Introducing: Kim Brooks Style
Bellevue resident Kim Brooks has been interested in fashion since she was old enough to buy magazines and clothes.
“I spent all my money on that,” says the self-proclaimed “bartender of clothes” – and founder of Kim Brooks Style (formerly Pink Pagoda Style).
Originally from Vancouver, B.C., Brooks worked in retail and wholesale for several years before making styling her full-time gig.
“After I had kids I decided I wanted to do something for myself,” Brooks says.
It’s at that point she started doing closet consultations with her friends – helping them reorganize their wardrobes and refocus their style.
“I figured there is so much Lulu Lemon and Uggs happening [in the Greater Seattle Area] that I needed to adjust that. It became my mission to help women find their own style.”
For the past year, Brooks has been developing her online presence – moving from her Facebook page to regularly posting under Pink Pagoda, and now KimBrooksStyle.com.
Inspired by looks on the street and emails she receives from readers, Brooks covers fashion for all types of occasions – for both woman and men. She recently did a post on how to accessorize for swanky auctions, and is a regular contributor to Hip Travel Mama, an Eastside-based travel and lifestyle blog.
“I’m in charge of clothes,” Brooks says about her weekly post.
In addition to serving as a personal stylist, Brooks’ business has branched out to speaking engagements, styling fashion shoots and Fashion 101s with clients. While Brooks doesn’t consider herself an interior designer, she has also been hired to redecorate living spaces.
“Once clients see you are a visual person, they ask about other things,” Brooks says.
In this tradition, Brooks occasionally dabbles in creating table settings for wedding receptions as well.
Brooks says that most of the women that contact her are feeling lost in their wardrobe.
“They have a lot of clothes, but they don’t know how to put them together,” Brooks says.
Her job is to help them sift through the clutter – and jumpstart their style.
“I love working with individual women because a lot of times there are feelings attached to what’s going on in their wardrobe,” Brooks says. “And when they have a break out moment, it’s so rewarding.”
Brooks says she is not the type of stylist that takes people to only high end stores. In fact, balancing the high and the low are at the heart of what she does.
“I don’t think people need to spend all of their money on designer clothes to look good,” Brooks says.
Regarding the impending warmer weather, Brooks said Spring 2013 fashions are all over the board. Among the trends are stripes, florals, pastels, bright colors, leather and faux-leather.
“And a lot of white on white.”
Brooks says people in the Northwest are often hesitant to incorporate colors or patterns in to their wardrobe.
“Color is good because it gets rid of the gray,” Brooks says.
Just don’t wear pastels from head to toe – or you’ll look like an Easter egg.
KIM BROOKS STYLE: SPRING 2013
Glasses: Alfred Sung/Vintage 80’s (stylists own)
Blazer with Faux Leather Detail: Bliss
Dress: Bliss – can be worn as skirt
Orange/Gold Ring: Dream
Black and White Bangle: (stylists own)
Black and Gold Bracelet: Stella & Dot
Lipstick: NARS (Niagra)
Savannah appears on behalf of Seattle Models Guild