We asked stylist Fleur McCrone to style two different summer espadrilles. Read on to find out what her advice and tips are, and to find out a bit more about the lady behind Fine Styling.
This yellow silk dress is something that people might ordinarily think should be worn to a special occasion.
But I felt by styling it with the leopard flat shoes it dressed it down and made it more of a daytime option. Therefore showing versatility.
I also really like putting something a bit interesting on my feet if what I am wearing is fairly classic as it just finishes the look, adds personality and is a bit of fun.
I wanted to inject some colour into this single colour outfit and Air and Grace shoes make this so easy to do!
I went for the espadrilles as the heel lengthens the leg which is always good if you have a lot of leg on show.
I also liked the way they just gave a summery vibe to the look.
Leopard Eulalia sandals were just the perfect choice for this outfit because red and leopard is just such a brilliant combo.
How did you get into fashion?
I have always loved fashion and style and was a Stylist for jewellery company Stella and Dot for 6 years prior to me deciding to re-train as a Personal Stylist. I think working for Stella and Dot gave me the confidence to think that I could take it further and so I took the plunge and went back to college. Then I had the task of building up my styling business which I have to say has been such a fantastic journey on so many levels and I am still very much enjoying the ride. I get huge reward from helping people to understand what suits them and giving them the confidence to wear new things. It changes lives, which sounds dramatic but that confidence ripples through into other areas of your life and I just love to see that with the clients I work with.
What made you become a stylist?
I decided to become a Stylist because I was at a real pivotal point in my life where I knew I needed a new challenge and direction and with all the options I considered I just kept coming back to the styling. I think because I have such a passion for clothes and style that it just seemed like the next natural step. I’ve not looked back :)
What do you love about your job?
The thing I love most about my job is seeing the impact I can have on each client. I work with a wide variety of men and women and each one is different and has their own story. I think if you take the time to listen it helps you to get the balance right of how far to take a client each time you see them. I enjoy picking up items they never would have picked up themselves and seeing faces light up in the mirror. Hitting the jackpot and getting that wow moment is just the best. And I never tire of this. I feel so unbelievably lucky that I get to do something I genuinely love and call it work.
If you weren't a stylist what would your career Plan B be?
I don’t think I have a plan B. With a husband that works long hours and 3 children to run around after, I knew at this stage I needed to be my own boss to have the flexibility. And to successfully build up a business you have to be very passionate about what you do. I was lost for a bit, before I decided to go for it with the Personal Styling so I am very grateful that so far it has worked out and I am loving every minute.