Today’s post comes from Erin Jelinek, a favorite friend and stylist in Atlanta who went shopping for me at Tulipano, a fantastic store in the heart of Atlanta’s Buckead community. Erin helps us all understand the value of having a stylist and shares some pieces that YOU may like to have for fall. From Erin….
Last week, I had the privilege of shopping for Barbara McKay, one of my dear friends. Barbara and I met years ago when I worked in fashion in Charlotte. We reconnected when I moved to Atlanta several years ago. She comes to Atlanta regularly to visit family and I love being able to see her when she does. I was thrilled when she asked me to pick-out some new pieces for her for fall. Let me start by saying, Barbara has fabulous style and always looks put together. Anyone who knows Barbara or follows her on social media, knows this! So shopping for Barbara may have seemed like a daunting task.
But I love shopping for clients! It is one of my favorite things to do. Often the clients who seem least likely to need a stylist are the most fun to shop for. I have clients with a wide variety of reasons for wanting me to shop for them. Some need a professional eye to help determine the best styles and colors for them, while others simply don’t have time to shop or just don’t like to shop.
Even the most stylish clients can benefit from a stylist’s help. A stylist can expose them to latest trends, colors and designers that they may not see. It’s human nature to gravitate toward the same designers and styles that we know are going to work for us, but then our wardrobe could start to get a little predictable. That’s why I love helping clients find new opportunities to expand their wardrobes while staying true to their own innate sense of style. That was the challenge in shopping for Barbara!
I started by heading to Tulipano, one of Barbara’s favorite stores and rightfully so. The store carries great finds from designers such as See By Chloe , Tibi, and Petersyn, just to name a few.
I took pictures of a few of my great finds for Barbara and am excited to share them with you! You may see something you would like to own.
The first is a copper pleated skirt By Malene Birger paired with a short sleeve black top by Sea New York. What is great about this outfit, specifically for Barbara, is that she’s short-waisted, so the tie emphasizes and elongates her waist. This outfit is also great because the top can be dressed down with jeans for a more casual look. The skirt could be more casual with a tucked in t-shirt and worn with ankle boots.
I found a leopard print jacket by Frame and black ankle Tibi pants. I know Barbara LOVES animal prints. She wears them as neutrals, something I always share with my clients. A pattern does not mean it can’t be a neutral. This jacket can go with denim and many other colors. I want my clients to be able to wear their purchases with multiple items in their closet to get the most out of their wardrobes. A professional stylist can help you shop wisely.
Stripes and ruffles were so big in spring and they are still going strong this fall, so I had to get something for Barbara that showed this style. Petersyn is one of my favorite designers for this look. I love how easily this top pairs with See By Chloe jeans. The jeans have a fabulous fringe trim, which is on trend this fall. I know Barbara likes to have a little interest in her jeans, so this fit the bill. And you can never go wrong with a crossbody bag like this See By Chloe. It goes with everything and is practical because you can be hands-free if needed.
The last look I found was a little outside of the box for Barbara. I picked out a pair of culottes, which I know is not a style that Barbara necessarily loves. I know it’s not something she would like to wear on a regular basis, but I wanted to show it to her, especially because the Sea New York pants were mauve, another great neutral color. Like the animal print jacket, Barbara would be able to wear many different colors with the mauve culottes. I paired them with a See By Chloe ivory crochet sweater with a beautiful ruffle detail. The sweater is so feminine and can be worn in many different ways! It can be paired with jeans for a casual look to tucked into a ball gown skirt for a formal event.
My fabulous finds for Barbara are all great transitional pieces for fall and can take you into winter. This has been such a fun project for me and accentuates one of the reasons I love my work as a stylist! I got to help a lovely friend with an impeccable sense of style herself, and was able to help stretch her a little bit to expand her wardrobe with some incredible and versatile pieces that will be a part of her closet for years to come, further strengthening her self-confidence and sense of personal beauty.