Learn more about Julie’s inspiration and amazing taste… and why she’s the muse of many of our co-workers.
This post comes from our Junior Art Director, Stephanie!
This week’s Office Style features the woman with the most coveted closet of anyone in our web studio. With a blend of truly unique vintage finds and bold statement pieces, her style clearly reflects her limitless creativity. I was beyond excited to find out more about her role at Free People and how she has perfectly curated her closet.
Describe your positon at Free People.
I am a Flats Stylist Assistant — I style products like accessories and intimates for freepeople.com. With higher price-pointed items, we have more fun, styling them out with special lighting and cropping to make them really shine.
What is one thing about your job most people don’t know?
There’s a lot of fishing wire, tape and wax involved! Surprisingly, it takes a lot of work to make things look good.
If you could only wear one color for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Green, because it’s both energizing and calming. It calms my soul, plus it’s so flattering on so many different complexions. I love hues like moss green or chartreuse!
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I ever read was the antidote to paranoia. It’s the idea that the world actually conspires for your benefit and that people innately want to help you achieve your goals. Working in such a competitive industry, it’s easy to think the world is against you…but keeping in mind the philosophy that the universe works in your favor, even inadvertently sometimes, helps to keep me positive and secure that whatever happens in the end is for my benefit.
What is your favorite part about your job?
I love collaborating with so many people. Sometimes I can get some really kooky ideas, so it takes someone else to edit me. It’s so important for me not to work in a box and to challenge my ideas with others. There are so many creative people here, so that makes that really easy to do.
What is the most challenging part?
The most challenging task I have is bringing static objects to life. At times, it can get rudimentary and monotonous so using creativity to get out of the static helps.
How would you describe your personal style and why?
Anything but basic.
I love fashion and clothing as an expression of my creativity. Life is too short to wear a t-shirt and jeans every day. I just love taking old things and making them new. I thrift everything I wear because being unique is very important to me.
When picking an outfit, do you plan it the night before or morning of?
Both, depending on my mood. If I feel like I want to play dress-up, I’ll have fun with it. For example, if I’m really inspired by something I’ve just thrifted, it’ll come to me fairly easily and I’ll create something new. Most mornings, I just grab pieces from my closet and build an outfit. I never allow myself more than 10 minutes to get dressed or I overthink it.
What is your trick to scoring great vintage pieces?
You can’t be afraid to go into the scary and weird places no one goes. I don’t like shopping at overly curated vintage shops. My favorite vintage stores are the hidden gems no one has heard of.
What is the one thing in your closet you can’t live without?
I’d like to think that I could live without any particular piece of clothing I own because of their ephemeral nature, but I can’t seem to ever get rid of my mother’s dresses or my dad’s old tees and cutoffs. They mean more to me than any trend or fleeting fad.
Thank you, Julie!