If you’ve ever seen TLC’s What Not to Wear, you know all about stylist Stacy London’s talent for taking the fashion-challenged from drab to fab. But if baring your wardrobe to the TV masses isn’t your thing—not with those harem pants still in circulation—Dunwoody-based stylist Jenny Applegate will give you the “London treatment” in a low-profile setting.
Newly graduated from the esteemed Parsons The New School for Design, Applegate landed an interview with London last summer. Talk about pressure: Putting her style chops to the test at a What Not to Wear style workshop, her future mentor watched her every move. After passing the fashion test with flying colors, Applegate was asked to join Style for Hire—an organization made up of roughly 130 elite, London-certified stylists, who are located in major cities around the country.
Now specializing in the almighty closet audit (“That’s a keeper!” or “Ditch it!”), Applegate culls pieces clients already own to create fashionably hot, why-didn’t-I-think-of-that looks. She’ll hit the racks to scoop up the missing pieces of your wardrobe puzzle (she’ll even snap pictures of the finished outfits so you’ll remember!).
To look chic for less, Applegate recommends pieces with great fit—in structured materials like cotton or wool—and playing with color to accentuate or minimize your figure. Look hard enough and you’ll find these items at stores like Forever 21, ZARA and H&M, she says, adding, “Style isn’t about the brands or labels you wear; it’s about what makes you feel good.” We’re definitely feelin’ that! styleforhire.com, @sfh_gajenny