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Sex and the City stylist Patricia Field is having a good two decades. She's gone from being a local NYC boldface name and cult figure in downtown New York's retail and nightlife scene to being one of the top (and top paid) fashion and film stylists of the 21st century. How does she do it? What's her M.O.?
"This is your life and you can only enjoy it because, otherwise, you're wasting your time," she says of her fashion philosophy—which, by the way, is the same as her life philosophy.
Getting dressed in the morning is "a storytelling of who you are and what you're doing that day—put yourself on a stage. That stage can be the office that day. Once you have the idea, it's just connect-the-dots. Your accessories will really help you in this narration of the mood, of the look."
This is when the video gets a little batty. Field suggests a beach outfit—a perforated tank top layered over a bandeau top and super-short denim shorts, accessorized with a beach backpack—because the denim shorts and the bandeau top will double as a swimsuit (!?).
Our favorite Field quote? "Lucky charms appeal to all human beings." Yes, they sure do. After all, they're magically delicious.
· Patricia Field Asks: What Style Story Do You Want to Tell Today [YouTube]