In today’s edition of What to Wear This Week, Kathryn Typaldos, New York-based stylist and consultant, breaks down the mechanics of what she wears and why.
What do you think about when you get dressed in the morning?
Since I was a kid, I’ve always thought about my outfits in bed as I fall asleep. I let my subconscious do its thing and see how I feel in the morning.
You’re one of those people who has a very definite sense of personal style, but it’s not predictable. What external factors are determining your current aesthetic?
I’m a Pisces, which one hundred percent influences my personal style. I’m riding ALL of those waves and going with a LOT of flows. I gravitate toward mutability and change which has a real impact on what I wear. Some days I want to really push my inner goth (I have a massive mesh and pleather collection) and other times I feel more tomboyish and tend to wear oversized T-shirts and sneakers. My visual vocabulary is vast but classic (classic according to my aesthetic) and tends to include a ton of black, mesh, leather, tie-dye, denim, white tees and vintage. The whole damn kit and caboodle!
How does living in NYC influence your style? What about where you’re from?
I’m from NYC so my environment has shaped my style massively. I’m a chameleon-slash-sponge and tend to absorb my surroundings in an intense way. I take the subway to get inspired and see what people are wearing. I LOVE to observe (in a non-creepy way) what teenagers wear; it’s the most experimental time of one’s life and it’s super exciting to see what they are gravitating toward — like, is red the new pink?! I also love to check out what grandmas are wearing. Teenagers and grandmas (and grandpas) give no fucks and therefore wear things with such authenticity and confidence.
What kinds of pressure do you feel to dress yourself (if any) since you’re a stylist? And do you conform to them?
My day-to-day as a stylist requires so much running around and schlepping that I tend to dress accordingly in lots of atheleisure. I think it’s important to be aware of trends and cognizant of what people are wearing on the street, but I don’t like to conform to the seasonal styles because everything changes so constantly. I channel my inner swag and hope that it translates.
As a stylist, how do you separate what YOU would want to wear from what you think your client should wear?
It’s really important as a stylist to spend time with a client and cultivate an intimate relationship with them; to find out their interests outside of wardrobe — music, movies, art etc; and to integrate personal elements into their aesthetic. It’s important for me to honor the individual vibe of a client. Also, to really pay attention to someone’s body type. If I dressed clients like me, there would be a motley crew of tie-dye, teenage-inspired, granny-tomboys running around town!
Best song to get dressed to?
Right now, it’s “Modern Love” by David Bowie.
The one garment that never lets you down?
A dirty white tee that I wear to bed. I call it “night-to-day.”
What are your favorite places or ways to find inspiration when you’re feeling completely blah?
I love, love, love to thrift…not even vintage but full-on thrifting. You have to go outside of NYC, though, because it’s too picked through here! Also, I watch movies for inspiration. Everyone, GO SEE THE HANDMAIDEN. IT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND.
Have you discovered any fashion brands lately? If so, what?