So, I LOVE STYLISH WOMEN. We've been over this before though, in saying so I think it's my birth-duty to scream out into the sweet universe the names and entities of all the fabulous felines my line of work has allowed me to meet. This is one of several opportunities to meet real-life-ultra-mega-styling girl bosses under my radar. This time, I picked the brain of NYC bound glamourista, Rose Chevalier of blog The Style Operator. I stumbled upon Rose through her Instagram account (which you need to be blessed with.#thankmelater) and I've followed her posts like it's my business ever since. Her style is bold but she's oh, so natural at her swag and tips of the trade.
Tell us a little about The Style Operator and it’s origins? Style Operator started as a project for a media class during my senior year of college. The professor asked us students to write articles on a topic we were passionate about—mine was fashion, obviously—and I enjoyed it so much that I stuck with it after the class ended. Eventually I started sharing photos of my own style. My parents got me a DSLR camera for my birthday, and I conned my younger sister into taking photos of me. Fast forward to five years later, Style Operator continues to be a creative outlet for me.
2. Tis the season for newness. What’s your favorite wardrobe piece right now? Why? I’m currently having a moment with kimonos. My obsession first started with this picture of Tracee Ellis Ross (one of my style inspirations), and I’ve been on the hunt for a similar one since. Not only is it an outfit finisher, taking your jeans and a tee to the next level, but it’s also the perfect transitional piece—throw it on as an extra layer for those cool summer nights.
What’s your style mantra? Dress for the job you want, not the one you have. Though I’m still working on it, adopting this credo has really helped me step outside my comfort zone and take my style to the next level.
You’re a conquistador of your own look. What’s your tip for women trying to conquer their own personal style? If you don’t feel comfortable in it, don’t wear it. It’s really that simple. Sticking to this rule has significantly changed my style (for the better), and upped my confidence, like, a lot.
What’s your go-to styling technique to customize any look? Ex. I’m an avid cuffer. I cuff everything! I’m a cuffer, too! But I also love a good half tuck! My go-to look is boyfriend jeans and an oversize blouse—tucked in the front, and loose in the back.
One word to describe your personal style? “Conversational” is the first word that comes to mind. For every outfit, I try to incorporate at least one conversation piece—whether it’s an interesting piece of jewelry, funky shoes, or a vintage silk scarf. It’s what makes my style, well, mine. To me, that’s the fun of fashion and why I blog in the first place—how others interpret it, the feelings it evokes, and the conversation that takes place around it... that’s what it’s all about.
What’s the next step for TSO? There’s so much I want to do with SO! If only there were more hours in a day, days in a week... But coming soon, you can definitely expect to see videos! I’m hoping by the end of this year, I’ll be in a good place to give SO my all and put out really great, quality content.
What do you think are wardrobe staples? For me, a complete wardrobe includes: a denim jacket, a leather pencil skirt, a crisp white blouse, boyfriend jeans, made for walkin’ sneakers, and a slip dress you can wear day or night.
9. What’s your personal mantra?
Live what you love. To me, it means taking “do what you love” a step further and really going for it—giving it your all.
Follow Rose's outfits and adventures on Instagram and Snapchat (styleoperator). Stay tuned for more features on my favorite girls and support your fellow boss babes too, after all #weruntheworld.
w/ love & fash,
C. Pimentel xo