Style crush: Fil Xiaobai

Meet Fil Xiaobai, fashion stylist and influencer from China. We spent two days with her in Paris and asked her about her thoughts on fashion, styling and much more. Check it out and keep your eyes out for when the style crush collection drops. <3

Who is Fil?

How would you describe yourself?
People always ask me “what do you do?” and I usually answer that I’m a stylist, blogger and a model. But I prefer to describe myself as a stylist because I feel really satisfied doing stylist work.

How would your friend describe you?
My friends say that I’m a very serious person and that I sometimes look a bit scary when I’m working, but I’m actually very friendly.

What is your proudest moment?
Every time I’m done with a styling job and I feel satisfied with the result, that’s my proudest moment.

What are you insecure about (if you are insecure about anything)?
I don’t really have those moments where I feel insecure. I only do things when I feel that I’m in control of the situation. I won’t put myself in a situation of insecurity.

At party, do you start up the dance floor or sit and chat with friends?
At a party I try my best to have fun and dance like there’s no tomorrow. Since I’m very busy work wise, I live by the words “work hard, play hard”.

Favourite music to dance to?
I like deep house.

Pizza or fries?
Fries.

Morning person or night owl?
Night owl. (I’m a party girl.)

One thing you never forget when you leave your house?
To kiss my cat.

The collection

What do you love about this Monki collection?
Monki always has a lot of items that are easy to style and that have interesting details. I think this collection has a very strong Monki feel to it and every piece is easy to wear, and easy to match.

Favourite piece from the collection?
I like the track pants the most. They are good looking, easy to wear and easy to style.

What do you feel about adding a pop of colour to your look?
When people think of me, most think of colours. I used to dye my hair into different colours and I also used to use a lot of colours when styling. If your look feels too easy or simple, you can add a little colour to it, and it will light up your whole look.

Your favourite thing about wearing prints or statements?
Wearing interesting prints or statements shows your personality. That’s why it’s so popular now. What you wear and how, is all about expressing yourself.

What are your thoughts on: The blazer
Usually a blazer makes you feel serious, but when you wear it with a t-shirt for example, you get a look that’s both casual and formal at the same time.

What are your thoughts on: The puffer jacket
The puffer has been very popular recently because it’s both functional and good looking. It’s very easy to create different styles with it. Today’s puffer jacket is not the puff jacket that we knew when growing up. It has become a fashion item that you can style with t-shirts, shirts, even dresses.

 What are your thoughts on: The track pants
I really like track pants because you can wear them very formal, at the same time you can wear them very casual in your daily life. You can match a pair of track pants with heels, or sneakers, for when you want to be more comfortable.

The journey to being a top stylist

How did you start doing what you do?
Everything I do today is thanks to social media. The existence of Weibo and Instagram, has helped me reach out with my style. And it’s thanks to my fans that I’ve been able to have all the opportunities that I have today as a stylist.

What is your favourite thing about social media?
Imagine just ten years ago. There was no platform or way to communicate with people the way we do today. There was also no way to help people get to know you or understand you the way you can today. Social media offers a platform and a way to communicate with people. Plus, you get feedback along the way. It’s an amazing thing.

Hardest thing about being a stylist?
As a blogger, what you wear is all about you. When you style other people, you need to put yourself in second place, and put the person you are styling first. You need to combine your own style with his or her style, and this is the hardest part.

Favourite thing about stylist?
The thing that makes me the happiest and satisfied is when I style someone in a great way. When the person that I’m styling looks good and feels confident, I’m satisfied.

Advice to your fans

Best advice for your fans?
Be yourself. Trust yourself. Be confident.

Advice on how to find one’s style?
It’s always a process in the beginning. First you need to try a lot of different styles to find the one that feels most like you. Once you’re there, you can always make different clothes work for your look. This takes time and sometimes people are too much in a hurry, but it just takes time.

If you could talk to the 15-year-old you, what would you say?
“Don’t wear this and don’t buy that”. No but honestly, making mistakes is part of the process when growing up and finding your style. It’s not a bad thing.

Female empowerment 

You’re a strong believer in the importance of girls not being afraid to express their opinions. How does that translate into your work as a stylist?
There are so many stylists and fashion influencers in the same market, so how to be different? You need to express yourself bravely. This makes you different and one of a kind. So be brave and express yourself.

Do you think that you are expressing an opinion when you style looks?
I think fashion styling is a way to express yourself. It’s just like with writing, drawing and singing.

How does one become unafraid of expressing oneself through fashion? How do you become confident?
Being unafraid is about knowing yourself. When you know yourself well enough, you won’t be afraid to express yourself. I think that a lot of people who question whether their outfit looks good or not, don’t quite know themselves yet. Because the question of whether your outfit is good or bad is easy to answer when you know yourself. You’ll know if it’s a good look for you or not.

Advice on exploring different fashion trends?
Fashion is a lot about coincidence. No one knows which style will be the next popular trend. So, you don’t need to follow every trend that comes along. Maybe the style you love is the style that becomes the next big trend, and you’ll automatically be the trend leader.

What makes you feel empowered?
When you feel confident about you do, when you are really good at what you do, you feel empowered.

