Originally published BY STYLITICS

 

Gents, there’s no better time to refresh your wardrobe than at the start of a new year. So, we’re giving away a private style chat with celebrity stylist Colin Megaro — and a hand-picked tie from Ties.com to boot!  Before we pick the winner on December 27th, though, we decided to get to know this fashion industry pro:

 

Stylitics: When and how did you discover your love for fashion?

CM: Truthfully, I have always had a love of fashion. From a young age, I was always interested in fabrics, fits and colors. I remember being in my Grandmother’s dressing room, watching her get ready for events or church and being fascinated by the entire process. There is something truly special about seeing a person look in the mirror and smile because they feel great. From that age on, I knew I had to work in fashion one day.

S: What’s your favorite part about working as a stylist?

CM: I’m one of the lucky ones who loves everything about his profession. No matter what we do in life, there are always going to be good and bad parts of the job. There is no sense in complaining about the parts we don’t like — we have to embrace and realize there is always a balance. My favorite part of being a stylist is the moment a client looks into the mirror, smiles, and realizes they’re “a better version of themselves.” It means I’ve — most importantly — made my client happy, and that I’ve done my job well.

 

From left to right: sunglassesshoesshirt, and bow tie.

S: What’s the most common styling question you get asked?

CM: Believe it or not, there isn’t a common question I’m asked. Every time I think I have been asked every possible question, a new one comes up; I wouldn’t have it any other way.

S: What’s your favorite item in your closet and why?

CM: One favorite item? You do know you’re asking this question to a stylist right? Kidding! If I had to select one piece it would be an Alexander McQueen Cashmere Tuxedo Coat. It was custom created for me for a black tie event several years ago. As if a cashmere overcoat doesn’t say enough, imagine that at the hem there are two hand-beaded love birds facing each other. Every time I remove it from its garment bag, my heart skips a beat with excitement.

S: What do you wish people knew about styling?

CM: In the case of styling, the most misunderstood element is that our job is glamorous and easy. Let me share that the process of preparing for a client or editorial, while fun, is neither glamorous nor easy. An immense amount of work goes into making sure our clients have the perfect “Red Carpet” moments. Remember, when something goes wrong on the red carpet or TV, the stylist is the one on the chopping block. Needless to say, we want to make sure that clients are always at their best.

 

Colin’s A-list clients include Yolanda Foster (left), Michael Emerson (middle), and Sara Paxton (right).

S: Where do you get your style inspiration?

CM: My style inspiration comes from my dressing room, the boutiques I love, magazine covers, being out shopping and from the stories of my clients’ lives. Truly, I find inspiration from so many sources that it’s almost comical. I can see the smallest piece of fabric and instantly have an idea for a gown or photo shoot.

S: What’s one piece of fashion advice you give to every client?

CM: Honestly, what comes to mind is how important tailoring is. Whether you’re purchasing a piece at H&M or Gucci, tailoring truly changes it. It allows that piece to fit you in a specific way that makes you feel great and look fabulous. Everyone should have a tailor in their rolodex. Oh, and remember: tailoring isn’t as expense as one might think!