Dressing the Part

Nordstrom stylist Flannery Zimmer translates fashion trends to the public

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“Providence doesn’t have just one style,” says Flannery Zimmer, a personal stylist at Nordstrom Providence Place. “I get to see a good mix of people in the store. Everyone comes in and shops all the different departments. They really mix and match everything.”

As a personal stylist, Flannery works with individual clients, creating a private shopping room on the second floor of the store where anyone (the service is free) can go for a completely customized, one-on-one experience. “It can be a lot of fun,” she says. “You can get people to try a lot of things they haven’t tried before.” Often a client is shopping for an event, and is looking for a specific thing. “I pick based on trends, on what’s new that has come in that I really like, and on what they ask for. I set up the room for them, so when they walk in I have everything set up into outfits with accessories. I explain why I’ve pulled things and how you can combine different items and wear everything in multiple ways.”

Flannery, who studied textile design, styling and fashion merchandising at URI, loves to study what’s happening locally and nationally in terms of trends. “I’m still trying to figure out my personal style,” she says. “It changes all the time. I’m really influenced by blogs and social media. I do Twitter (@FDZ_NordStylist) and Instagram for the store, and it really influences the way I dress every day.”

For fall, Flannery is interested in contrast. “Right now I really love mixing prints and different textures,” she explains. “We call it mixed media – it’s the new color blocking, but instead of just mixing colors, you’re mixing textures, too. You can mix a tweed jacked with python booties – or if that’s too much, just do a tweed jacket with leather trim and keep the rest simple. It’s great for fall because I love layering.”

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