Tarah Trammell, 28
A Lexington Fox Interview
What are you thinking about you get dressed in the morning?
What I’m doing that day. One thing I’ve learned over the years is that the perfect outfit in the wrong setting very quickly becomes imperfect.
What kinds of questions do you think about when getting dressed?
“Is this working?”
Silly, I know. But, when I’m putting pieces together I have to tweak and add to ’til I get it right. It may be knotting up my top or adding more jewelry. You definitely know when you have the feel happening.
Where do you start your outfit? For ex. Shoes first or shirt, etc.
I generally start with my most exciting piece. Which is usually a bottom. I cannot say no to a statement pant or overall, I’ve tried. Alas, whether it’s brightly colored velvet pants or platform bluchers I want that item to be the focus and everything else to play a secondary role.
Are you aiming to say anything when you put together an outfit?
Not particularly. Sometimes I’m dressing to suit my attitude and sometimes it’s for the attitude I want to have.
What’s your go-to styling trick?
The half-tuck is everything. Making it look intentional and care free simultaneously can be tricky. But when executed correctly, I think it can complete any look.
What’s your go-to outfit?
What’s an outfit that never works?
I don’t think I’ve found one yet.
What are you wearing when you feel most yourself? Why?
Usually something more on the polished spectrum. I like to think of my look as being 60% classic/polished and 40% trendy/edgy.
When do you recall coming into your own personal style?
I think I still am. I feel like my look is constantly evolving and I love it!
How did you experiment with style in earlier years?
One of my earliest memories was in elementary school around eight years old or so. I had taken my shirts and drew on them with airbrush markers. I wanted clothes that no one else would have. I later tried selling them from my desk for $1.00 a piece. That venture didn’t quit take off and ended with me being grounded. Needless to say, the need to not look like I was dropped off the conveyor belt started early on.
Do you dress to reflect your mood or to change your mood?
Are there ways you wish you could change your style?
No, I’m happy with how I execute my look. I do admire others people style though, especially really bold looks and the mixing of patterns even though it may not be my personal style.
Is there anything that holds you back from achieving the style you want?
Time. I think great style takes thought and preparation and it’s being able to find the pieces that you feel best reflect you.
Have you ever gotten bored with your closet? How do you get out of a style rut?
ALL THE TIME. It’s so easy to fall into a rut and realize you’ve essentially been wearing the same outfit for weeks. Whenever that happens I like to take a real look at the items in my closet and try to pair them with something unexpected. So, even though I wear all of my clothing multiple times, I’m pairing it differently every time which really makes items feel fresh and new even if you’ve had them for years.
What are three places on the internet do you consult for fashion inspiration?
Blogs are a great place to find inspiration, learn a new styling trick, or just see what’s going to be happening for the upcoming season. My favorites being: Man Repeller
. Who What Wear
. Song of Style
What are three places not on the internet do you find inspiration for fashion? Everywhere! It sounds cliche, but it’s so true. Sometimes it’s a color combination I hadn’t imagined before on a throw pillow, or a really cool pattern on a rug that can really jumpstart ideas and get me excited to put something together. I also love street style. Seeing how other people have integrated or interpreted items into their life can be really awesome! And I can’t talk style inspo without mentioning my sister-in-law. She has the best the best personal style of anyone I’ve seen and it looks so effortless. Seeing one outfit she put together provides months of inspiration.
What’s something new in fashion that you’ve discovered that has you excited?
Slow Fashion has been my latest obsession. Seeing the detail that goes into something handmade in a small batch is amazing. One quality piece that someone was paid a fair wage for and is non-conflict is pretty unreal. It’s fashion that feels good. That being said I will never be able to fully give up the fast fashion that is Zara.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve done in the last week?
My partner and I actually bought a home! So, it’s not only the coolest things I’ve done this week but possibly ever!
What’s the best place to eat in Lexington?
County Club, hands down.
Who in Lexington inspires you?
It doesn’t get better than the girl gang at Fleet Street! It’s pretty amazing to work with such a dynamic and diverse group of women. #FleetStreetFam
Tarah is a Master Stylist at Fleet Street Hair Shoppe. She is especially known for her incredible blowouts. Follow her on Instagram to see her work.