Style in the City are three Bristol stylists, Chrissy Ellis, Anna Jackson and Lucy Eastment, who have joined forces to create a fashion stylist supergroup. They organise fashion shows while giving out fashion and styling advice with a hanging out with your girlfriends’ vibe, making you feel like you are part of their fashion gang, in a ‘you can sit with us’ way.
“I did my styling course with Anna,” explains Chrissy Ellis, who also has her own independent stylist business as Chrissy Styles Me. “We met Lucy at Bristol Fashion Week, and decided to come together and create Style in the City. We all have our own businesses as independent stylists too.”
As personal stylists the collective, they independently offer services in colour analysis, wardrobe consultation and personal shopping. If you are looking for the perfect summer wardrobe, get in touch with these fashionistas: they know their stuff.
In April, Style in the City teamed up with the Bristol charity St Peter’s Hospice to raise money to support and care for local people with life limiting illnesses.
This is a charity that is very close to Lucy Eastman’s heart as her father spent his last days with the hospice a few years earlier. The Style in the City team wanted to raise money for this awesome local charity who are also celebrating their 40th anniversary this year.
“Lucy wanted to do something to celebrate her father’s life and give something back to the charity, Anna and I thought it was a great idea, especially since it is the charity’s anniversary this year. Plus, we live in St Peter’s Hospice charity shops!” adds Chrissy.
“We are always in there and I just love charity shopping, so we put on the show, which raised £1,750 for the charity, which was absolutely fantastic!”.
The Style in the City/ St Peter’s Hospice fashion event took place in the grand hall of the Bristol Harbour Hotel on Corn Street. It’s hard to believe that the stunning Victorian building was a bank for so many years, but it is the perfect location for a fashion show.
The catwalk featured hand-picked garments styled up by the Style in the City girls, on real life models. It was refreshing to see so many different shapes, sizes and ages being represented. There did seem a to be a lack of men (audience included) but the show seemed empowering as a fashion event for women by women.
The collections were based around different spring themes from Taste the Rainbow bright colour blocking to the Summer of Love theme featuring festival perfect kimonos and boho layering to the Totally Dotty collection featuring this summer’s biggest new trend polka-dots, which you will find everywhere this season.
Each collection inspired attendees to get creative and head down to their local charity shop for a bit of slow fashion, that more often than not still looks brand new without that fast fashion price tag.
The styling was flattering and realistic. It wasn’t outrageous or try hard, it fitted comfortably into your wardrobe and your lifestyle, using unique pre-loved garms styled together in a way you hadn’t considered before.
At the end of each section the team would have an inclusive chat about the garments and why they had chosen them, with helpful tips and ideas to inspire you how to get the most out of charity shopping.
With advice for dedicated fashionistas to buy now for future trends, steering them away from the high street with an aim to remove the stigma of charity shopping, asking, ‘If you would wear vintage, why don’t you like the idea of charity shop clothing?’
This simplicity and back to basics styling is the secret to the Style in the City girl’s success. They understand their customer and want to inspire you, rather than tell you exactly what you should be wearing, less intimidating and more like a friend who has popped round to help you chose your outfit for a night out.
Following the show there was a pop-up shop full of lovely garms from St Peter’s Hospice charity shops where the Style in the City girls had selected quality, fashion-forward pieces, which were hilariously snapped up by many cheeky fashionistas during the mid-show break; in a fashion frenzy to hunt down the stylists’ top picks before the show had ended!
The girls’ pre-loved fashion magic had worked, nobody seemed to have a problem with charity shopping anymore.
Everyone loves shopping but that doesn’t mean you have to be a fast fashion shopper. You can still shop on the high street but slowing things down could make a big difference in the fashion industry and to the way we live our lives.
Bringing in a more sustainable way of shopping, stopping mass consuming and inspiring you to sort out your current wardrobe to see what you really need, could actually help to combat this fast fashion shopping obsession.
“I absolutely love charity shop shopping and will always go to a charity shop first before I go to the high street, if I’ve got something in mind,” says Chrissy. “Why go to the high street and spend a fortune on something when you can find it around the corner in your local St Peters Hospice?”
Style in the City are getting a reputation for themselves as a local success story and have just finished a fashion collaboration with high street giants Topshop, to create a capsule wardrobe for their Tropicana fashion show at the Cabot Circus store.
“We were so lucky to take part in the Topshop show and jumped to the chance!” says Chrissy excitedly. “It was such a great opportunity for us, it went so well and we are thrilled to have been asked.”
With more fashion events planned over the next year, including a show with Bristol independent designers, the Style in the City collective are becoming a Bristol fashion staple.
“The Bristol style is cool, it eclectic, it’s fun,” adds Chrissy. “I really like the independents in Bristol. We are not all about high street, we are about independents, charity shopping and vintage fashion, all of it mixed together!”
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