Behind the Blues Interview Series: Bethany from LA Stylist Mom

by Jaime on April 26, 2010

Imagine having a career where you dress people. You tell them what to wear, when to wear it, and make sure they always look their best… and you get paid for it. Sure, it’s still a job, but Bethany over at LA Stylist Mom has one of the fun ones. From her experiences with celeb styling to her fun, everyday fashion, you can learn tons from Bethany’s experience. Enjoy the interview!

How did you start LA Stylist Mom (maybe a little bit about how you got into the business)?

I’ve been a wardrobe stylist in the industry for over ten years, working primarily on commercials and doing CD covers and editorial shoots for both bands and solo artists. When I was pregnant with my second son, I had an accident and shattered the tibia and fibula in my left leg. It rendered me incapacitated for the better part of two years, and I had to undergo several surgeries until I could begin physical therapy to re-learn how to walk. L.A. Stylist Mom grew out of the fact that I was bed-ridden, but still needed a creative outlet in which to style clients – the Internet proved to be the perfect forum!

What’s your favorite denim style to wear when you’re “on the job”?

I would have to say J Brand since they look great and maintain their shape, but are chock-full of Lycra which makes them crazy comfortable to wear for long stretches at a time.

… and your favorite pair of jeans overall?

Again, I dig J Brand since they’re the perfect combo of comfy and flattering, plus they have a great selection of washes that I love. I also happen to be a huge fan of Levi’s; I still love old school 501′s with the button fly, and have tons of pairs of their Hard Jeans (a really stiff, really dark wash, in a great, flattering, classic cut) that I get for thirty bucks at the army surplus store down the street.

What about your dream pair?

I have an ancient pair of Diesels in a style that they no longer manufacture. They’re positively trashed and it would be amazing if I could find them again in their original, dark, pristine state. Wishful thinking…

What was your first pair of designer denim (if you remember)?

Oh I remember all right! It was seventh grade and they were stark white, skin tight, Sassons with the signature pocket design. I used to rock them with my white turtleneck with teeny tiny red hearts all over it. That’s how I rolled – of course at that stage of the game you could have fit my ass into a Dixie cup…

How do you decide on a pair of jeans for a client?

It depends on the client; first and foremost I go with body type. I would never put someone in something just because it’s the ‘it’ jean of the moment. I’m a huge proponent of knowing how to flatter your body type, and that wins out every time. Other factors come into play as well, like what they need them for. I often dress people for television, performances or photo shoots, which is very different than dressing someone for ‘real life.’

If you had one personal tip for DD readers, what would it be?

Know what looks good on your body – I cannot stress this enough. If skinnies are the deal (and they are) but you’re pear shaped with short legs? You still need boot cut regardless of what the trend dictates. You’ll look a thousand times better in what suits your shape in lieu of the trend of the moment. Also, more money doesn’t necessarily mean better fit and/or quality. I love the skinny jeans from H&M just as much as my Habituals that were literally six times the price. P.S? Spare yourself some heartache and try things on. It’ll save you a ton of time in the long run!

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