For stylist Jessie Artigue, fashion “is an art form. I think the creativity and craftsmanship that can go into a well-designed garment or collection is akin to the techniques and skill that a chef might use when putting together a gourmet dish.”
The brains behind local street-style blog The Concrete Catwalk, Artigue has leveraged a love of fashion—especially vintage looks—into a truly inspiring career evolution. After launching TCC in June 2009, she began receiving notes from readers with requests on how to put together a special occasion look. Later, the queries morphed into pleas for hard-to-find items, like “the perfect pair of vintage, flat, caramel-colored, knee-high boots with at least one brass buckle in size 11,” she says.
Artigue began charging for her styling services, and earlier this year, launched Style & Pepper—her styling business. She’s now working for herself full-time, and also recently started an online shop, The Spice Rack, which she says “is mainly a product of my overflowing closets combined with my love of retail (online or otherwise) and my obsession with vintage clothing and accessories.”
Because Artigue spends so much time advising others on what to wear, she always channels her advice into her own looks. Crediting style influences such as Chloe, Halston Heritage, Rachel Zoe and her “95-year-old Nana,” Artigue says she keeps the following motto in mind while getting dressed: “What can I wear that might truly inspire others to take fashion risks?” She’s also rarely found without a piece of vintage clothing or an accessory.
As the season of holiday parties and cocktail gatherings approaches, Artigue says effortless style isn’t as hard as it looks. She recommends picking up a sparkly accessory, since “sequins are now acceptable for any time of day or event, and are a fun way to jazz up an otherwise drab winter wardrobe from last year.”
If you find yourself needing a quick day-to-night transition, consider pairing trendy wide-legged trousers with a fun tube or tank top. Complete your outfit with a cropped jacket or tailored blazer, which can be removed when you’re ready to party. Just don’t forget a statement necklace or big earrings and a vibrant, cherry-stained lip and you’re an instant fashion do!