Stephanie Allaire isn’t afraid to stray from the crowd. Her unique, bold style shows both her confidence and success in the fashion world. She stands as an individual who will always go with her gut. With this mindset, she finds herself climbing the latter in the fashion world. We admire her style and attitude towards the industry. Find out how she does it below!
What’s a day in your life consist of?
A typical day in my life starts at 7 am. I check my emails, my instagram, and my blog to make sure I’m up to date on everything. I grab coffee and head to work around 8:30 (I just started a new job so I haven’t quite figured out my daily work routine yet!). After work I’ll either head to the gym or head home, figure out what look I want to shoot that night, and when my boyfriend gets home we take photos on the roof. I start editing, choosing my favorites, and planning out my instagram and blog posts for the week! Then we usually nightcap with some wine and netflix (is there a better way to end a week night?)
Favorite spots in San Fran?
I have a ton of favorite spots in SF, but if I had to narrow it down to neighborhoods I would say Hayes Valley, Lower Haight, North Beach, and SOMA (my neighborhood).
What’s your signature accessory/ piece of clothing?
My signature piece of clothing is most definitely my faux leather jacket from Zara. I swear I have to keep myself from wearing it every day! It was such a good find, great price and great quality (everyone thinks it’s Saint Laurent). It just gives any look that elevated touch and a little edge. Basically you need to go out and get one right now.
Was there a turning point when you knew you were meant to be in the fashion industry?
I’ve known I wanted to be in the fashion industry since birth, I swear! I went through many excruciating fashion phases in my preteen and teen years, but I always knew I wanted a career in the industry. I got into FIDM and immediately started my journey from there. The highlight of my career so far is getting to go to a Chanel runway show in Paris last October. I will never forget that day.
Who’s your biggest inspiration in the fashion world?
Well, Kate Moss has always been number one for me as far as fashion icons. She’s the epitome of cool. I have to say Kendall Jenner is killing the street style game, I get inspiration for outfits from her all the time. My favorite fashion blogger icons are WeWoreWhat and Chiara Ferragni, but I love to find fashion inspiration through instagram, pinterest, and just walking down the street.
Black and dark burgundy
You’ve been in the industry for a while, how long? Any words of wisdom to those trying to make it in the fashion world?
I started in the fashion industry in 2006!! My first “fashion” retail job was at Abercrombie & Fitch. After FIDM, I immediately started at Nordstrom in the Visual Merchandising department and my career took off from there! My words of wisdom are… find what inspires you, make new connections as often as possible, dress for the job you want, work your ass off, and don’t give up.
Something your followers would be surprised to hear about you?
Hmm.. that I went to South Korea with my dance team in high school to perform at the Jeju Fire Festival.
“Fashions fade, style is eternal.” YSL
Biggest challenge you’ve overcome?
Pertaining to the social media world, I was always so afraid to put myself out there and worried people wouldn’t like my style and would judge me. I learned over the years to screw the trends and the rules, do your own thing and if people like it, great! Don’t conform to what everyone else is doing, adapt the trends you like into your own style and stand out. Find a community on instagram that shares a similar aesthetic and style, and get inspired by each other.
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