Q & A WITH STYLIST ME­LANIE PACE

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Pace is a lo­cal fashion hero, styling fashion shows and dress­ing celebri­ties such as Gi­u­liana Ran­cic. She’s also a per­sonal shop­per, avail­able to lo­cals and vis­i­tors to find that per­fect fall out­fit, that’s right on trend. Find her at www.melaniepace.com.

Q: Is fashion styling only for celebri­ties?

No! There are lots of rea­sons some­one could ben­e­fit from hav­ing a per­sonal shop­per and stylist. My clients come to me for dif­fer­ent rea­sons: Maybe they’ve lost some weight and need a new per­spec­tive, or they got a job where they need a su­per-pol­ished wardrobe. Some­times it’s just a mat­ter of want­ing to look their best and be on trend.

Q: What’s your ad­vice about fol­low­ing fashion trends?

Just be­cause it’s a trend doesn’t mean it’s for you. As a per­sonal shop­per, I ask a lot of ques­tions to my clients: “Do you travel a lot on busi­ness? What are your daily ac­tiv­i­ties?” I want them to feel com­fort­able ex­press­ing their own style, be it preppy or fashion-for­ward. I just help them el­e­vate their own fashion in­stincts. Also, I help them un­der­stand what is best for their body type— every­one is so dif­fer­ent, you can’t look good based on trends alone.

Q. What do peo­ple think you do and what is the re­al­ity?

I tell my in­terns, “If you think be­ing a stylist is walk­ing around the mall all day in stilet­tos with my Star­bucks cof­fee, you’re wrong.” There is a lot of work in­volved in pulling to­gether looks for a fashion spread or fashion show. You need a good sense for busi­ness and to know how to run one. Part of my job is con­vinc­ing peo­ple why a cer­tain bag or look is “it.” There’s a lot of psy­chol­ogy in­volved in get­ting peo­ple com­fort­able with em­brac­ing new ideas. For more on fall fashion, visit where­trav­eler.com/or­lando

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