Have you seen our great ‘Remix Your Style’ video starring Alexandra, a stylist we have worked with on our past two photo shoots? We want you to get to know Alexandra a little better, so read on to find out more about her, what it’s like to style with American Eagle Outfitters, and how to break into the styling industry.
Before you were a stylist, you worked at InStyle as a fashion assistant. What made you interested in styling?
I learned so much at the magazine, but knew I was ready for the next step. I love being on set. As a freelance stylist, you have the opportunity to meet and work with so many different interesting and creative people, brands, and magazines. I love how every day is different.
Have you always had a passion for clothes and fashion? How did you discover it?
YES! I have always been very particular about what I wear. Clothes are fun! It’s the thing I most look forward to every morning. I’m always happier when I’m wearing something I love.
What advice do you have for someone who wants to enter the fashion industry, especially as a stylist?
The best way to break into the industry is with an internship. You learn how a magazine or brand operates, and you begin to understand what you like and don’t like. If you work hard you will gain valuable contacts who can help you with your career along the way.
What is the biggest misconception about being a fashion stylist?
That the job is only about clothes! A stylist’s job is so much more than just choosing the looks for the story. You work with the photographer and hair and makeup teams to create a story that is beautiful and enticing to the reader or customer. You also have to do a lot of coordinating… getting the clothes to set, making sure the garments are being worn properly, keeping track of the product… it’s a lot of details!
What has been the coolest place you have ever traveled for work?
I love going to Paris, so I feel fortunate to have been able to travel there for work. The town of Sayulita, Mexico where we shot the AE Summer 2013 campaign was really cool. It was a colorful surf town with the best tacos!
What do you like most about working with AE?
The team is so positive! Everyone really loves the brand, and many people have been there for years. Everyone at AE is so welcoming and great to work with.
Where do you find your inspiration for your life and your work?
Definitely travel. I’m fortunate that my job takes me to so many places. I love going to a new place and checking out what people are wearing, doing a little shopping, going to restaurants… it’s all very cool and inspiring.
If you could style any person, who would you love to work with?
That’s a hard one. Maybe someone that I see on the street who could use a little pick me up! I like helping people to make them look and feel their best.
What is next on your life ‘to do’ list?
To continue to grow as a stylist, continue to travel, work with smart and creative people, and learn from each project.