A stylish disposition with fashion stylist Sally-Anne Argyle
Interview originally posted May 2014
All hail this month’s celebration of creativity. I’ve rolled out the red carpet to welcome a very special guest over here on the Up Coaching blog this month. Sally-Anne Argyle is a freelance fashion stylist and journalist, and one of my most favourite people in the world. Friend, fashionista, surf queen and yogi. There’s nothing this girl can’t turn a stylish hand to. I’ve been lucky enough to know Sally-Anne since our days together at the London College of Fashion, where we created a strong and enduring bond.
We’ve worked together, laughed (a lot) together, cried together, danced together and grown together.
If I could bring out the trumpets and start the fanfare for this very special guest I would. Just now, you are going to have to use your imagination.
So, stand up there young Sally-Anne, introduce your beautiful self to the lovely readers of Up Coaching.
Hey there, I’m a freelance fashion stylist and journalist. I couldn’t wait to get to London at the tender age of 18, being from the south coast I hadn’t even been on a shopping trip in London before I came to the big smoke. It was an immediate love affair.
I’d wanted to be a fashion editor since I was 14 but fashion isn’t any easy game to break and after studying at London College of Fashion I spent a lot of time working for free, making tea whilst keeping up 3 jobs to pay my way to the fashion dream.
I got my first real break on radical culture magazine Adrenalin and went from there to be fashion editor of more! magazine, Zest and now I’m busting the tabloids at The Sun.
One of my biggest achievements so far was when I threw caution to the wind last year and embarked on a surf sabbatical. I took a job as a surf assistant with Soul & Surf in Kerala, India. I’m a self-confessed work-a-holic so to leave everything behind me for a while gave me so much. Not giving into fears of having to stay in the daily grind to be successful. I lived with a few kilos of luggage and my surf board, and was deliriously happy. Coaching with Kate at Up Coaching got me to that point and I’ve never looked back.
My life always works in two extremes. On the one hand I work in a pretty stressful environment full of deadlines and madness. On the other I chill out hard; surfing, riding horses and doing plenty of yoga.
What does your job as Deputy Fashion Editor at The Sun involve?:
My job is always a bit bonkers and super varied, which I love. One day I’ll be in a sunny corner of the world shooting gorgeous clothes on beautiful people, the next I could be writing a big feature within just a few hours, I never know what tomorrow will bring. The deadlines can be pretty tough, but I thrive on a bit of pressure.
What inspires you so much it makes you cry / laugh / your heart quicken?
Kindness. When people are generally kind and sweet to each other – or to me – I generally wanna weep. My love of surfing and horse riding keeps me stoked on life. Yoga is my mental saviour – I’m super excited to be starting my teacher training, to be able to pass on that gift to others will be incredible.
What does being creative mean to you?
Being creative is everything to me. I couldn’t work in a non-creative environment. I love the whole process from the nugget of an idea to completing a fashion spread. Taking an idea for a shoot and working it up through the idea stage, working with a shoot team, styling clothes, art directing, editing the pics and writing the copy. I always want to be shooting and being creating. I love to make things beautiful and interesting.
What has been the biggest lesson in your career so far?
We are always learning; the day we stop learning is the day we stop living. I’ve learnt that you have to stand up for yourself, it’s no one else’s responsibility to fight your corner, you have to stand up and do it yourself.
What’s been your favourite / funniest / most memorable point in your career so far?
There are many crazy moments, but when I was shooting a story at the Isle of Wight festival we had the models on the main stage for a shot. The crowd went wild. I felt like a Rock God for a whole five minutes.
Whose advice do you listen to the most?
My dearest friends. They are family to me.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learnt in life that will take you through your years?
Don’t worry about what you can’t control. Concentrate on the people and things that you can make a difference with and that are good to you.
What gift have you got to share with the world?
I’ve always been told I’m a very positive person. What’s the point of being negative anyway? I like to think that my positivity is a little bit infectious.
How do you balance your work / career with the things you love most outside of work?
I don’t really relax sitting still so when I’m not working I make sure I’m busy with plenty of fun stuff. Whether that’s the people I’m with, or what I’m doing, I make sure I switch off and immerse myself in what’s going on right now.
Who’s part of Team Sally?
My family, past and present. My incredible friends – Kate, Sophie, Leah and all of the other corkers. My absolute dude of a horse, Sam, he knows all my secrets.
What advice would you give your 18 year old self?
Don’t be afraid. Say ‘yes’ to as many things as you can – you can do whatever you want kid.
What are your dreams for your future?
My dreams are simple. Making time to do more of the things I love more of the time. It’s a technicoloured dream of waves, horses, family, friends, love, yoga. All beautifully styled, of course.
Follow Sally on Twitter @SallaBalla