Today’s guest blogger on “What Style Means To Me” is personal stylist Jonathan from the blog Jonnystylist. Jonathan is another Twitter family member of mine that I have yet to met but we tweet each other pretty much daily. With so much diversity among the guest bloggers, no two answers are the same when it comes to style. Johnathan’s take on what inspires him as stylist and what style means to him comes from a very honest place. And like Vanessa’s blog post, I learned a little more about my Twitter brother 😉
My interest in fashion started at a very young age. As a young boy growing up in a house with two older sisters who were very much into fashion and style, that had a huge impact on me. I think my sisters subscribed to every fashion magazine on the planet back then. There were always copies of Vogue or Glamour lying around the house when I was a kid and these were the pre-internet days so print magazines were gold when it came to keeping up on my area of interest (they still are for me even if I mostly buy digital versions now). I was always drawn to the beautiful photography in those magazines, whether it was a photoshoot or designer ad campaign. I think that’s where everything clicked for me that fashion and style is really just moveable art.
My interest in fashion continued throughout the 90’s into the early 2000’s and 3 years ago a friend of mine convinced me to think about pursuing a career as a personal stylist. She said I was an excellent shopping partner and had a great eye for putting outfits together, so I spent the next year doing tons of research on fashion and style. I basically read every book, magazine or fashion resource I could get my hands on while learning the terminology of necklines, dress styles and which ones flatter different body types. Knowing these fundamentals are key to being a great stylist.
When I’m out shopping with a client and we see a pair of heels, I’m immediately putting together complete outfits in my head based on what she already has in her closet. It’s like making a collage, finding the right stylish pieces that perfectly compliment each other to bring together my vision for my clients. I truly believe that personal style is art.
Jonathan – Jonnystylist