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.