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3 Favorite Brands to Shop from a Personal Stylist in Portland

August 11, 2022

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Friends, I’m so excited today to feature a post from an incredible personal stylist in Portland, Grace Thomas of Builtgracefully. She’s wonderful at curating classic, minimal outfits that flatter each person’s figure and reflect their own personality. 





3 Favorite Brands to Shop from a Personal Stylist in Portland


You’ve booked your shoot day and now it’s time to figure out the dreaded question of what to wear. Between pursuing your local boutiques to going down the rabbit hole of online shopping, the clothing options are endless.  But with so many choices, you can easily feel decision fatigue.  That’s where I come in! 


Hi, I’m Grace Thomas, founder and lead stylist of Builtgracefully, a wardrobe styling company in Portland. As a stylist and wardrobe consultant, I spend my days looking for the best pieces out there. Price, quality, and style are details I obsess over for clients, taking the hard work out of shopping.  Knowing it can be hard to know where to start, I’ve rounded up three of my favorite brands for beautiful and romantic dresses to get you camera ready for your shoot with Samantha Shannon.



While on the higher end of the price range, Reformation dresses stand out with their quality and beautiful prints. This brand has quite a following and their new seasonal styles and prints tend to sell out quickly. With fans like J.Lo, Selena Gomez and Meghan Markle, you’ll be in good company with this pick. Reformation also focuses on sustainability, so not only will you look good, but you’ll be doing good as well. Their dresses range from between $170-$400, so you’ll be making an investment with this purchase, but don’t fret, I guarantee this dress will be one of your new favorites in your closet.  


Three dresses by Reformation recommended by Portland personal stylist Grace Thomas of Built Gracefully

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Known for affordable bridal and bridesmaids’ dresses, Lulus has nailed the special occasion dress.  What I love about this brand is that it definitely doesn’t break the bank, with so many of their dresses under $100. You’ll easily find the most trend forward styles from this brand, as they keep the finger on the pulse of fashion. They offer styles from formal to casual or two-piece sets, leaving the options endless if you shop this brand.  


Three dresses by Lulu's recommended by Portland personal stylist Grace Thomas of Built Gracefully


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Vici Collection

Originally founded in 2012 in Walnut Creek by a stepmom and daughter duo, this brand has since exploded.  You can now find this brand online as well as in some of your favorite stores like Nordstrom. This brand generally leans more casual, with their selection of dresses reading more daytime rather than formal. Purchase one of these dresses for your upcoming shoot and wear it again for the next brunch date you’ve got planned. 


Three dresses by Vici Collection recommended by Portland personal stylist Grace Thomas of Built Gracefully

Shop Vici Collection


Working with a Personal Stylist in Portland Before Your Photo Session

Still feeling stressed about what to wear? One of the amazing things about working with Samantha Shannon is that she offers a wardrobe closet to borrow from for your session.  Looking for something even more personalized? I offer virtual wardrobe styling and outfit curations and would love to help you get styled for your upcoming photoshoot.



What Next?

Thank you again to Grace for sharing such fabulous information on where to shop for your next photo session outfit! She’s such an incredible resource and I love following her for great tips on wardrobe styling on Instagram. If you’re looking for more guidance, you can also look through some of my popular posts on what to wear for family photos here:

What to Wear for Fall Family Photos

What to Wear for Maternity Photos in 2022

Spring Family Picture Outfits: What to Wear


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