Who should we ask for some fashion advice? A stylist of course! Hannah Bui is a Vietnamese stylist based in Shanghai that has built herself a career that started while she was still in school. She shared some advice with us on how to look fabulous and confident, all while staying true to yourself.
Name: Hannah Bui
Birthday: February 10th
Birthplace: Hanoi, Vietnam
Education: Donghua University
Interests: Travel, music, art
Favorite quote: "I say, dress to please yourself. Listen to your inner muse and take a chance. Wear something that says 'Here I am' today" - Iris Apfel
Who are you?
My name is Hannah Bui and I'm from Vietnam. I came to Shanghai to complete my undergraduate and masters degree in fashion design, and now I am a freelance fashion stylist.
How did you begin your career?
Four years ago, I began to enter the industry. In the beginning, I worked as an assistant to a senior Taiwanese stylist. I gained a lot of professional knowledge through working with her. As I had already begun working while studying, it wasn't long before I was able to slowly transform into working completely independently.
How would you describe your style? What are some types of clothing you have in your closet now?
I like comfortable clothes. I don't set a style for myself. I dress according to my mood and occasions. In my wardrobe, there are all kind of styles: sporty, retro, and some trendy fashion elements.
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What are some of the latest projects you have been working on?
I think my job is to bring life into every piece of clothing, create a story for it, and also make it become a work of art. Every one of my projects has different shades and different stories.
One of my most favorite projects was working on Dreammingless fashion magazine. It's a true journey through fashion and art.
Another type of project I enjoy very much is filming advertisements and creating the stories of brand characters. I’ve had a chance to work with some famous brands such as Oppo, Coca Cola, Volkswagen, Tianmao Mall and Yakult.
Becoming a stylist has been my dream since I was a little kid, and I feel so blessed that I can live in that dream everyday. I put all of my heart and soul into every project I work on. I like to aim for perfection, so I always try my best to create the greatest result possible on every outfit and design.
Do you have any advice for someone that is building their wardrobe or wants to develop their own personal style?
I think the first thing is to be yourself, and know what you like. The best outfit should bring you comfort and confidence when you wear it.
Second is to understand the occasion, so that you can adjust your style for any situation.
Third is to understand your own body. Exaggerate your assets and cleverly cover up any shortcomings with your clothing style.
Fourth is dare to try. Don't turn your clothes into your troubles. Be creative! There is no right or wrong, and there is no style you can't wear. Maybe you can even discover a whole new side to yourself just by trying different styles of clothing.
Thank you so much for your time!