Tara and I met at a mutual friend’s birthday party. We became quick friends and now our daughters even play together! She is an incredible stylist who has worked with celebrities such as Kristen Stewart, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, and Emily Ratajkowski. She was also highlighted as one of the “Top 25 Stylists” by the Hollywood Reporter.
Her work has been featured in magazines such as Nylon, InStyle and Teen Vogue, as well as Target and Canon campaigns. Tara has an unmatchable flair for combining her client’s personality with timeless fashion pieces. Elegance, consistency and drive are three words I would use to describe not only Tara’s work habits, but the woman herself. I wanted to share more about this independent, fashion-force and show you a little bit about what makes Tara tick.
How did you become a stylist?
I went to Cornell for fashion design and fell in love with the business when interning in the studio services department at Barney’s New York during my summers.
How long have you been in the industry?
I have been in the industry now for over 15 years.
How would you describe your styling aesthetic?
I would describe my style aesthetic as elegant and classic, but with a twist.
Where do you get style inspiration from?
I get my style inspiration from everything around me: different cultures through travel, street style, friends and various media outlets.
What’s your favorite red carpet event to style?
The Oscars is always the grandest moment of the year, but the Grammys is an event where you can have lots of fun!
Which look did you put together that you are the most proud of?
I don’t think I could narrow it down to just one look, but generally speaking, I’m pretty proud of the 15 years worth of looks I’ve put together.
Run us through a typical red carpet event for you— from start to finish.
I generally start research on the web, followed up by pulling at various designer showrooms. We then fit the client, alter and accessorize their looks, and send them off to the event day of!
When picking an outfit for a client, what do you look for?
Generally speaking I really like to bring out the personality of each client, so I try and tap into their likes and dislikes and elevate their personal style from there. It is definitely a collaborative effort.
What was a highlight of your career?
The highlight of my career was an experience I had on the Oprah show. I received her personal stamp of approval, which at the time was an honor rarely given out. It still makes me happy to this day!
What were some setbacks?
I don’t know if I’ve had any major setbacks, but there have definitely been small slip-ups along the way that have taught me many things.
Tell us a styling nightmare.
I’ve definitely had a zipper or two pop only minutes before an event or talk show where my sewing skills have become very handy.
Who is someone you dream to style one day?
My daughter for her wedding 😉
As a fashionable mother, which celeb mom’s style do you obsess over? Why?
I think Gwyneth Paltrow always looks chic and amazing, on and off the carpet.
What are some high-end and affordable places that you shop at?
I love Barney’s NY, Chanel and Maxfield’s in Los Angeles and have definitely done some damage on Net-A-Porter. But I also love Club Monaco, Zara and Banana Republic.
What trend(s) are you looking forward to the most this summer?
Fashion forward florals.
What’s a brand everyone should already have in their closet?
The Gap. They’ve made the best basics for years.
What tips would you give someone to looking Hollywood chic?
Wear what you love and what makes you happy. Tailor everything well and stand up straight!
What’s an item everyone should splurge on?
A great pair of leather pants.
What are some tips for dressing for your body type?
Accent your favorite body parts by showing skin or accessorizing those areas— and camouflage those you don’t like in darker colors.
Who inspires your own style?
My clients end up inspiring me— it’s a wonderful symbiotic relationship.
Best career advice you’ve received?
Work hard, stay humble, and treat people the way you would want to be treated.
Last thing you mirror check before heading out the door?
What advice would you give someone trying to break into the styling industry?
I would say, find a stylist whose aesthetic you admire and try and work with them. Then just remember that hustle is key!!
Where can people find you?
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