself. Don’t dress in a way that makes your self-worth look as if you believe it is completely tied up in your physicality.
And don’t forget the weekends. Many people think, “Well, I’m not working and therefore I’m beholden to no one.” I don’t want to see you in pajamas at a supermarket! I got dressed, and you should too.