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SPOTLIGHT: Emily Men

A lover and collector of all things beautiful, Emily is constantly seeking new inspiration.  From trending fashion and beauty to interior design and food, she inspires us through her lens, The Wardrobes.  We spoke with the lifestyle blogger about her everyday inspiration, how she makes glamour and flawless street style seem effortless, and what “all in a day’s work” means to her.


Where are you wearing this look you’ve styled?

Kimmi Lace Pants  & Nashua Victorian-Inspired Blouse: I wore this gorgeous combination to my sister’s engagement dinner! It was perfect for the occasion – dressy without being over the top.

Liridona Paisley Mini Dress: This dress is super versatile and perfect for day-to-night dressing. I wore it during the day for a weekend brunch and shopping, and then I transitioned this look into evening by adding some jewelry and wearing it for cocktails and a concert with my brother!

How would you describe your overall style aesthetic?

I would describe my style as being super feminine and whimsical with an edge, and I love incorporating vintage pieces into my look to give it a unique twist. I like all aspects of fashion, and I try to be as open as possible to trying all kinds of different looks.  I also love rock’n roll, which definitely influences my style!

Can you tell us about an unexpected style combination you’re known for?  

I love putting together outfits that incorporate elements that you wouldn’t typically expect to go together. Currently, my favorite way to shake up an outfit is mixing different prints and textures together.

Who or what influences your everyday style?

I am influenced by everything around me! I look to my environment, the people around me, music, and art. If I’m not dressing for an occasion, my day to day outfits are often inspired by the city I am currently in – although I am based in NY, but I’m often in LA and Dallas, and each of these cities truly has its own unique style. My style icons are the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Kate Moss, and I absolutely love how Emma Watson and the Olsen twins dress.

What is your trick to achieving everyday glamour/flawless street style?

My trick to achieving everyday glamour and flawless street style always starts with having a good hair day, which for me means effortless, loose waves. A good hair day makes you feel good about yourself and whole look, and really elevates whatever you are wearing, even if it’s just jeans and a t-shirt!

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

The best advice I have ever received is that everyone has the same 24 hours in a day, and you can either take advantage of those hours or not. It’s important to work hard and not wait for things to come to you – make things happen for yourself. I truly believe that if you are dedicated and stay motivated, you will achieve your dreams!

What was your first job in fashion?

My first job in fashion was assisting Emmy-award winning stylist Brenda Cooper on a daytime talk show.  It was such a great experience and I’m so thankful to Brenda for giving me my start in the fashion industry.

What’s your first fashion memory?

Although this isn’t my first, my favorite fashion memories have to do with being able to work for two awesome stylists – Rachel Zoe and Joey Tierney.  I watched Rachel’s show on Bravo when I was in college, and I was so inspired by her and her drive.  When I got the opportunity to be a part of her styling team (thanks to an introduction from my good friend Lindsay Pogemiller!), it was a dream come true.  After working with Rachel, where I was part of a larger styling team, I worked with Joey, where I was her only assistant.  Working with Joey was a great next step for me because I had a lot more responsibility, and I was able to build on what I learned while I was with Rachel.  Working for Rachel and Joey led to so many new opportunities, and gave me perspective into the fashion industry that has really shaped and influenced my subsequent career moves.

What is one lesson you’ve learned since launching your blog, The Wardrobes?

Like most jobs in the fashion industry, people don’t realize that it’s really not that glamorous and is actually a lot of work. This is an around-the-clock job and it takes so much time to come up with new and interesting material and to take all those photographs.  It was also difficult for me to be so open with the world and to show everyone so much of my life. Ultimately though, all of that hard work is worth it. I’m constantly inspired by the people I meet through The Wardrobes and Instagram, and I love being able to inspire other people as well.