Q&A: Photo shoot stylist Lily Schlosser

  • Photos by Meghan Ralston
From the February 7, 2013 edition

If Columbus Alive did a Fashionistas to Watch (like we do for bands or people) Lily Schlosser would be a shoo-in. Since moving to Columbus in 2010, she’s become a photo shoot stylist and her blog is a go-to resource for fashion-forward types. Schlosser had another big accomplishment recently when she, and her impeccable style, was featured in the fashion magazine Lucky — twice. If you need help looking good — ladies and gentlemen — look no further.

The styling side of my job at Lauryn Byrdy Photography includes working with our clients on what they’re going to wear for their photo shoots. The best part is going through their wardrobes and coming up with new combinations of things. It’s really fun to have them say, “Oh my god, I can’t believe I can wear those things together. I’m going to wear that later tonight.” It’s nice when I find something they always really liked, but didn’t really know how to wear; showing them some different tips with things they already own. It’s a lot of fun going through people’s closets … like a kid in a candy store.

I started my blog, Lucky Star, after I graduated from Dennison in 2010 and moved here. I’d really been into fashion and read fashion blogs all throughout college. I studied abroad in Paris my junior year and fell in love with fashion there.

I became a part of Lucky’s blogging community after I applied and got accepted. If I write something on my blog, I’ll post it to Lucky Community as well. [Lucky] contacted me a couple months ago about an image of me that I’d styled for a post about an easy weekend outfit. They really loved it and wanted to run it in their January issue on their Lucky Community page. The next month they contacted me again about another image I posted and that ran in February. They also did another online feature, “Cute Outfit of the Day,” that featured an image from my blog. I bought like five copies of the issues. The guy at the grocery store looked at me funny and said, “You must really like this magazine.” I said, “You won’t believe this, but I’m in here.”

The past six months I’ve been doing a lot of personal style posts, which are my favorite. It’s just pictures of me, styled out of my own closet. I have a very simple style, but I like to add unexpected elements, like a vintage piece, a thrift piece or something that’s been passed down to me from my parents or grandparents. I love to throw my grandpa’s watch on and pair it with some more feminine or modern pieces. It has a story and a feeling behind it. When I look at it, I think of my grandpa.

I’ve also been writing about men’s fashion recently. It’s something I wanted to take on because it would be something different, a challenge. I work with what men are going to wear at my job. So I do a lot of what I do for women’s fashion posts; simple styling tricks like tying your boots in a new way around the ankle, or layering different things, and not being afraid to use accessories. Scarves are great for this time of year.

I really love all the boutiques in town and shop at them a lot. I love Rowe Boutique. The girls there have great style and have every range of item you want, from dresses and accessories to scarfs and shoes. It’s a great go-to if you need a whole outfit. Ladybird next door is another really great store. I was really excited when Thread in Grandview opened because it’s nice to see a boutique in the neighborhood. Those are my favorite for women’s clothes. Tigertree, Brigade and Milk Bar have great stuff for men and women.