Stephanie Roper is the founder of The Wardrobe Angel, a national wardrobe styling service. Stephanie inspires her clients on what to take out of their wardrobes, what to put in and helps clients style themselves to achieve a truly individual look. Passionate about sustainability in fashion, wardrobe organisation and decluttering, Stephanie extends the clothing life cycle through re-style, re-using and re-selling. She also has over 12 years styling experience and has been featured on ITV and BBC Radio. So we are proud to give you the Designer Insights of Stephanie Roper.
Image Credit: 1) Mo & Co 2) Beyond Retro 3) Self Portrait 4) Denham Needle jeans 5) Style East Blog Additional Images) John Steel
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
Eclectic, vintage and elegant dressed in animal print, sequins and high heels best describes my style. I’m heavily influenced by street style and the (good bits!) of the 80s.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
To prep a new client’s wardrobe I do magazine tear sheets to create a moodboard, read relevant blogs and search Pinterest. I start to distil their style into 3 words.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
My clients! Seeing all shapes and sizes of wardrobe inspires me daily! Wardrobes should be a reflection of who we are, where we are going and what we do yet we often become bored with what we own. Seeing a wardrobe full of unique pieces and colours and showing a client how to style them more imaginatively brings me creative joy.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
I head to East London – Shoreditch, Hackney, Dalston. So much visual interest – I always see some original styling which I can translate into my own wardrobe or a client’s wardrobe.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
Hard work, dedication and continuous improvement. My advice 1) Trust your instincts 2) Have a firm goal (this makes it all worthwhile) whilst enjoying the learning from your present situation. 3) Practice saying what you want – we rarely say exactly what we want so practice until it feels normal.