put your party pants on

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It’s the start of a new week and sometimes the only way to beat the “back-to-work” blues is to put your party pants on. Champagne also works, but we figured these Artelier Nicole Miller beaded guys would be the more practical solution given the circumstances. It is only Monday, after all.

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sweatshirt: IRO / pants: c/o Artelier Nicole Miller / clutch: Tom Ford (similar here and here) / sandals: IRO (on sale here; also love these) / sunglasses: Ray-Ban / scull bracelet: LeiVanKash (on sale here) / black enamel bangle: c/o Henri Bendel (similar here) / rings: Dana Rebecca Designs

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images by Lynsey Eaton for TKC

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tkc profiles: melissa triber

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We first met Melissa Triber on the set of Katie’s shoot with Institute Magazine. After seeing the images that came out of that day (the styling was amazing), we couldn’t help but track Melissa down and force her to give us her deets. A Los Angeles based wardrobe stylist who claims she sort of stumbled into the profession, Melissa is as humble as she is talented – both reasons why we are obsessed with her. And while she may downplay her successes, we won’t. Subtlety was never our forte.

Triber has worked with well-known publications like LA Confidential and The Hollywood Reporter, brands as big as Disney and more celebrities than you can count (think Demi Lovato, Kendall & Kylie Jenner and Anna Kendrick, to name drop a few). Needless to say, she’s killing it. Read on to get some style tips from a pro, and you just might pick up some life tips from someone who clearly knows how to lead a good one.

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TKC: How did get your start in styling?
MT: I was actually asked to help on set for Paper Magazine a little over 4 1/2 years ago, and I had no idea what ‘being a stylist’ even entailed. I had just moved to LA to study trend forecasting at FIDM and I figured it wouldn’t hurt to expand my work experience in the fashion industry. After the first shoot, I started to assist more frequently, eventually working as a key stylist when needed. I then was approached by publicists and agents because they liked my work from the magazine. From there I began expanding my experience in other editorial and red carpet appearances and slowly moved into campaign work.

TKC: Would you consider one moment your ‘big break?’
MT: In short answer, no. I associate the term ‘big break’ with reaching a comfort level and I never want to feel comfortable with my accomplishments as it would welcome the possibility of slowing down. There are always new jobs to book and creative opportunities to be had, and the last thing I want is to hold myself back from moving forward. Also, my idea of a ‘big break’ is forever evolving as I continue to develop and reach new personal goals.

TKC: What do you find to be the most exciting part of what you do?
MT: Creating. Inspiring. Pushing boundaries. Positively influencing the way someone feels about themselves.

TKC: How would you describe your own personal style?
MT: Oh I’m all over the board, but that’s what I love about fashion. You start as a blank canvas every day and are capable of dressing however you want in order to reflect how you feel. My style tends to fluctuate between beach grunge and street wear with pops of unexpected femininity.

TKC: Day to day, what are you wearing? Do you have a sort of work uniform?
MT: My schedule tends to be a little crazy, so I like to focus on comfort. I’m almost always wearing either all black or all white with at least one item frayed or distressed. I gravitate towards day dresses, band tees or tanks and rolled skinny jeans with ankle boots.

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TKC: Does your personal style influence your work at all?
MT: Absolutely. When I mentioned creating as one of my favorite parts of styling, it’s because I’m drawn towards pairing the unconventional together. The more unexpected a look might be, the more apt I am to put someone in it. With that being said, balance is extremely important. For example, I currently have on ripped black skinny jeans, but I paired them with a black structured peplum tank to balance the masculinity of the distressed denim and ankle boots. I take pride in doing the same for jobs. For one of Katie’s looks in Institute Magazine this month, I put her in a white suit with only a black bandage bra underneath and pointed toe heels.

TKC: Is there a particular designer or look that you tend to favor?
MT: In regards to styling, it always depends on the project. My favorite jobs are the youth-centric street wear shoots driven by trends, but I rarely get the chance to work on those. My personal style is quite tomboy, so I tend to favor Rag & Bone, The Kooples, Theory and Helmut Lang. I’ve been really into sportswear as of late, so I’ve been incorporating some athletic pieces into my daily attire as well. My mesh “Ghetto” jersey and high-waisted a-line leather skirt have been my go-to recently.

