The Tailored Perspective: Alyssa Coscarelli
Alyssa Coscarelli, Consultant
Tell us about your work.
My work encompasses a few different things — I left my full-time job as a fashion editor at the end of last year and have since been focusing on my personal brand, on Instagram as well as a website I have in development. I have continued writing for various women’s media sites in addition to my own platform and I also consult for up-and-coming fashion brands on everything from social to strategy and beyond.
What inspires you?
My travels really inspire me and never cease to get my creative juices flowing. I’m also really inspired by vintage fashions, whether I get that through films or vintage shopping in a foreign city. Worth adding: I’m an impulsive “saver” on Instagram, with boards of inspiration for everything.
Describe your ideal working environment.
As a fairly new freelancer, I’m still figuring it out. I’m realizing I get far too distracted at home, and prefer to work out of a space like The Wing. It just has a productive air to it, and I love working on my laptop there for hours on end, maybe breaking for a panel or a chai with a friend. It’s a really empowering energy and the environment lends itself to doing your best work.
How does what you’re wearing affect your work day?
I learned from a young age that getting dressed in the morning sets my vibe and intention for the entire day. It’s a ritual for me. I’ll likely be much more productive if I’m wearing something that makes me feel on top of the world.
What is your approach to dressing for work?
Since every day looks so very different for me, it really depends on the occasion. For a day of working at the Wing, I may take a more casual approach, while for events I like to dress up a bit. Since I’m almost always on camera, whether my own or someone else’s, I definitely take my work outfits into careful consideration.
Describe your ideal wear-to-work outfit.
Chic with minimal effort. I like outfits that create themselves: suits, matching sets, easy, throw-on-and-go dresses.
What makes you feel empowered?
Interacting with other power-women, whether it’s a breakfast with my best friend Lauren or a panel alongside women I admire. Nothing amps me up as much as feeding off of the energy of women going after their dreams, cross-pollinating thoughts and ideas, and discussing our goals and challenges.