If there were any hard-and-fast rules about dressing based on your age, Law Roach would be the expert. The celebrity stylist has most notably been the creative behind Zendaya's consistent shut-it-down red carpet wins, first collaborating with her when she was 14 years old. But in more recent years, he’s also been partnering with pop stars like Ariana Grande and helped Celine Dion carve out her unique place among millennial street style stars. But sadly, if you’re looking for tips about what to wear based on your birth year, it’s not going to happen. Because, as the major fashion visionary tells us, dressing for your age is just not a thing.
We met Roach in Hong Kong, where he joined us to celebrate the start of Grande’s ambassadorship with Reebok. It may seem like that's above and beyond the work of most stylists, but for Roach, it makes sense because A) he genuinely loves and is devoted to his closest collaborators, and B) no one’s a bigger fan of athletic gear. “Honestly, athleisure is one of my favorite trends,” he tells us.
As for how to put it together, again, Roach says there aren’t too many rules to follow. Instead, along with his frank take on how he dresses clients of all ages, this stylist debunked two other fashion myths that we all need to stop buying into. Below are the key takeaways we learned from one of the coolest stylists currently changing the game.
The Myth: Heels Have No Place With Athleisure
The Law Roach POV: “I’ve literally been putting girls in sweatpants and pumps for years! I just think mixing high-low and mixing things that don’t naturally go together is always cool. That’s what real fashion is. Even me, my own personal style, I’m usually always in some type of boot with a heel. I love the Saint Laurent French boots—it’s a man’s boot with an 85mm heel—with a Reebok sweatsuit or just like a Reebok T-shirt and high-waisted pants.”
The Myth: You Have to Dress for Your Age
The Law Roach POV: “I really think it’s bullshit. I tell people all the time, ‘Don’t listen to people like me telling you what you should wear.’ It sounds so cliché, but confidence is the most beautiful thing that a woman can put on, period, no matter what size you are, no matter what age you are.
“I work with Ashley Graham on America’s Next Top Model, and this woman is literally redefining the standard of modeling and beauty, and it’s because when she walks in a room, it is like she fills the room with this confidence. I just think that is so beautiful. A lot of things that Celine has worn, the critics are like, ‘Why is she wearing that? She’s too old to be wearing that.’ Who says? This is 2017. Do what you want to do that makes you happy. Do what makes you feel beautiful.”
The Myth: You Need Money to Be Stylish
The Law Roach POV: “For me, fashion has nothing to do with accessibility—if you have enough money, you can buy whatever you want, but that doesn’t necessarily make you stylish. People who can go get a cool $3 T-shirt from Target or Walmart and mix it with a great pair of jeans from wherever, or a great shoe or a bag that they thrifted or something they took from their grandmother’s closet … those are the people who are the real true style stars. And those are people who inspire people in fashion.”
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This press trip was paid for by Reebok. Editors' opinions are their own.