Meet Semaj Atkinson, Founder of XOXO Flossy, Fashion Enthusiast

Semaj Atkinson, more formally known as “Miss Flossy” is a 22-year-old fashion enthusiast from New Orleans. Throughout the years she has had acquired experience in Visual Merchandising, Personal Styling, and Creative Directing.

We got the chance to sit down with Semaj and discuss her career, common misconceptions about people working in the fashion industry, and some of her wardrobe do’s and dont’s.

Why Flossy? This is an extremely good question. Honestly, I think I randomly described something using this word one day and it just stuck. Fast forward to today where it is the name of my growing brand.

Tell me about yourself and your career so far, how did you get started as a fashion stylist? Let’s see. I’m a 22-year-old fashion enthusiast whose love for fashion started fairly young. At age 8, I knew I would be a Fashion Designer and a Lawyer who wrote books, lol. But with time and 4.5 years of studying fashion at Louisiana State University, I realized that styling was more for me.

I started a blog (www.xoxoflossy.com) which quickly bloomed into a growing brand and from that countless amounts of opportunities have been created. I’ve been featured on FashionBombDaily, interned in New York City, spoken at Boss Brunches, worked with countless amazing clients and so on. All while looking flossy.

Do you feel that it’s mandatory to have a degree in Fashion Merchandising to succeed in your field?

HELL NO. Don’t get me wrong, my Fashion Merchandising degree gave me security job-wise, but most of what I learned was self-taught. This is a field that’s constantly evolving so you have to take the initiative to be your own teacher or you’ll be 9 steps behind. Aspire to be the best. Research. Study the greats. Study what’s current. And you don’t need school to do any of that.

What is the biggest misconception people not working in your field have about your job?

That this is “easy” and not a “real” job. Whatever that’s supposed to mean.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

Besides the clothes, seeing my vision come to life is my favorite part.

What challenges do you have as a stylist?

To be completely transparent, I think the most challenging part for me is being in a dry season of not having work. In that time I get a little too much in my head and let it mess with my confidence.

How do you choose what looks work for each individual client?

I usually categorize the looks I pull for them into three different categories. 1.What they’re used to.

2. Something outside of their comfort zone and

3. A mix of both.

From there, we come to an agreement together.

How would you describe your personal style?

I think the best word to describe my style would be, flossy. I embody that word in every way. Confident, classy, chic, sexy and fashionable.

Who are your style icons?

Janelle Monae and Tracee Ellis Ross.

What’s your wardrobe MVP?

My blazer collection, they mean the most to me.

Trademark accessory?

I’m not that big on jewelry but if I had to choose one, it would be my rings. They make any new set of nails pop just a little bit more.

If you could choose a celebrity closet to shop in, who would it be and why?

Kylie Jenner. Not for the clothes but just to snag some of those beautiful ass handbags.

What items do you feel are worth splurging on?

Handbags are always that one item for me that I see no limit on, lol. A good bag just calls my name.

What are your favorite places to shop?

Thrift stores and consignment shops for sure!

What trends are you loving right now?

I’m loving the slip dress trend right now. You should read my blog post about it. Click here: Your Guide to Killin It This Summer

Which trends to you want to see disappear?

Hmmm. The only trend that I never became a fan of was that ‘90’s baby girl style. You know, the bulky sneakers, baggy pants, and baby phat vibes? Yeah, never got with that lol.

What can potential clients expect from your personal styling service?

I take pride in not only styling my clients but creating experiences for them that leaves them extremely confident.

What advice would you give someone interested in following your career path?

First off, don’t do it if your heart isn’t in it. Secondly, be dedicated. And lastly, if you do decide to go for this, STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF.

Don’t forget to check out XOXOflossy.com and follow Flossy on IG: @xoxoflossydotcom

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