Chriselle Lim, founder of The Chriselle Factor. and editorial, commercial and celebrity fashion stylist in Los Angeles, gave us a sneak peek inside her world. She expounded on her signature styling tips, top trends and the fashion faux pas she’d like to put an end to once and for all. This Glitter Girl may be flawlessly styled but she truly sparkles from the inside out with her generosity and sincere, fun loving personality! Oh, what we’d give to go on a shopping expedition with this fashionista.
“I live for a good statement piece. This 3.1 Phillip Lim Coat is my absolute favorite. Not many designers have embraced and perfected the giraffe print quite like Phillip Lim has.” In a Anthropologie necklace, Beso Beso ring, and vintage shirt.
How did you get your start as a freelance wardrobe stylist and what advice can you offer those interested in a career as a stylist?
I got started as a stylist after interning for a PR company that represented luxury brands such as Givenchy, Emilio Pucci, and Viktor and Rolf. During my time as an intern my job was to help out stylists that would come in to pull looks for their clients. I was so in awe of the idea that stylists can come in and pull whatever they wanted and leave with hundred thousands of dollars worth of beautiful couture gowns. After my internship with the PR company I interned for a celebrity stylist. That is where I learned the knitty gritty of the styling world. It was fast paced, cut throat, physically and mentally exhausting… but that’s what I loved about it! I fell in love with the process of creating something beautiful and seeing it come to life, whether on a magazine, commercial, music video, or on a celebrity.
My main advice to anyone who wants to get into styling is intern, intern, intern as much as possible! Find someone you want to be like and be willing to work for free to learn the trade!
“A couple of my favorite shoes all laid out on my leopard print couch. Every woman should have at least one thing leopard in their closet and in their home decor! My sister and I were obsessed with Gossip Girl and when we saw this beautiful Richard Phillips painting on the show we hunted it down!”
“My mom has passed down to me many vintage designer sunglasses that she wore back in the 60’s and 70’s. You will never see me leave the house without a pair of sunglasses and that is mostly because I don’t like to wear make up during the week when I don’t have to. I prefer to be fresh faced!”
Have you always been interested in fashion? What’s your first fashionable memory?
Yes! I’ve always been interested in fashion and I can thank my mom for that! For as long as I could remember my mom would attend these sewing and design classes on a weekly basis when I was little. She would bring home tons of patterns and make my sister and I identical matching outfits. From our school outfits, to our play date get ups, to even our Halloween costumes she created them all herself!!
“I love the look of stacked up jewelry against a simple one piece dress. The stacks of stones against silvers, brass, and gold creates an interesting statement.” Right arm: Vintage bracelet, BesoBeso rings. Left arm: from bottom to top- Givenchy, Free People, Michael Kors Watch.
“My style is a juxtapose of modern and romantic, and I try to keep that same aesthetic in my home decor.” Chriselle in a Leyendecker dress, Beso Beso ring, Vintage bracelet , Jimmy Choo heels.
What stores/boutiques do you typically shop at for your clients and yourself?
I can always count on Opening Ceremony, Satine Boutique, Church Boutique, Madison and love the vintage store The Way We Wore. It always has the most stellar collection of vintage designer purses and jewelry!
What are your favorite fall trends? What is your least favorite fall trend?
I’m loving that the swinging 60’s are back with vengeance! From the polka dots to cateye frames, and even to the beehive hair! Don’t hate me for saying this but I was never a fan of color blocking bold colors. It reminds me a little too much of the tacky 80s. Some girls can pull it off and it really looks amazing, but for myself I prefer subtle hues with pops of bold colors!