The MNY Spotlight
Casi Stewart, Stylist
This week we talked to Casi Stewart, a New York based personal shopper and stylist.
Tell us more about who you are!
I spent my childhood in St. Louis, MO, prior to spending a large chunk of my life in Northern California. I like to think my time in each place has influenced my personal style, as well as my ability to style people from all walks of life.
What are your earliest memories of being interested in fashion?
Fashion has always been essential to me. As a child, I would cry if I couldn't wear a dress every day. Most children hate trailing after their parents when they're shopping, but for me, it was always a wonderful experience. At an early age, I would ask my mom if we could go shopping. I liked to choose my own outfits, and I always wanted to stand out and be different from everyone else.
What influences your personal style?
Day to day, my mood and how I feel influences my style. I don’t subscribe to one look or category. One day I’ll be very girly, and the next I’ll feel like a tomboy. I don't think fashion should put you into a box. I’m also influenced by my mom. She’s always had the best style and has been ahead of the curve - especially in a place like St. Louis.
Casi is wearing the Puff Puff Midi.
How do you approach styling a client? How do you balance your sense of style with a client’s taste?
I try to completely take myself out of the equation when styling a client. It really isn’t about me. My job is to put my clients into clothes that make them look and feel good and take into account their lifestyles and their aspirations. When I’m pulling for a client, I try to see the clothes through their eyes and figure out how they might fit in their existing wardrobe. I’m sure a lot of my clients wouldn’t wear a lot of the things that I do, and that’s ok! They aren’t trying to be like me, they’re trying to be the best versions of themselves.
Who would be your dream client?
That’s a great question! I’m in an interesting position because I work with relatively normal people. Moms, professionals, etc. I tried celebrity styling but it wasn’t for me. I love working with people to whom I can relate. My ideal client is open-minded, ready for a change or enhancement, and willing to trust the process.
What is your advice for someone who wants to start their own business?
Just do it! I wanted to venture out on my own for a long time, but I was scared. I thought I needed to have all my ducks in a row before doing it, and that’s not always the case. I prepared as much as I could, of course, but in some situations, you just have to jump in and see what happens. Things are constantly changing, so there's no way to prepare for everything. Ask a lot of questions, accept support from friends and peers, do your research, expect set backs, and, most importantly, maintain the passion.
How did you style the Mestiza Puff Puff Midi?
I love mixing prints. I paired the dress with my retro striped Illesteva sunglasses, a bright red lip, and matching vintage Gucci bag, along with a simple Schutz shoe. It felt fresh and unexpected.
What are your favorite Mestiza pieces?
I love them all, but the Sintra Mini is so chic and fun for summer. The Georgina Gown is stunning, especially in lemon vine, and I’m having a major moment with blue, so I’d gladly wear any of the dresses in the Porcelain blue coloration.