“Dress accordingly and live stylishly. I wear what I want and dress how I feel because at the end of the day, it’s not her, it’s me.” Meet Toshiko Shek, Le Tote’s in-house stylist. Unassuming and approachable, she busts the fashion-girls-are-mean myth with just one handshake. More on her life and style here:
Describe your signature style in 4 hashtags?
#minimal #classic #refined #stripes
What is a stylist approved #ootd?
Honestly, confidence is all you really need in an outfit!
What is the first thing that catches your eye about someone’s style?
Hmm this is a tough question… I guess shoes?
How long do you take to get ready in the mornings?
Believe it or not, I usually get ready in 30 minutes.
What is your current fashion phase?
I am living in 3 different moto jackets right now!
If not fashion, what do you see yourself doing?
I studied art in high school and throughout college so I would be an oil painter. Hmm, I should pick up that paintbrush again!
How would you describe your typical day at Le Tote?
On shoot days, I am running around in a sea of clothes and shoes. It’s actually quite chaotic because it’s just me (I don’t have an assistant) whipping up 100+ outfits for in-studio eComm shoots. If we are shooting on location, I pretty much look like a crazy bag lady lugging all all the clothes and shoes and accessories! On non-shoot days, I am either planning upcoming shoots, creating laydowns, organizing the closet or posting photos on Instagram.
Do you remember your first brush with fashion?
My mom was a super fashionista and she would dress me up when I was little… so I guess I’ve been blogging since the 80s!
Who are some of your fave bloggers?
Blair of Atlantic-Pacific, Leonie of Ohh Couture, Sara of Harper and Harley, Nicole of Gary Pepper Girl, Kristina of Kayture among many!
What’s your pro tip for taking a good photo?
Line things up! If there’s an edge of a table, line up so the frame of your photo is parallel to it. That’s one thing I always do.
Is it true that you moved to a 2-bedroom apartment and turned the master bedroom into your closet?
Yes, that was at my last apartment. My master bedroom was actually my closet. I don’t have that anymore because I am trying to downsize and live simply.
Lastly: if not you, then who?
If not me, then… Gwen Stefani. Hands down! Loved her and No Doubt since I was 12.