Slow down during the Holidays
TAKE TIME FOR THE RITUALS YOU LOVE, WITH PATRICIA LAGMAY
Production & Photography by Dimanche Creative
Patricia Lagmay is a fashion stylist based in Los Angeles. Over the last ten years she’s worked with publications like VANITY FAIR, KINFOLK, and WHO WHAT WEAR, and has extended her work to global brands whose styling language she has shaped across eCommerce, editorial, and campaigns.
During the pandemic, she started a letter series encouraging more thoughtful consideration of the things we consume. We sat down and talked with her about what it means to be a conscious stylist, how to shop more sustainably during the holidays, and what being a modern woman means to her.
make your holiday season
Support your local bakery and treat yourself.
care for the pieces you love
Get your favorite pieces ready rather than purchasing a one-time holiday outfit.
describe your style in three words.
Simple but Thoughtful.
Tell us the story behind your favorite wardrobe piece.
I inherited a gold chain watch from my grandmother after she passed away. I'd never seen her wear it but I'd been looking for one just like it, so it felt like a moment of kismet when we found it while organizing her belongings. I wear it most days, but especially when I want to feel her presence or when I feel I need her support.
Name a few places you source your inspiration from in L.A.
Counter Space on Hyperion, the Schindler House on North Kings Road, Arlington Garden in Pasadena.
What's the most challenging part of being a conscious stylist?
The fact that a large part of my job centers around promoting consumption, however indirectly. It's something I haven't quite cracked yet to be honest, but I started a letter series during the pandemic in an effort to counter it a bit. The first letter explores the idea of clothing as companions, and the series as a whole is meant to encourage more thoughtful consideration of the things we consume.
Are there any daily rituals you can't live without?
Putting my phone away and reading in bed before going to sleep. While I can definitely live without it, I find that I'm not the happiest or best version of myself when I do.
What does it mean to be a modern woman?
I think this can mean a number of different things to different people, but to me it means questioning the status quo. Doing things in a way that makes sense to you.
Do you have any advice for people who are trying to shop more responsibly during the holidays?
Yes! For partners or close friends, I love the idea of pooling the resources we both would have spent on gifts, and getting each other a shared experience instead of separate presents. Maybe it's a really lovely meal together at what otherwise would have been a too-expensive restaurant, or it could be lessons towards a new hobby we've both expressed interest in, or maybe it's just a quiet night in with a nice bottle of wine.
My friend Jordan Santos also put together this incredibly thoughtful gift guide for when shared experiences aren't an option.
What's a small way you've introduced sustainability into your lifestyle.
I try to avoid buying anything impulsively. If I see something that I like, I'll usually wait a few days before hitting the purchase button. It tends to weed out the reactionary purchases that I would just regret later on.
What affirmation are you living by right now?
That we're all just plants in human form. If I'm not feeling my best, I try to look at what aspect of my life I'm not nourishing, the same way I'd look at a wilting plant. Did I eat when I was hungry? Have I moved my body in a while? Could I use some sun?