Styling it right

Love how well-turned-out your favourite celebrity is at most events? Want to look just as snazzy when you dress to work or for that party? You might want to get a personal stylist. Someone who is willing to spend time understanding your personality, lifestyle and body type before recommending a series of looks you’d want to work with.

Chennai-based Shabri Roberson is one such stylist. All set to style women at designer label Peachoo’s Chennai launch at Amethyst, the stylist has come up with different looks for nine women from different walks of life.

“It’s been fun interacting with these women, each very different from the other. Based on their body styles, shapes and personalities, we’ve come up with unique looks for each of them. I will also be on hand at the event, to interact with and guide anyone who might need style tips,” says Shabri, whose love affair with fashion began a couple of years ago.

The stylist had been working in corporate communications in Canada for quite some time before she moved back to Chennai. “Design and aesthetics were something that always interested me. So, when I was looking to take up a job that offered me flexibility after I had my children, I naturally turned towards the design space,” she says. What followed was a course in personal styling at London College of Fashion.

“If you’re styled well, it’s a natural boost to your confidence. Now, I am into corporate styling, bridal and everyday styling. It has been an interesting journey so far,” says Shabri, who completed her course last year. Citing examples of the kind of clients she sees, she says, “I recently had a lady who worked in the U.K. and was switching to a conservative Indian firm. She needed help with corporate dressing in this new setting, while merging Indian sensibilities into her wardrobe. That was a fun project. Another was a personal trainer in an active wear line.”

According to Shabri, styling involves a large gamut of factors and not just clothes. “It’s not just about picking up new outfits. It’s also about using what you have to give yourself a new look. It could come through accessories, mix-and-match pieces of clothing, footwear or a statement bag.”

The stylist, who is comfortable working with both Western and Indian wear, believes that it is her world experience coupled with her Indian sensibilities that come to play when she’s at work. “You’ll see me in a pair of well-fitted jeans one day and in an Indian outfit the next or a dress another time. Style is really about being comfortable,” she says. Some of her favourite Indian designers, she says, are Anamika Khanna, Sabyasachi, Rohit Bal and Rahul Mishra.

“I especially love Anamika Khanna’s work. She’s a master craftsman and the thread-work on her outfits is extraordinary. The thing about these designers is that they just as easily move to Western wear as well, and are very versatile.”

Talking about her personal style statement, Shabri says that she believes in the adage ‘Less is more’. “I’d like to think of my style as understated elegance. I tend to pick up classic pieces, nothing over-the-top. I also like colour in my outfits, but colour that’s done well; not something mismatched,” she says.

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