Shortly after graduating from Northeastern University with a degree in communication studies, stylist Amy Salinger decided that she didn’t want a “real” job at an office. While most of her fellow graduates began their job search, Salinger was starting up her own business as a stylist, using her friendly nature and ambition to make a name for herself.
“I come from an entrepreneurial family, so running my own business was the norm,” Salinger said. “I originally wanted to be a newscaster. Now I go on the news, but as a stylist!”
Salinger has been styling behind the scenes of numerous TV shows, including “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” TLC’s “What Not to Wear” and “The Makeover Story,” to name a few. She has also worked with celebrities such as Kate Moss and Michelle Williams.
“Becoming a stylist is hard. … You have to really love it, have ambition and drive, and be ready to network. You are your business, and being willing to work, work, work is the name of the game. There is a lot of free work before you get paid to work,” Salinger said.
Although working for free is not the most glamorous pursuit, living in New York provides all the perks Salinger needs to get her creative mind bubbling. “Just watching people in this city is like an open fashion magazine,” Salinger said. When she is not people-watching on the street for inspiration, she follows celebrity styles. “They have access to the styles before the rest of us,” Salinger said.
When asked what trends to look out for, the fashion expert had this advice: “Leather for spring. Buy a great bomber that is not black, and pair with platform shoes to get some height without the pain. Pattern on the bottom half, and keep the top solid.”
In addition to keeping with the trends, Salinger’s biggest advice has always been to make sure the items you buy truly reflect your personality. “If it doesn’t feel ‘you,’ don’t buy it,” she said.
With her unique sense of style, bubbly personality and determined attitude, Salinger is making a name for herself in the fashion industry. In addition to an already busy schedule, Salinger is currently filming her own TV show for Lifetime focused on her role as a stylist. Salinger is excited for the show to expand viewers’ perceptions and knowledge on the world of styling. Who knows, she might even be the next Rachel Zoe.