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Everything you ever wanted to know from a fashion stylist

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Everything you ever wanted to know from a fashion stylist

"I have the sewing kit!" Those were the words shouted across the office by a colleague last week when my black linen pencil skirt fell apart right before a big meeting. The skirt's hem came loose at the back (exposing about four inches of Kendall Jenner-inspired leg), requiring two of my co-workers and I to sew it back together behind a cubicle wall – with duct tape (!) for added security. Left completely traumatized by the incident, I reached out to Toronto-based stylist Sansyrae St. Martin for her expert tips on preventing (and managing) future fashion disasters. Here's St. Martin's best advice for the fashion girl on the go.

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What fashion essential do you always carry? 

"A strong safety pin! I've used them to MacGyver so many situations."

How do you deal with fashion emergencies when you're on the go? 

"I try not to take things too seriously. Accidents happen and I deal with them as they come. I’ll look for the nearest store and get a new piece if necessary. Otherwise, I use these situations as a fun conversation starter…'You’ll never believe what happened to me today.'"

How do you deal with accidents like stains or the inevitable lint? 

"Tide to Go or clear soap works famously. Any kind of tape will get rid of lint in a sticky situation. Be creative and when in doubt, Google quick tricks on your phone."

What do you bring with you to every photo shoot?

"Double-sided tape, safety pins, a lint roller and chicken cutlets."

What are you constantly doing on set to make sure your subject looks amazing? 

"Steaming – wrinkles are a nightmare on camera."

What's your secret to putting together an amazing outfit?

"I like to focus on one statement piece per look. Keep things simple and if you introduce a colour, try and re-introduce it somewhere else on your body whether it's your lips, nails or accessories."  

How do you decide which trends to follow each season?


"I look for the trends that suit my personality and body shape – there's always something for everyone." 

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What do you think is the most common style mistake women make?

"Ill fitting clothing is a big one. Never buy clothes that don’t wash well or are not cut properly. It makes for a very unflattering and messy look. Invest in quality, timeless pieces and have them tailored for your body. Let your accessories or fast fashion pieces be what keep you on trend."  

What's your secret to dressing like an off-duty model?

"Models always seem to have the cool factor down – jeans, amazing sneakers and a modern cut T-shirt that speak to their personality."  

What's your secret to dressing like a celebrity? 


"Accessorize and focus on the perfect fit. Celebrities all have personal stylists who make sure all of their clothing is well-tailored." 

Do you have any stylist tips for posting fashionable Instagram photos?

"All of my favourite photos are of people having fun and enjoying life. They just happen to look fabulous while doing so. Don’t overwork the camera. Be yourself, have fun and show off your personality. Clothing should be the adjective, not the subject."

What are two colour combinations that always look good together?

"Black and white, but there are no rules that work consistently. Every colour has so many shades and tones that any two colours can clash or be amazing – it’s just a matter of finding the right balance."

What's one pair of shoes that will go with any outfit? 

"There's no such thing! That’s why all women need a shoe closet."

What's one bag that goes with any outfit? 

"A mini Birkin – or something like it."

What's one fashion piece you can throw on successfully no matter how much of a rush you're in? 

"A dress. It’s a complete outfit that takes zero thought to put together."

What's one type of jewellery you can wear with anything?

"Diamond studs."

What's the one fashion piece every woman should own?
"A really great pair of shoes that brings out your personality." 

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Styling hack tool: Statement sunglasses

A pair of slick shades can conceal any number of fashion or beauty sins. Flushed from your eyebrow wax? Throw on some sunnies! Outfit too #basic? OTT frames add glam factor to even jeans and a tee. It's pretty much impossible not to look cool in shades. Illesteva 'Leonard II' sunglasses ($330 USD), at shopsuperstreet.com. READ MORE: Exactly how to wear culottes this season

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Much more effective (and better smelling) than those detergent pens, a pack of disposible wipes is your first defence against stains and spills. And if you ever need to redo your make-up on the go, a luxe Argan oil-infused wipe beats trying to wash your face in a public restroom. Josie Maran 'Bear Naked' wipes ($12 USD), at josiemarancosmetics.com. READ MORE: How to rock the edgiest celeb-inspired trend

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Styling hack tool: Bright lipstick

For those days when you suddenly remember you booked a dinner date after work and have no time to go home and glam up, a stick of bold lipstick can transform your look from 'day' to 'night' in seconds.  Bite Beauty VIB Rouge Luminous Créme Lipstick ($28), at sephora.com. READ MORE: 15 summer jumpsuits every fashion girl sould own

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Make like Drake and keep a lint roller or brush handy at all times. You never know when you'll have a pet-hair emergency (like when you're front row at a basketball game, for example). Honey Can Do flip-open travel lint brushes ($36.99/12 pack), at staples.ca. READ MORE: 23 menswear pieces every woman should own

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Styling hack tool: Choker necklace

A sleek brass choker necklace elevates any outfit while still looking elegant and understated. (No bright beads here.) Throw this under the open collar of an Oxford shirt or layer it over a turtleneck for an instant style upgrade.  Chloé 'Freja' multi-hoop brass necklace ($1,003), at matchesfashion.com. READ MORE: 30 best flats you can buy now and wear all summer

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Styling hack tool: Belt

Cinch a flowy maxidress or add shape to a boxy blazer by roping a skinny belt around your natural waistline. Extra style points: Loop it in a knot, leaving the end hanging loose, rather than fastening it with the buckle. Jack Wills super skinny leather belt ($41.26), at asos.com. READ MORE: How to wear ripped denim like an off-duty fashion model

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Styling hack tool: Stickers

Anya Hindmarch's cheeky leather stickers add a stylish sense of whimsy to any purse or accessory – expect to be street style snapped after you slap these on. Anya Hindmarch weather stickers ($105), at anyahindmarch.com. READ MORE: 5 complete wedding guest outfits for less than $500

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9 style hack tools every woman needs in her purse

Styling hack tool: Silk scarf

The key piece to timeless elegance, an Hermès silk scarf looks appropriate with any outfit and for any occasion. Not to mention it can be tied and styled in countless ways for a variety of looks. We'll take one for every day of the week, thanks. Hermès Vintage print scarf ($813.97), at farfetch.com. READ MORE: How to upate your wardrobe with items you already own

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9 style hack tools every woman needs in her purse

Styling hack tool: Hairpins

Not just for taming bangs while you grow them out, a hairpin can be your saviour in a broken button or loose hem situation. You should always have at least three floating around the bottom of your bag – whether intentionally or not! H&M hairpins ($2.95 USD/30-pack), at hm.com. READ MORE: How to wear a crop top like a cool girl

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Everything you ever wanted to know from a fashion stylist