Seasonal Comfort

Style Sessions with Monika Tatalovic



For London-based stylist Monika Tatalovic (@monikatatalovic), pre-Covid life was a blur of shoots, travel and the heady buzz of creating through collaboration. Her work is defined by clean silhouettes with whimsical surrealist touches and she credits strong interchanges of ideas as key to developing your signature. “The more work you produce, the more your style develops, the stronger your aesthetic becomes,” she explains.

 

When it comes to personal style, however, it’s more of a self-described “mixed bag” as she possibly switches from “slob” one day to heels and a miniskirt the next. Like most of us, Monika has been spending more time at home than ever before, but in her view, making a little effort in what you wear goes a long way to making a difference in how you feel.

 

Whilst we’re all keen to prioritise comfort, there are times when looking more put together is necessary, whether it’s for work or just for a mental change. We invited her to show us some items that are easy to mix and efficient to layer in your everyday looks. “Staple pieces in my winter wardrobe are coats. I’m all about coats, big, long, exaggerated silhouettes for days,” she says enthusiastically. “That way, even if you’re having a sweatpants moment, you can tuck it away under an amazing statement coat when you step outside.”

 

HOW DID YOU GET INTERESTED IN FASHION?

 

To be honest, it sprouted quite late in my teenage years - before that, I was a major tomboy who played sports and wore my brother’s clothes. It was only when my mom introduced me to her client, a stylist in Toronto, that my interest started to peak. He brought me onto a job as a favour and that was it. I loved the pace, the eccentric personalities on set, the endless racks of beautiful clothes, the blaring loud techno music, the collaboration of minds and the fantasy worlds they create.



“THE CUT-OUT NECKLINE ON THIS KNIT DRESS IS SO GRAPHIC AND PLAYFUL.“


IT’S KNOWN AS A TOUGH INDUSTRY TO CRACK –
HOW DID YOU DO IT?

 

I was friends with a few young photographers in my early twenties and we collaborated on countless personal projects. I’d rack up major bills on my mom’s credit card buying pieces for every shoot, all the while crossing my fingers and hoping everything gets returned. Nearly gave her many heart attacks! But the more work you produce, the more your style develops, the stronger your aesthetic becomes – it’s a numbers game.

 

WHAT INFLUENCES YOU THE MOST CREATIVELY?

 

It could be the smallest thing from finding colour palettes on pebbled beaches to the way an elderly couple is dressed. It goes without saying vintage shops hold a lifetime of inspiration, old silhouettes from past eras can influence new shapes and compositions. But the most brilliant ideas are born out of collaboration - inspiring imagery is created by multiple brains buzzing together.


“IT’S EASY TO CARE LESS ABOUT YOUR APPEARANCE IF YOU’RE TUCKED AWAY FROM THE WORLD, BUT A LITTLE EFFORT MAKES A PERSONAL DIFFERENCE.”



HOW DOES YOUR NORMAL DAY-TO-DAY ROUTINE LOOK?

 

Pre-Covid I travelled a ton which meant each day looked quite different. Since last year I’ve spent more time in London loved up with my boyfriend. I’ve started meditating which has been beautiful and bought 40kg of clay in lockdown only realising in hindsight how massive the order was – so I’ve forced myself to start making pots and sculptures to get through it.

 

GOING IN AND OUT OF LOCKDOWNS ALL THE TIME –
WHAT ARE YOUR STYLING TIPS FOR LOOKING SMART
WHILST STAYING COMFORTABLE?

 

The commute from bed to work isn’t what it used to be so it’s easy to care less about your appearance if you’re tucked away from the world. But a little effort makes a personal difference. A clean white t-shirt, an oversized blazer and a pair of jeans to start. I also highly recommend blocking off chunks of time to dive back into your wardrobe and play dress up. Try on your old party outfits, pick your favourite and walk around the house for a few hours or head to the grocery store dressed to the nines. Feel yourself, girl!

 

WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THE YEAR AHEAD?

 

With the lockdown last year, we slowed down – and it was difficult. We stopped working, our bank accounts dried up and we contemplated changing careers but there was also much time to reflect. Prior to this, artists and designers were spitting out content and collections faster than they could conceptualize them. For what? Only to create more noise that gets lost in the matrix. I realised that coming back to work meant re-engaging with a purpose, to create bodies of work with meaning and take time between projects to reflect and reinspire. That’s the goal for 2021, more time and space to create things that matter.

 

Photographed by Piotr A. Marzec