Working From Home With…DAKS’ Runway Show Stylist, Freelance Fashion Stylist and Art Director, Steph Wilson.

Working from home with friends of DAKS: This Week DAKS caught up with Freelance Fashion Stylist and Art Director, Steph Wilson. Steph is a great friend of DAKS, styling both lookbooks and runway shows for the brand over multiple seasons. Steph fills DAKS in on her top-tips for keeping stylish at home, androgynous dressing and how her working from home life has changed since lock down.

Steph Wilson is a freelance Fashion Stylist and Art Director who works closely with DAKS in styling their runway shows. Over the years Steph has contributed to a wide range of style titles including and Elle, ES Magazine, GQ, Glass Magazine, Grazia and The Guardian Weekend and worked with brands like Adidas, DAKS, H&M, Levi’s, Selfridges and Stella McCartney. Steph has also had the pleasure of working with the best of British acting talents too including Daniel Craig, Emma Thompson, Maxine Peak and Qwendolin Christie and has spent the last three years working as personal stylist to Zawe Ashton. 

What do you wear when you’re working from home?

At the moment it’s a combination of boiler-suits, Isabel Marant utility trousers and depending on the weather either white mannish shirts or sweatshirts worn with socks and Birkenstock’s.

Define your style in 3 words:

Androgynous, utility and layered.

How do you incorporate your style into your home?

Much like my personal style, my home has a very masculine feel and I love mid-century furniture. We have recently moved, so have enjoyed filling the new-found space with new pieces and have found a wealth of beautiful bargains locally and on auction sites - like our 1960s G-Plan cabinet that thankfully now neatly houses some of our shoes, hats & gloves and the amazing G-Plan shelving unit that is the new home for a small part of my Vogue magazine collection, art books and our recent obsession with Sylvac pottery.

Most treasured item in your wardrobe?

I tend to have investment pieces that I quite literally love-to-death and then can’t bare to get rid of
like my 3.1 Phillip Lim oversized, over-coat I bought over 15 years ago. But my current most treasured pieces are my heavily-loved, vintage Chanel 2.55 bag, my ‘Old’ Celine long-leather boots and my newest treasure is my new Acne ‘Musubi’ bag that I obsessed over for about 12 months and regularly visited at Liberty in London.

One item of clothing you feel its worth investing in each season?

Ohh most definitely a blazer - I live in them for work. I love an over-sized, androgynous style that I usually wear with a crisp white T-shirt and high-waisted jeans or utility-style trousers. I recently invested in an Isabel Marant Etoile over-sized, lightweight wool blazer that I can’t wait to wear when I get back to work.

What is your morning routine and how has it changed since working from home?

My morning routine has changed a lot in the lockdown, as instead of getting up super-early to catch a train into town, my husband and I take it in turns to attempt some sort of home schooling in the morning for our 3.5 year old daughter Emmanuelle (although she’d much rather dress-up as Peter Pan or a Pirate and run around the garden instead). We usually wake at 7.30 (a new-found luxury) and have breakfast together - the bonus being when it’s your day off home-school you also get to have tea and toast in bed, then we with either start school around 9am or I go for run along the beach if it’s my day off. 

How do you unwind/top tips to de-stress?

I find for me that starting or ending the day with exercise totally helps to de-stress. I love running and feel very lucky to have just moved down to the Kent coast as the views are amazing but since the lockdown I have tried other things too - like rediscovering the joy of bike rides and recently I did a wonderful 15 minute virtual mediation session with a hairdresser friend of mine who guided me through each stage live via Whats App. I can highly recommend it to anyone, especially those without access to private outdoor space.

5top-tips to stay focused while working at home?

1. Set yourself small achievable daily goals and make lists each day on something like Apple ‘Notes’ - adding little tick boxes so to give you the satisfaction on completion.
2. Listen to music, podcasts or the radio through headphones whilst working as it helps shut out the
outside world and keep you focused.
3.  Break your day up into 3 parts and make sure to reward yourself after each part by making a
cuppa, going for a walk or even doing a little virtual shopping (my favourite).
4. Create a beautiful work environment by adding flowers, candles and books to your desk to make it as more inviting. I work on our dining room table and love looking up at our new vintage G-plan shelving unit and I keep rearranging things on a daily basic.
5. Reduce your work hours to take into account the lack of travel time and take full advantage of
having a 2 hour lunch break whilst you can!

First place you’ll eat / visit post working from home?

Living in Deal we have lots of wonderful local eateries but one of favourites is the ‘Deal Pier Kitchen’
- positioned at the end of Deal’s beautiful Brutalist Pier. We go there every weekend for brunch and if
working from home we often pop in for afternoon tea and cake as they have the most amazing
variety of home-made cakes and always serve lovely fresh, local produce too. Sadly it had to shutdown totally during lockdown so I’ll be really happy for all the wonderful staff when it opens again.

Steph Wilson's At Home Edit