Fashion student’s dream is alumna’s reality

by RACHEL SCHNEIDER
schneider@mtmary.edu

Katie Schuppler, a 2009 Mount Mary University graduate, is living her long-time dream as a fashion stylist in Chicago. Schuppler double-majored in fashion merchandise management and business administration at Mount Mary to achieve her goals of becoming a fashion stylist.

After moving to Chicago less than a year after graduating, Schuppler was ready to start her own styling firm, KS Style Consulting.

“I wanted to do something in fashion and I wanted it to be my own,” Schuppler said.

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Schuppler’s blog, “Fashion Speak”

KS Style Consulting offers its clients, both men and women, a variety of services: closet clean-out, personal shopping and lookbook sessions. Schuppler also styles client’s outfits for special occasions, maintains a fashion blog, and styles Whitney Reynolds, host of “The Whitney Reynolds Show.”

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“I choose various designers or boutiques in Chicago to pull from to style Whitney for the show,” Schuppler said. “I bring her anywhere from one to five options per week to wear on set.”

To get KS Style Consulting started, Schuppler placed an advertisement on Chicago Now, a community blogging site, but waited a couple months for a call from her first client.

“It was quite a challenge to start my business,” Schuppler said. “Not having a storefront and being a service business that comes to the client, it takes double the effort to reach potential clients.”

Schuppler continued to work to grow her business. Now KS Style Consulting grows its client list every year. Schuppler now has more than 50 consistent clients. Although she manages the business on her own, in the future she hopes to hire an intern or assistant.

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Mount Mary graduate Katie Schuppler styles a wedding shower in her career as a fashion stylist.

To get her career started, Schuppler worked for Fred, the trendy boutique in downtown Milwaukee, while studying at Mount Mary. Schuppler started out as a sales associate and worked her way up to style director for the boutique by the time she graduated.

“I had a blog for [Fred] and wrote style reports and also helped style clients, fashion shows, and various window displays,” Schuppler said.

She continued to work at Fred a few months after gradation, and then moved to Chicago to pursue her dreams.

Katie’s Tips for Your Closet Overhaul

  1. Throw out anything that is boxy, dated or worn.
  2. Organize tops by sleeve length (sleeveless, short sleeve, long sleeve and sweaters); this way nothing gets lost.
  3. Organize bottoms and dresses together. Hang pants first, skirts next and then dresses (according to sleeve length).
  4. Place pairs of shoes opposite each other so that one shoe has the toe facing the wall and the other shoe has the heel facing the wall. It saves a lot of room for more shoe space!
  5. Replace any plastic or wire hangers with black or tan non-slip hangers. They are miracle workers.

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