Style crush: Fil Xiaobai

Meet Fil Xiaobai, fashion stylist and influencer from China. We spent two days with her in Paris and asked her about her thoughts on fashion, styling and much more. Check it out and keep your eyes out for when the style crush collection drops. <3

“I think fashion styling is a way to express yourself. It’s just like with writing, drawing and singing.”

Fil Xiaobai

Who is Fil?

How would you describe yourself?
People always ask me “what do you do?” and I usually answer that I’m a stylist, blogger and a model. But I prefer to describe myself as a stylist because I feel really satisfied doing stylist work.

How would your friend describe you?
My friends say that I’m a very serious person and that I sometimes look a bit scary when I’m working, but I’m actually very friendly.

What is your proudest moment?
Every time I’m done with a styling job and I feel satisfied with the result, that’s my proudest moment.

What are you insecure about (if you are insecure about anything)?
I don’t really have those moments where I feel insecure. I only do things when I feel that I’m in control of the situation. I won’t put myself in a situation of insecurity.

At party, do you start up the dance floor or sit and chat with friends?
At a party I try my best to have fun and dance like there’s no tomorrow. Since I’m very busy work wise, I live by the words “work hard, play hard”.

Favourite music to dance to?
I like deep house.

Pizza or fries?
Fries.

Morning person or night owl?
Night owl. (I’m a party girl.)

One thing you never forget when you leave your house?
To kiss my cat.

The collection

What do you love about this Monki collection?
Monki always has a lot of items that are easy to style and that have interesting details. I think this collection has a very strong Monki feel to it and every piece is easy to wear, and easy to match.

Favourite piece from the collection?
I like the track pants the most. They are good looking, easy to wear and easy to style.

What do you feel about adding a pop of colour to your look?
When people think of me, most think of colours. I used to dye my hair into different colours and I also used to use a lot of colours when styling. If your look feels too easy or simple, you can add a little colour to it, and it will light up your whole look.

Your favourite thing about wearing prints or statements?
Wearing interesting prints or statements shows your personality. That’s why it’s so popular now. What you wear and how, is all about expressing yourself.

What are your thoughts on: The blazer
Usually a blazer makes you feel serious, but when you wear it with a t-shirt for example, you get a look that’s both casual and formal at the same time.

What are your thoughts on: The puffer jacket
The puffer has been very popular recently because it’s both functional and good looking. It’s very easy to create different styles with it. Today’s puffer jacket is not the puff jacket that we knew when growing up. It has become a fashion item that you can style with t-shirts, shirts, even dresses.

 What are your thoughts on: The track pants
I really like track pants because you can wear them very formal, at the same time you can wear them very casual in your daily life. You can match a pair of track pants with heels, or sneakers, for when you want to be more comfortable.

The journey to being a top stylist

How did you start doing what you do?
Everything I do today is thanks to social media. The existence of Weibo and Instagram, has helped me reach out with my style. And it’s thanks to my fans that I’ve been able to have all the opportunities that I have today as a stylist.

What is your favourite thing about social media?
Imagine just ten years ago. There was no platform or way to communicate with people the way we do today. There was also no way to help people get to know you or understand you the way you can today. Social media offers a platform and a way to communicate with people. Plus, you get feedback along the way. It’s an amazing thing.

Hardest thing about being a stylist?
As a blogger, what you wear is all about you. When you style other people, you need to put yourself in second place, and put the person you are styling first. You need to combine your own style with his or her style, and this is the hardest part.

Favourite thing about stylist?
The thing that makes me the happiest and satisfied is when I style someone in a great way. When the person that I’m styling looks good and feels confident, I’m satisfied.

Advice to your fans

Best advice for your fans?
Be yourself. Trust yourself. Be confident.

Advice on how to find one’s style?
It’s always a process in the beginning. First you need to try a lot of different styles to find the one that feels most like you. Once you’re there, you can always make different clothes work for your look. This takes time and sometimes people are too much in a hurry, but it just takes time.

If you could talk to the 15-year-old you, what would you say?
“Don’t wear this and don’t buy that”. No but honestly, making mistakes is part of the process when growing up and finding your style. It’s not a bad thing.

Female empowerment 

You’re a strong believer in the importance of girls not being afraid to express their opinions. How does that translate into your work as a stylist?
There are so many stylists and fashion influencers in the same market, so how to be different? You need to express yourself bravely. This makes you different and one of a kind. So be brave and express yourself.

Do you think that you are expressing an opinion when you style looks?
I think fashion styling is a way to express yourself. It’s just like with writing, drawing and singing.

How does one become unafraid of expressing oneself through fashion? How do you become confident?
Being unafraid is about knowing yourself. When you know yourself well enough, you won’t be afraid to express yourself. I think that a lot of people who question whether their outfit looks good or not, don’t quite know themselves yet. Because the question of whether your outfit is good or bad is easy to answer when you know yourself. You’ll know if it’s a good look for you or not.

Advice on exploring different fashion trends?
Fashion is a lot about coincidence. No one knows which style will be the next popular trend. So, you don’t need to follow every trend that comes along. Maybe the style you love is the style that becomes the next big trend, and you’ll automatically be the trend leader.

What makes you feel empowered?
When you feel confident about you do, when you are really good at what you do, you feel empowered.