Think having a personal shopper is only for the red-carpet set? Stylist Kasey Dixon aims to change all that.
Dixon launched her blog Styled By Kasey to offer her expertise to the fashion-hungry masses. Dixon draws from her own familiar wardrobe quandaries—what to wear to a garden wedding, the must-pack items for a chic yet touristy (read: walk-heavy) vacation—to guide her clients and readers alike.
Dixon shares her seasonal shopping lists and outfits that look newly off the rack each time but are in reality drawn from Dixon’s thoughtfully assembled wardrobe. Dipping into her personal closet and army of favorite separates, Dixon demonstrates for her clients and readers that you do not need a bursting closet or a new outfit every day to look on point. Worn-in boyfriend jeans, leopard-print clutches and studded pointed toe flats are mixed and re-mixed with soft tees and punchy skirts to create fresh combinations for a variety of occasions. This uniform-meets-style approach is a trademark of Dixon’s accessible expertise and a testament that, with a little guidance, anyone can assemble an equally hardworking wardrobe for themselves.
Feeling the itch to purge and make over your closet? Dixon can help you there too. In addition to launching Styled by Kasey, she co-founded the non-profit Brand Together. This side project is a natural extension of Dixon’s styling and closet cleanout business. After sussing out what to keep and what to cut, clients can turn over their gently worn duds to Brand Together who will resell donated goods and give the proceeds to the charity of the donor’s choice.
As we all gear up for summer clean outs and fall shopping, we picked Dixon’s brain for some of her best style tips.
When did you start your blog?
I started Styled by Kasey in March 2015, so it’s just a baby! I have been styling pretty much my whole life, so my blog became another platform for me to express my personal style while helping my followers to stay fashionable and get the best deals out there! I LOVE it!
How would you describe your personal style?
Honestly, it’s hard to put myself in a box. That’s the great thing about fashion: it’s always changing and evolving! Overall I am your everyday Kansas girl, dreaming about the big city. I have my classic Midwest country-girl moments, but I also love some leather and lace for a night out on the town. I’m changing every day based on my mood and inspiration around me.
Who are your style icons?
Jennifer Lopez, Kate Hudson and Blake Lively! I love the mix of JLo’s Jenny-From-the-Block paired with her current super chic girly style. Kate Hudson’s 70s glam is SO effortless, and Blake is the beautiful girl-next-door who has really developed her sense of style and always looks fabulous. If you meld the three of these ladies together, voilà, you have me.
Share your top 5 style and grooming tips with us.
1. When in doubt keep it simple—a great pair of jeans, a tee, a leather jacket and heels is classic and chic.
2. Invest in a good pair of heels. These will be your staple for important business meetings or a night out on the town.
3. Tint your eyebrows to fill them in without having to use makeup. It will really make your eyes pop!
4. Have a failsafe up-do when you don’t have time to do your hair. For me it’s a fishtail braid.
5. Always moisturize. You’re only young once, so take care of your skin.
What advice do you always give your clients?
Fit is everything. Spend the extra $10-$25 to get something tailored. It will make all the difference.
What inspired you to start Brand Together?
It’s a passion project for me and my four co-founders whom I met while working in the fashion industry. After witnessing a famous friend’s overwhelming swag stash first-hand (which included enough goodies to fill a walk-in wardrobe), we wondered where were these goodies actually going? It was time to make a serious change. We started Brand Together because we wanted to find a way to give back to our community through the things we all love—handbags, shoes, clothing and more.
What are you reading?
Bossypants by Tina Fey. I love her and her willingness to be real.
What is on your playlist?
Taylor Swift all day! Bad Blood!
What is your summer beverage or cocktail to cool off with?
A skinny margarita made by my chef, food blogger and bestie, Gaby.
Fast & Furious Fashion Quiz
Bikini or one-piece?
Neutral or red lip?
Beach or pool?
Red or white?
Body-con or boyfriend?
Skinnies or flares?
Night out or in?
Sweet or savory?
Instagram or Snapchat?
Why did you choose the Vince Camuto Narrital Heels?
I love a fun pair of heels! It’s a great way to dress up any outfit. I’m going to do a day-to-night post on Styled By Kasey using these strappy beauties and, yes, they are making any outfit more fun! For day, I took a lightweight plaid shirt, white boyfriend denim, fun dangle earrings and a clean cross body bag to complete the outfit. For night, I’ll switch to a cocktail dress, colorful clutch and bold earrings.