… Clue – Blake Lively is her own stylist! In Hollywood, all the big names have their equally as popular stylists – Selena Gomez has Kate Young, Taylor Swift – Joseph Cassell, so it is pretty hard to picture a celebrity without a helping hand. However, Blake Lively who usually finds herself on the “Best Dressed” list of every event she goes to, manages to get it just right, without any advice.
The 30 year old American actress is her own stylist, and even does tasks that a stylist would do, such as going to fitting to alter her extravagant red carpet outfits, and talking to designers personally. Though she blames it on control issues, she has a brilliant perspective on what makes her look and feel good, and certainly doesn’t dress for anyone else. The forever-dreaded fear of a star wearing an identical outfit to your own doesn’t happen to Blake, because her outfits truly represent her. She’s not wearing a designer for the sake of it, or to promote them. She told WWD, “I love design and I love fashion and it’s a way to be creative”. And that, she certainly is.
I think Blake’s way of dressing herself, and the process behind it, are something we can all learn from – on a fashion point of view, but also business. Here’s how she manages to dress herself to perfection.
As I mentioned earlier, Blake loves fashion for its creativity and innovation – she is a true fashionista, which is most likely why she is one of the familiar faces in the Front Row at Fashion Week. She doesn’t send a stylist or an assistant to see what’s “in”, she goes and discovers what she likes, she dislikes, and keeps a record of what she thinks could work for her, depending on the occasion. When you are truly passionate about the industry, this doesn’t seem so much of a chore, but pure bliss!
To be fair, everyone has heard of Blake Lively, but she doesn’t rely on her name to get her red carpet wardrobe. Like any business person, Blake networks with designers, and has struck up personal relationships with them. She has been known for her humility and kindness, a reason why designers are queuing up to work with her. This has been to a great advantage when she has spotted a striking outfit that she has loved, or when she has thought of a bespoke piece she wants to be designed for her. Her Met Gala 2018 gown took over 600 hours to make, but thanks to her rapports with Versace and their hard work, she pulled it off, and she had the most spectacular look of the evening. She truly looked like a queen!
We say this time and time again, but don’t be afraid to experiment. Fashion is supposed to be fun, and if you feel like wearing something – just do it! At a Barneys x Tod’s event earlier this year, she took a risk and wore a velour tracksuit (hello 2000s) and Tod’s buckle boots. Something that on paper, may have intimidated many, but Blake pulled it off. How, I hear you ask? Because she was proud of her look, and was fierce and sassy – qualities that we all need to pull off a striking outfit. Then of course, the hair and makeup were spot on – it glammed up the outfit, and contrasted perfectly with the laid-back vibe of the ensemble.
From one glance at her Instagram, you can see that her personal style ranges from glamorous red carpet vixen to laid-back-meets-tomboy. Though this goes back to experimenting, it also goes to finding her personal style. Finding it doesn’t mean just fixing on one inspiration, but can boast several. Her style is eclectic – she is rather like a fashion chameleon. She can pull off relaxed street style, but that doesn’t mean she can’t be sophisticated when she wants to be.
One of the reasons why Blake hits the “best dressed” list every single time is because she is very classy. Even with a plunging neckline, she manages tobalance the look out so well that it doesn’t appear vulgar or cheap. Let’s go back to her Met Gala ’18 look – perhaps the reason why she was the best dressed that evening was because of the balance of flesh and gown, in an artistic way, rather than some of her fellow celebrities, who showed a lot more skin. That always divides an audience!