Hi There..... Would you like some more advice on women's fashion? Are you ready for the next fashion stylist interview?
I can only hope that you are, because it seems like ages ago since I posted that first fashion stylist blog interview. The reviews are my priority, because I don't think it would be fair to keep shops waiting that sent me items. 😊
I don't charge any costs for publishing interviews. Yes, I am slightly crazy, but there is no need to worry. It doesn't hurt a bit. 😕
There have been some hiccups, though, because of a change in shipping policies for items coming from outside of Europe. As you can guess, I live on the inside of Europe. That reminds me of a stupid riddle from ages ago. 😍
Do you know on which side of his castle King Louis the 14th slept? The answer is... on the inside. Stupid, right? 😏
So, because of those new rules, you now have to pay extra import taxes for items according to the value and weight of the package. New rules are the best, aren't they? 😜
Certainly not, of course, but there isn't much I can do about it but warn everybody in advance. It was too late for some, but no use crying over spilled milk. The only thing you can do is clean up the mess. 🙈
Are you getting impatient? Ok, I won't beat around the bush any longer. The fashion stylist who is my star for today is Laurie Brucker Amerikaner. She is the Certified Image Consultant, empowerment stylist, author & CEO of LaurieBstyle. 😊
How old are you?
- Eeps! Sounds old, but most definitely doesn’t feel old.
What kind of work do you do, or what are you studying to be?
I am a personal stylist for real women, with real bodies and real budgets.
What made you decide to become a Stylist?
After working for 7 years in New York City as a fashion designer, I knew I had a bigger calling. While I worked full time, I began night classes at FIT studying Image Consulting.
What I loved about the program is that we learned the science of dress! And this really connected the dots for me so much. I loved fashion, but I love helping people more and with this new knowledge I could use the science of style to support people to feel inspired, more confident and empowered in their lives and careers.
Is fashion important to you? Why?
Fashion is expression! What I love about clothing and style is that it is up to the individual to create their own unique message through their outfits. Whatever your fashion is, you can own that expression as you!
Fashion gives us all an opportunity to share with the world what makes us special, different, and unique! No matter the fashion, no matter the style - when we get to self-express our true selves, we shine.
What are your successes and how did you achieve them?
I have loved each success marker in my career, from working at Glamour Magazine fresh out of college, to making my way up to the top of the fashion industry as a senior designer in just 7 years, to starting my business on my own 12 years ago and still going strong today.
Two moments really stand out in my mind. The first is when I met Stacy London and was not only trained and certified by her as a personal stylist but also was handpicked to join her army of stylists across the country. Working with her directly, and to even tour with her was such an achievement for me at the beginning of my career.
The second, is having released my first book, You are the Style! (www.youarethestylebook.com). It has been a lifelong dream of mine to write a book and I’ve tried and missed the mark multiple times before. This time was different, and I wrote the book of my dreams! It’s out now and I couldn’t be more proud of it!
Is the name of the Brand important to you when you buy clothing?
The name of the brand isn’t always as important to me as how the garment fits and how it feels. Now of course I love a gorgeous designer piece and owning and wearing those pieces always feels so special. But what makes a piece extraordinary is how you express yourself in it! So regardless of brand, if you are rocking it - then I’m here for it!
Describe your personal style of clothing?
My personal style is eclectic, creative and definitely chameleon like! I love color, print mixing and just dressing happy.
How did you find your personal style? Do you have a signature look?
My signature look has changed over the years! My personal style has been my love story for myself and all the expressions of me.
In what way do you influence other people’s clothing style?
What I inspire and teach in my work is for women to wear clothes that make them feel confident, whatever that may be. If it’s jeans and tee’s, then great! Let’s make sure it fits your frame appropriately and style you to feel good!
If it’s sequins and glam, let’s flatter your beauty body and style you to shine every day!
As a public figure, I strive to inspire women to dress happy. To wear clothes that make them glow from the inside out. To live and breathe their own brand or style.
What are in your eyes the best trends at the moment?
Fashion trends are always a subtle (or not so subtle) response to what is happening in the world. And I am loving how fashion has been translated out of these changing times. The bold color combinations, the exuberance of sequins and glam, the infusion of draped dressing and comfort wear as everyday style. For me the trends of right now are just a pre-cursor to what lies ahead. All out fashion expression for all! Life is too short to wear boring clothes.
What are in your eyes the worst trends at the moment?
We’ve been seeing a resurgence of early 2000s fashions and having already lived through that time area, wearing its fashion to the fullest extent, I can with confidence say - this was my least favorite fashion era!
What kind of fashion advice would you give us?
Having style is so much more than fashion, brands and clothes. Style is about you and how you shine. So when styling yourself, it’s important to ask, am I wearing this for me? Does this outfit make me feel like badass? Does this work for me and my current frame? Most importantly, when I pass by a mirror to look twice and say - who is that fabulous woman? Now any outfit like that which can evoke those powerfully positive and confidence buying feelings is what we all should strive to wear every day.
Who is your style icon and why?
I am a forever fan of Lady Gaga. What I love about her and her style is that she is so unapologetic about who she chooses to be each day. Every style transformation is shocking, and she owns each exuberant choice. We all should live and style with that credo. Be you, unapologetically. Style you, fearlessly. Live with love and acceptance for who you are, what you are, where you are.
Is there something else you would like to share with us?
I am so proud of my new book You are the Style! An Every Girl’s Guide to Getting Dressed Building Confidence and Shining from the Inside Out. I wrote this book to re-write the negative self-talk script that so many women do and inspire a new way of thinking, living, and being. All in style.
As I mentioned, style is so much more than fashion. When we release ourselves of the expectations, the rules, the do’s and don’ts, we can free ourselves to be and style however makes us the most happy! If we all would live, feeling happier every day, imagine how that could change the world. It’s all possible!
Photos by Shelly Waldman. https://www.shellywaldman.com
That is some sound advice, so thank you Laurie for taking the time to answer my questions.
Check out this link if you are curious about my previous blog post interview with a Fashion Stylist
Hope you like my blog.....Until next time.....Have a nice day