Local freelance wardrobe stylist wants more individuality within the modern fashion scene besides overworked trends.
Freelance fashion stylist, Anne Marie Thompson, is calling out for more individual style to take a leading role, saying popular culture driven trends are overdone.
“The trench coat trend is the one I love the most, as well as the mom jean look. I think Kim K trend is overdone. Where is the individuality?” She explains.
The 27-year-old has been a helping people look their best and inspiring them to unleash their inner creative, care-free attitude for the past two and a half years.
Determined to spread the power of unique style to all fashion-forward enthusiasts, she continues her garment-directing mission, in hopes to style even more bloggers, YouTubers, and beyond.
“I would describe my style as limitless and carefree.” The Birmingham-based powerhouse said, “I don’t like to categorise my look.
“I dress the way I feel and love to experiment. I don’t strive to look a certain way. I am a creative person and I feel my fashion sense expresses that at times.
“Style to me means, expressing yourself, being creative and not taking yourself too seriously. There is a You-tuber by the name of Shameless Maya. I stick by her motto ‘Do you boo!’”
Anne always had a low key devout admiration for fashion and styling. Originally stemming from playing dress-up in her “Mama’s wardrobe as a child”, where she enjoyed getting ready for occasions with her.
“Fashion is something I fell into.” She adds, “It is a part of who I am. I started to pursue styling professionally after a photographer encouraged me to look into it after a shoot we had worked on together.”
Not long after she immersed herself into the blogging world, starting up her own little space on the internet: Annes Fashion Flair.
“I started with posting my looks on Instagram, I felt like people enjoyed looking at my outfits.” She elaborates, “It motivated me to begin blogging.
“I chose to jump on the YouTube band wagon too because not everyone likes to read, so producing video content felt like another way to reach fashion enthusiasts.”
Her creative history also consists of being a dancer for a large sum of her life and living in London, before heading her way up to the second city to branch out and establish her brand further.
“Being a wardrobe stylist in Birmingham is a lot different to the bigger cities like London.” She says, “There is more opportunity in London to work with industry clientele, however, working in Birmingham means that there is less competition in terms of work.
“Which I enjoy due to the fact that working in Birmingham allows for clients to recommend me because of how smaller Birmingham is. Everyone knows everyone, so to speak, it’s friendly.”
Anne has already styled the likes of blogger, model and YouTuber, Miss Breeny Lee, and collaborated with other clients in the online fashion world, ensuring every stylising session is tailored just right for the client.
Above: Miss Breeny Lee
“I always start with a consultation to make note of what it is the client wants to achieve. We work together on achieving that. Lots of options is always key!” She adds.
“I would say my styling stands out against others because of my creativity. I have a care-free way of delivering great looks.
“The main challenge I find as a stylist is ensuring the client is happy and providing exactly their requirements in a short amount of time.”
It’s clear throughout her alluring and dynamic personal style she draws her statement inspiration from sub-cultures and street-styles, especially during London Fashion Week, with her fashion icons including fearless artists: Rihanna and Solange.
“I always love to attend London Fashion Week. That is the main event I prepare for. It’s always fun to meet new people, see the latest designer shows.”
Anne’s top three style tips:
For those interested in breaking into the fashion industry Anne has some advice for all aspiring designers out there wanting to break the mould:
“Fashion is a difficult world to break into. My advice would be to, stay true to you, develop a thick skin and make as many connections as possible. Don’t be afraid to ask and have a signature thing to set you apart from everyone else!”
“I plan on collaborating with other bloggers and YouTubers. I have a lot of things in the works that you’ll have to stay tuned for!”