Posts Tagged ‘ty style me’

February 27, 2014 12:00 am

Wear It with Style! The Pastel Trend

Have you heard the news? Pastels are back in style this season! When I made this announcement around the office, I heard a collective groan from all the ladies. Pastels are tricky. You run the risk of looking like a little girl or, even worse, a giant bubblegum!

But they’re also oh so pretty, and can be a lot edgier than you think. Here’s how to get it right.

1. Go for sophistication

As I mentioned above, pastels can make you look really young if you’re not careful. To avoid that, try to stick to more mature styles and clean lines to look sophisticated rather than too sweet. For example, a pale pink pencil skirt for the office would probably work better than a full, bell-shaped skirt.

Of course, there’s always an exception to the rule! You know your style best, and if you can rock a pale pink ballerina tulle dress, you go girl!

2. Add some edge

The perfect way to tame down the girliness of pastels is to pair them with harder, or more masculine pieces. Take a look at the outfit we put together below…

How to wear pastel this seasonShirt / Boots / Shorts / Sunglasses / Blazer / Necklace

Keep in mind that the trend works best when you just add a pop of pastel, instead of giving everyone a cavity just by looking at you! We went with classic, more androgynous pieces here like the chambray shirt and boyfriend-style blazer to tone down the pretty watercolor shorts (seriously, love the shorts!). The boots, glasses, and necklace add a bit of rock and roll to the look, and definitely take it into cool territory.

3. It’s all about the accessories

Another great way to rock the pastel trend is in your accessories. This is a great way to try out trends in general, as they’re not as expensive to buy as clothing, and you can incorporate them into your wardrobe for a lot longer. Pastel necklaces, bracelets, and even sunglasses add a nice touch. If you’re really bold, go for a pair of pale shoes, too!

4. Or, just watch this video!

Our very own Style Mentor Tylar put together this great video tutorial on how you can make the most of this trend. Take a look!


November 18, 2013 12:00 am

How to Achieve a Monochrome Look

In one of our recent Style Bytes with Ty from Ty Style Me, we received some great tips for wearing the monochrome trend without looking costume-y. We love the look because it’s so easy to dress up and down, and can work for so many body types and with so many different styles. Take a look!

Aside from the two looks shown in the video above there are other ways to use the monochrome trend to your advantage…

If you’re petite – when you dress in a few similar shades of the same color you present a more unified and vertical appearance. That’s just a fact. So if you’re on the petite side always try and keep the various pieces of your outfit within the same color family. Dark skinny jeans paired with a stark white blouse will visually cut your body in half, making your already short silhouette appear even shorter – not what you want at all. Instead, try pairing dark bottoms with dark tops (we love this ensemble), and vice versa.

If you are smaller and you want to try a more dramatic look like the ones showcased in Tylar’s video, opt for vertical stripes on either the top or bottom half of your body (like this). It will help add some length to your torso. This would not be a look for you! Bold, graphic patterns will overwhelm your figure, so keep it simple!

If you’re curvy – you can dress in monochrome to either emphasize or minimize your curves. To emphasize, go with horizontal stripes in any monochromatic color scheme. But as with petite figures, I’d stick to only wearing stripes or a pattern on one half of your body – if your shape gets lost you risk looking frumpy. To minimize your curves, go the opposite and keep your colors simple and in the same family. This is a great example.

Some people worry that monochromatic dressing will look a bit dull. While that can sometimes be the case, it can easily be avoided by purchasing pieces in interesting cuts and fabrics, and getting creative with accessories. Don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun it!

Have you been wearing the monochrome trend this fall? Share your thoughts, or even links to your favorite monochrome outfits, in the comments below! And don’t forget to check out Tylar’s other Style Bytes on our YouTube channel.


October 31, 2013 3:15 pm

Job Opportunities for Fashion Stylists

Fashion is an extremely versatile career path – the possibilities are endless! With your interest, work experience, and career training, there can be so many work opportunities available to you. Take a look at the following video, where our resident fashion expert Tylar Schweickert (of Ty Style Me) explains the job opportunities for fashion stylists. Keep reading the post! After the video, we break down exactly what you can expect in each of these career paths.

1. Personal stylist

As a personal stylist, you’ll coach your clients about the fashion and accessory choices that best work for them. This position can also be called a wardrobe consultant or a personal shopper.

Duties include: Finding new clients; client consultations; creating a wardrobe plan; and making fashion recommendations. You might also purchase items in the new wardrobe and get rid of any items from the existing wardrobe that aren’t working well. You’ll also educate your client on how to maintain this new image in the future.

Job opportunities: Retailers; production studios (in television or movies); self-employment.

2. Fashion blogger

As a fashion blogger, you’ll produce regular online content and deliver it in a unique and personal tone.

Duties include: Developing and planning your internet presence; create unique content, including text, images, and possibly video; respond to blog comments and emails; research, write, and edit blog posts; promote blog posts using social media.

Job opportunities: Many blogs start out as a hobby, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have professional benefits. As a successful blogger, you could be contacted from major companies to write sponsored posts. As well, the online presence you create on your blog can help you break further into the fashion industry.

3. Fashion merchandiser

As a fashion merchandiser, you’ll work in the retail industry to create the store’s ambience and ensure all products embody the store’s brand. You’ll work closely with buyers, and in some cases may be in charge of buying.

Duties include: Communicating with the sales team; planning the upcoming season; purchase merchandise that fits the brand; creating visual designs.

Job opportunities: Mainly large retail department stores and independent boutiques, although a fashion merchandiser could also find opportunities in the growing online retail market.

4. Retail sales associate

As a sales associate, you’ll work closely with customers to select outfits that suit their needs.

Duties include: Creating solid customer relationships; assisting customers with choices; providing product knowledge; operating cash register; manage inventory; stock shelves; maintain visual appearance of the store

Job opportunities: If you’re interested in moving up in the fashion world, starting as a sales associate is a great place to learn about the industry. Opportunities are available in any major department store and smaller independent boutique.

Why not get started now?

QC Style Academy offers at-home training in fashion styling – a great first step to your exciting career in fashion. To learn more, visit www.qcstyleacademy.com today!