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How Being A UX Designer & Fashion Stylist Go Hand In Hand

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How Being A UX Designer & Fashion Stylist Go Hand In Hand

It's a snow day here in NYC and after a busy week, all I want to do is relax. So, what does my Saturday consist of? Learning the basic essentials of Sketch on Lynda.com, reading Vogue & oh yea binge watching Queen Sugar. 

So, before learning UX I took the road to self-teach myself on understanding HTML/CSS. Let me just say to better understand tech you must create some kind of analogy in your head. Or is that just me? By creating analogies, it's helped me understand how what I'm learning now is similar to my past experience as a fashion stylist. I know your thinking, how sway, how? After much thought, I figure I create this post on just how UX design and being fashion stylist hold similar values, here's how:

PHASE I: UX/UI X FASHION STYLING

The beginning stages of being a UX designer and a fashion stylist are similar. To begin any project you need to understand just what a client needs are in order for you to execute. The talent behind any designer is already envisioning what the client needs in your mind before you place it on paper. As a stylist, you are the creative director, you are the person that places all of the essentials together whether it's makeup, hair and clothing it's all up to you! Sound familiar?

Phase II: PUTTING IT ON PAPER

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The next phase is rough drafting your ideas on paper. In UX, this is an example of a wireframe. Wireframes are drafting the step by step process of the particular concept. With wireframing, you can also draw out your rough draft in a digital format. Me personally, I love the old fashion route pen and paper, pleaseAs a stylist, we create mood boards,  a mood board is a collage of photos that are an inspiration but are in the ideal format of the shoot you plan to create. 

Phase III: Testing/Shoot Mode

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Ah, as I research more on UX I'm learning there is no time limit on the testing phase. There are SO many ways to test out a product. On the fashion side, on the day of a photo shoot, you as the stylist are to bring a variety of different options on set. This is definitely testing. In the end, what you first thought was ideal can change along the way and it's important to test things out to get it right. 

Phase IV: Bring It To Light

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Finally! The stage every creator loves! In this stage, as a UX designer, this is the best time to have your prototype up and ready to go! A prototype is more of a finalized out come of your project, this is more in digital format. Some changes can still be made but initially, the main points are where they need to be. As a stylist, bringing it to light means seeing your hard work in an editorial, music video, etc. It's always priceless seeing your work in the spotlight and knowing what it took to create such art.

The Results:

It's all the same! haha. Of course, each career entails many differences. I believe it's up to you in putting in the effort on understanding anything new. In the past, I was afraid of tackling science class because I genuinely felt I wasn't "smart" enough to "get-it". Now, that I've embarked on this journey and things are making sense by putting in effort and understanding the my past is somewhat no different it helps! This may not be the same for everyone but understand that if you put your mind to it as cliche as it sounds you can most certainly do it.

Have you created an analogy when learning something new? Comment below! #Let'sChat

#TechStyle: Are Slacks Still Considered "Corporate"?

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What if you could remake your slacks into a casual look?

Hey Good People! 

How are you? Hope all is well! I'm apart of an amazing group on Facebook called Tech Ladies. This group is filled with magnificent women from all over the world switching to tech careers, preparing for job interviews and even needing just simple girl talk.

I've noticed more and more questions regarding wardrobe. Yes! This gets me super excited! Once you step into the tech world, you start to question your wardrobe. Is it just me or does this come to mind:

"Am I Over-dressed?"

"Are my leggings inappropriate?"

"Omg, what should I wear to the first interview?"

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Tech startups always want you to be in "casual wear", well what the heck is that? Casual means A LOT of things you can come in with jeans, sneakers, boots, and hoodies. But Is that still considered okay? 

One of the pieces that will always be a universal are slacks aka dressy of pants. Do you remember back in the day, you whore your best pair of slacks for a church, a job interview and you literally had every single color! I'm guilty too.

Slacks were considered to be the "go-to" for every corporate job. Slacks were the number one item to have in your closet to now being a scare source. I'm guilty of that too. 

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I think women in tech stray away from slacks because of the thought of being "over-dressed" especially too "corporate".But what if you could remake your personal slacks into a casual look?

My number one rule when it comes to fashion is always be comfortable! Take for instance my look below, okay tech ladies let's talk style:

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My Look:

***I must say the hat is pretty "risky" so please don't mind the hat this is completely for out of the office***

Okay now...

The idea behind this look is establishing a cool business casual look. Button ups are always a great way to dress up and down. A great classic button up with a fun print shows personality and professionalism. Pairing the looks with an ankle cut slack I chose a cute sneaker to tone the look down. 

This way you don't feel too overdressed around your dev team :) Remember presentation is key and understanding your style is always a plus. Never overthink it just stay true to who you are.

Wear what you like and be comfortable. I wear leggings, tunics and boots. Just because others are wearing jeans and sweatshirts doesn’t mean I need to. I wear my fun jewelry too. If anything if you dress up, other women are more likely to kick it up more and join you.
— Ashini J. Desai- Business Engineering Team Manager

 

So yes! Slacks will always be considered corporate but the beauty of it all is you making it your own. 

Hope this helps! I'd love to see what your'e wearing! Do you wear slacks to work?