I just got back from an AMAZING trip where I got to style my good friend, actress/model, Katie Gill.
For those of you who have watched endless “CSI” episodes, Katie may be a familiar face, as she has played the victim of many murders on almost all of the “CSI” series. Some of you may also know her from an episode of “The Suite Life On Deck” and the Lifetime movie, “Betrayed at 17”.
For some time I had wanted to do a style session with Katie because she has a ton of clothes and is a model. Instead of me styling her, however, I ended up showing Katie how to wear most of her clothing.
One of my tips for everyone when shopping is that you shouldn’t buy something because it’s cute. You need to take clothing items into consideration before you buy them. Think about what else you have in your closet to go with that piece. That was the lesson that was really learned here.
The styles to be shown are ones that I just came up with after Katie pulled some of her favorite pieces from her closet. Some are outfits she can use for auditions, such as the first one that she pulled together herself, while others are ones she can use almost everyday. Inspiration can clearly be drawn from what you’re about to see.
17th Century Influence
This is an outfit Katie came up with herself. She had to dress in 17th Century clothing for an audition that day. The outfit is a great mix of the time period with a modern twist.
California Teen/Disney Audition
As soon as Katie pulled out this top, I knew I wanted to do a beachy/California look. The red high top Converse give the outfit a young, fun twist while the shorts are just simple and comfy. Katie’s mom thought that this would be a great outfit for her if she were to audition for a Disney or Nickelodeon show because the outfit makes her look like a teenager. It is a fun outfit for a hot day in LA or a stroll at the Santa Monica Pier.
New Age Business
Katie and I were on the same page here when I styled her in this outfit. The simple white t-shirt goes incredibly well with the bright bandage skirt. To add some detail, Katie’s tights are black with floral lace detail. To give this more of a business look, I added the short sleeve jacket and oxford heels. This outfit is something a young girl would maybe wear to an office, but some might consider this inappropriate due to length of the skirt, so easily, this outfit can be turned around as one to wear when going to dinner with friends. The jacket is just a little add-on and can be worn with other outfits. I wanted to demonstrate that the outfit looks great without it.
That 70’s Comeback
When I first looked through Katie’s closet, the flared jeans were one of the first items she pulled out. Katie had just purchased these along with the top from Free People. I didn’t have to help her much with this outfit except when it came to the shoes. Katie is wearing shoe booties under the jeans, but really, she should be wearing some sort of wedge. The carefree look of the 1970’s are coming back along with cork bottom shoes. This outfit is one I could definitely see someone wearing in SoHo on a summer day along with a huge, floppy hat and some sunglasses.
East Coast Meets West Coast
As you can see, I decided to show two ways this shirtdress can be worn. Katie had purchased this back here in NYC when I took her to Aritzia, yet she wasn’t quite sure how to wear it. I immediately paired it with black leggings (the zipper detail adds a nice touch) and was thrilled to see that her Tory Burch flats were the perfect match. This style is very New York, compared to the second way we paired the shirtdress.
The silhouette of the piece is somewhat like those butterfly shirts that people are wearing, where it’s short in the front and long in the back. I told Katie I noticed a lot of girls back here in NYC wearing shirts that weren’t butterfly ones tucked in the front while hanging loose in the back. We decided to try it with the shorts she was wearing in the first outfit and it kind of worked. Katie paired the outfit with some combat boots. It’s a fun look that’s more LA than NY but Katie made it work!
I want to thank Katie for allowing me to do this! We had been talking about this for a while and it finally came true! Look for Katie in The Wanted’s next music video and keep an eye out for repeats of her movie “Betrayed at 17”.