Q+A: Ashley Ording / web stylist for Anthropologie

Talk about your style. In short my style is feminine with a sense of humor. I’m drawn to vintage pieces but I love mixing them with modern ones, and there always has to be some kind of weird twist. Oh, and I hardly ever wear pants but on those rare occasions you can bet that they are covered in sequins or metallic polka dots.

How did you come about working for Anthropologie + what are some of your main responsibilities? Anthropologie reached out to me almost three years ago and I almost couldn’t believe it. Although it meant moving across the country from San Francisco to Philadelphia, I couldn’t resist such a wonderful opportunity to work for a brand that I adore. My position is Web Stylist for apparel, and I’m one of only three ladies that styles all of the on-model looks on the web site. I’m also the stylist for all on-model social media shoots at Anthropologie. It’s absolutely my dream job and I have learned so much in the two years I’ve been with the company.

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What does your typical day consist of? On any given day I am either creating outfits with the newest product yet to be shot, on set styling that day’s model, or assisting my fellow stylists while they are on set. A normal day involves going through a lot of product, making sure our prop room is organized, keeping track of which items are a priority to shoot, and researching outfitting inspiration. I am also responsible for making sure that our retouching team is aware of any particular tweaks that need to be made to a certain look, such as brightening a dark shadow or removing a stain. There are many details to keep on top of and the pace is always fast, but I love every bit of it!

Is there a designer/artist/photographer/blogger that you look up to and why? Currently I am quite enamored with Josep Font, the designer who recently took over designing at Delpozo. I’m obsessed with nearly every single look he creates, it’s crazy how talented and imaginative he is.

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Name five items in your closet that you cannot live without. In no particular order: one – a 1970’s beige soutache lace vest, two – 1980’s burgundy crocodile Ferragamo flats that I should probably throw away at this point, three – my crazy floor length lace trimmed 1960’s robe that I wear nearly every single day around my apartment, four – a beautiful but delicate 1950’s sleeveless silk cropped top that is the prettiest shade of pale brown, five – is it fair to say all of my vintage dresses as one thing?

What inspires you? Women with innate personal style who dress to please themselves and no one else. I love it when you can tell that someone doesn’t give a damn about what others think about their taste. Those people are the most stylish.

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Where do you see yourself in the next 5-10 years? It’s funny, my boyfriend and I have been discussing this very topic quite a bit lately. I’m good at planning in the short term but when it comes to 5 or 10 years from now things get a bit hazy in my mind. I can say that I would like to be creatively fulfilled, still styling but in an even more involved way, and living somewhere new and inspiring. I know that I won’t be in Philadelphia forever, so it’s fun to dream about where I might end up.

Lastly, any life advice? Ah, I doubt I’m terribly qualified for this one but I can sincerely say that listening to my own instincts and no one else’s has served me well. Do what you love to do, wear what you love to wear, and follow your passions always. You may get a few funny looks along the way, but you won’t have time to care if you are fully engaged with making your own life a fantastic one.