TKC: On the flipside, are there any trends that you absolutely loathe?
MT: Not that I can think of. As long as people can rock a look with confidence, I say wear it and wear it well.

TKC: On a day off in LA, where can we find you and what are you wearing?
MT: When I actually have a day off, I make sure to get out of the city. I love taking day trips with friends to places we’ve never been; I love to hike, cliff jump and explore. If I do stay in town and I’m not at the beach, I’m probably at a summer concert, outdoor movie or perusing a local event/art exhibit. I love to shop the Melrose Farmers Market and I’m exceptional at brunching. The Hart and The Hunter is my favorite spot! You’d probably find me in my favorite Doors black muscle tank and frayed shortalls with ankle boots and a plaid tied around my waist.

TKC: Cocktails, wine or beer? What are you sippin?
MT: Depends on the occasion. I’m mostly into wine, but you can bet the first thing I buy at a baseball game is the largest beer possible.

TKC: What advice would you give 22 year old Melissa?
MT: Don’t underestimate yourself. Be humble. Never stop learning. Embrace everything with an open mind and positive attitude. Follow your intuition.

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sweatshirt: Burning Torch / shorts: Line & Dot / heels: Carmen Steffens / sunglasses: Sicky Eyewear

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if the shoe doesn’t fit

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When I walk into a sale akin to the Neiman Marcus clearance I attended last week, I without fail go through the five stages of bargain hunting: Anticipation, Frenzy, Anger, Negotiation and Rationalization.

Anticipation. I lie in bed at night dreaming of organized racks of curated Band of Outsiders meets Carven marked down to 90% off, empty dressing rooms, water on demand and Manolo Blahnik gift-bags at the door.

Frenzy. As my dreams become distant and I reach a somewhat lucid state of consciousness, my anticipation slowly turns into anxiety (“What if everyone else knows about this magical place and the Manolo Blahnik gift-bags are all gone before I arrive?!”). Upon arrival at the sale (three hours early, no doubt), the immediate sensory overload quickly turns into a full on frenzy (“Who are all of these people? Where did she get that?”) which results in some light stalking of fellow patrons and flying arms while I try to snap up anything within my grasp, regardless of size, like an Australian Sundew plant for fabric.

Anger. After loading myself up with more clothing than a pack mule could carry, I climb over throngs of people to force my way into a dressing room with my bounty and hole myself up in the corner room to pore over my discoveries without interference. I try on my treasure only to find holes in fabric (“But this was the last one!”), lurking zero’s on price tags (“I thought this said fifty dollars”) and sizes that are there for a reason. My rage mounts at each discovery as I become more and more outraged that only 100 of the 500 items I managed to rip from other shoppers hands are even purchasable. What was the point!

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Bargaining. As I come off of my bender I remind myself that I couldn’t purchase everything in the room even if I wanted to (credit cards have their limits, after all), and I begin bargaining with myself, the clothing (“Three sizes up is totally fixable, right?”), and my checking account (“If I get the dress and the coat, I promise I won’t do any more shopping this year month”). Ultimately, I walk out with a few more items than I went in planning to purchase, most of which are in the wrong size and will require some post-sale work… and no gift-bag.

Rationalization. What else is a girl left to do, it was final sale.

Case in point: This dress, which is two sizes too big, was a product of the aforementioned trip to the Neiman Marcus clearance (I also left with a sweater that is three sizes bigger than that which the US sizing chart has designated as mine). With no tailoring and some creative styling (read: just bunching all of the excess fabric in the back), I think I actually managed to do something right for once. Either that, or I am still in stage five. Only time will tell.

– Lynsey Eaton

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shirt dress: McQ by Alexander McQueen (similar on sale here; also love this one) / heels: Camilla Skovgaard (old; a CRAZY deal on these, and similar on sale here and here) / earrings: Oscar de la Renta (similar here and here) / clutch: Jennifer Haley (similar here; also adore this one) / sunglasses: Red’s Outfitters c/o Waiting on Martha / watch: c/o Daniel Wellington

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