Fashionable People: Adrien's Real-Life Style

Fashionable People: Adrien's Real-Life Style

Elizabeth Backup
Jan 5, 2016
(Image credit: Adrien Rabago)

Adrien and I have known each other for years, and her killer personal style is part of what prompted me to approach her and her husband Jon about doing a tour of their home. Given that she is a fashion stylist for editorials, music videos, look books, campaigns, commercials, and more, it's no surprise that Adrien's collection of clothing and accessories is drool-inducing.

Fortunately, much of it is for rent or sale through her boutique, Adrien's Closet. She does much of her business out of her "babe cave"—a detached garage converted into a styling studio (see the before & after of the space here), and also has a spare bedroom in the house dedicated to housing items that she rents out.

Adrien first came to Los Angeles over thirteen years ago to act and model, but she couldn't afford to pay a stylist for test shoots and thus ended up coordinating her own looks. The photographers she was working with took notice and asked her to style other shoots to them. This quickly grew into a full-fledged career as a freelance fashion stylist, and she has loved every minute of it.

See the full house tour → Adrien & Jon's Adventurous California Home

When she isn't working on a photo shoot or prepping a client for a wedding or the red carpet, you'll find Adrien scouring the racks of local flea markets and vintage stores looking for the next addition to her stash, picking up an interior decorating gig on the side, hosting a dinner party, or traveling anywhere possible with her husband.

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Your very favorite outfit: I don’t think that it is humanly possible for me to pick just one favorite outfit. My style changes like the wind! Most commonly you’ll see me in some version of a cropped t- shirt, paired with a high waist vintage skirt and a pair of espadrilles. Sometimes I love dressing very ladylike in a 1950s silhouetted dress either floral or printed with some flats, but the next day you’ll see me in vintage men’s Levi’s, a white t-shirt, my leather motorcycle jacket and a pair of sneakers. I just have so many favorite looks!

The #1 item from your fashion wish list: My favorite Aussie brand, TY-LR, makes this to-die-for coat with a brushstroke pattern above the hem. I would literally live in it if I could get my hands on it.

The TV or movie character's wardrobe you'd steal in a minute: There are far too many standout wardrobes that I love, but I will do my best to just name a few of my all time favorites: Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina, Marilyn Monroe in How to Marry a Millionaire, Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde, and lastly, Megan Draper from Mad Men.

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Your best bargain find ever: I found a gorgeous Vintage silk organza Oscar de la Renta maxi skirt at the Rose Bowl Flea Market for $150. I know it doesn’t seem like much of a bargain, but it was worth every penny! I just saw a similar one listed on for $2,700.00.

See the full house tour → Adrien & Jon's Adventurous California Home

Three things from your closet you couldn't live without:

1. My favorite pair of vintage high waist Levi’s, they fit me like a glove and they are perfectly worn in.

2. My 1950s swing coat in Chartreuse. I get so many compliments every time I wear it!

3. My Camilla & Marc backless wide leg printed jumpsuit. It’s super comfy, but still so chic.

The item you no longer have but wish you did: In my Adrien’s Closet shop I sold one of my clients a one-of-a-kind silk open back long sleeve designer blouse. She still wears it to special events to this day so I am happy it went to a good home, but I certainly miss it!

(Image credit: Adrien Rabago)

Most fashionable friend and why: My girlfriend Kristen runs an LA showroom so it is no wonder that she always looks effortlessly chic. She has some amazing designer samples at her disposal!

Your typical work “uniform”: Whenever I am on set styling a shoot I know that I am going to be on my feet all day sometimes for 14-18 hours so wearing comfortable sneakers is a must! And whatever I wear absolutely has to have pockets, whether it’s a pair of vintage overalls, or an easy breezy little dress. I need somewhere to store fashion tape, safety pins, clamps, and anything from my styling kit that can fit into those said pockets.

Best fashion advice: Know your body and what looks best on your shape. Accentuate your favorite part(s) of your body. If you have great legs show them off by wearing a mini dress or skirt (not too short, of course). If you have a tiny waist accent it with a high waist skirt and a cropped top or a tucked in button down. Find an amazing local tailor. Having a good one is a serious game changer.

See the full house tour → Adrien & Jon's Adventurous California Home

Best advice for aspiring stylists: Being a stylist isn’t all that glamorous. Be prepared to work long hard hours. Always be on time. Pay attention to details. Be adaptable. There are a lot of people to please when you are styling a shoot. You have to become a master at reading people’s energies and personalities. Sometimes people in fashion are really difficult so try not to take anything too personally. Just do your best with a smile on your face!

Dream client you would love to dress: If she were still with us, it would have been my dream to dress the ultimate style icon, Audrey Hepburn. I would also be thrilled to style Cate Blanchett. She is extremely talented, graceful, and exudes so much confidence. She could wear a paper bag and make it look chic!

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IRL shops: Wasteland, Rose Bowl Flea Market, Reformation, Zara, Opening Ceremony

Online shops: Free People, Ebay

Makeup brand: Chanel

Haircare brand: Oribe

Best jeans: AG jeans

Coolest sneakers: A pair of vintage yellow high top Chuck Taylor’s!

Signature scent: I always get embarrassed to admit my signature scent, but here it is: Couture Couture by Juicy Couture. I get endless compliments every time I wear it! I got it in a gift bag over seven years ago and have been a loyal customer ever since.

Go-to source for style inspiration: I get some much inspiration from people watching and street style blogs like The Sartorialist, Who What Wear, and Advanced Style.

See the full house tour → Adrien & Jon's Adventurous California Home

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