A Week Of Outfits With Sonia Kessler From Native Styling
The Good Trade's Week of Outfits Series highlights women that have personally inspired us to shop and live with intention! Each woman takes her own unique approach to slow fashion and demonstrates how beautifully sustainable fashion can come to life. Today we're excited to share a week of outfits from Sonia Kessler, the conscious stylist and creator behind Native Styling!
// ABOUT SONIA //
Age | 28
Location | Los Angeles, CA
Occupation | Founder & Personal Shopper at Native Styling + Content Creator
Where To Find Her | Website and Instagram
Favorite Brands | Sézane, Stella McCartney, Delikate Rayne, Matt & Nat, Re/done and about 100 other ones. Wasteland & Crossroads for contemporary secondhand.
I was born and raised in a very small town, one hour north of Paris, France. I grew up with a mom who would always knit, crochet, fix a hundred times before buying new, and overall be very nifty with her wardrobe. We would also recycle, compost, hand- and home-make things as much as possible.
When I moved to Paris and started Fashion school, I didn’t realize such a lifestyle was rare and found myself learning more and more about what the industry was really like on the inside: it was terrifying.
I then got a Personal Shopper’s assistant internship-turned-job in Los Angeles, met my now husband and moved here permanently. After working with different companies and changing people’s wardrobes with the same ten mainstream department store brands everyone knows, I decided to start my own venture, Native Styling, and focus on what mattered most to me: sustainability.
I now show my clients how caring for the planet and their clothes doesn’t mean they have to compromise on style. I love making a change in their wardrobes for the better.
It is very important to me to express individuality, not trends, through clothing. Your clothes speak to people before you do, so making a good impression is really important.
Mondays are always full of emails, photo editing, Instagram post scheduling and, overall, virtually catching up on what I missed during the weekend. Which is why it’s always super important for me to go outside, smell some fresh air and take a breather.
There are always days where I either have to do pulls, network with boutiques, or run around the city to find new cool brands. Those days are usually Tuesdays. I also always try to keep those outfits stylish, professional and interesting by mixing prints, textures and/or colors.
It’s actually hard to describe my typical week because they differ so much from one another, but let’s say I did pulls yesterday. That means today is a day I go shopping with a client. I always have two rules to get dressed when that happens: wear pieces with pockets, because handbags are too bulky for professional shopping, and wear flats. It’s a true cardio workout!
A lot of the events that I go to happen on Thursdays. It’s a great time to network, mingle, make some new friends, or hang out with old ones. It’s something that has helped me so much since starting Native Styling so I will always make time to go. Obviously, a stylish outfit with good accessories is a must for proper representation!
Friday is the day I use to prepare for my usually busy Saturdays. Whether I have to run errands, meet with people, do some closet work for a weekend client…I always want to have an outfit with layers, that I am comfortable moving around in.
A typical Saturday usually consists of brunch at home with my family, then off to meeting with clients, doing short shopping tours or creating some content for Instagram! I typically wear flats on those days too, especially in between photoshoots, for temporary comfort.
Sundays are my go-to casual days. When I don’t have too much to get done, I will go hiking and will be cuddling with my puppy Kaia (the cutest, follow her at Kaia In The Clouds cause she’s way cooler than me) and spending time with my husband. But of course, I try to be outfit ready if anything comes up!