The Ladybird Story

Molly Bingaman

Stylist and Ladybird Founder Molly Bingaman

About Molly

Molly has a background in Fine Art, and experience styling homes, events and wardrobes. In 2010 she founded Ladybird Styling in order to help regular people gain confidence through their clothing. She is proud to live in Midtown KC with her husband and two perfect pets.

I did not set out to work in fashion.

Several years ago it occurred to me that style does not come naturally to most people. It isn’t instinctive. It’s something fuzzy and elusive, and hard to grasp. As a creative person it’s always come naturally to me, and I was used to getting compliments on the way I put myself together. Having an ‘eye’ for style became a part of my identity, and I felt good about the confidence it gave me.

Because it was instinctive, I didn’t give it much thought. I assumed that most people had what I had, and that most people felt pretty good about themselves. But somewhere along the line I realized that wasn’t the case, and I began to ask the people around me about it. I talked to my friends and my family, and anyone who would open up to me about their closets, about shopping, or about their sense of style in general. And what I learned surprised me.

“Having an ‘eye’ for style became a part of my identity, and I felt good about the confidence it gave me.”

Photos by Bess Friday

I found that dealing with clothing and shopping can be more like torture than fun, and that in some cases, it can even be a real source of frustration and insecurity. And I just didn’t think that was fair, because the way we look is so closely tied to self-esteem.

Finding things that fit and knowing what goes with what can be a challenge. Not everybody knows what looks good on them or how to avoid what doesn’t. But these are things that can be taught, and as soon as I knew people needed help, I knew I wanted to be the one to teach them. So I started Ladybird. I want people to feel great about themselves, not worse because of their clothes.

“I started Ladybird because I want people to feel great about themselves, not worse because of their clothes.”

After a year or two of running Ladybird, I went to New York City where I was trained by Stacy London of TLC’s “What Not to Wear.” I was hand-selected by Stacy herself as one of the nation’s top stylists, and was invited to become part of her Style for Hire network.

I received a BFA in Studio Art from Westmont College, in Santa Barbara, CA., and have served as a Producer of the West 18th Street Fashion Show since 2012.

I believe that every person can look fantastic — no matter your body type, budget, or lifestyle. If you can’t do it on your own, let me be your secret weapon.

If you don’t like how you look in clothes—blame the clothes, not yourself. And then change the clothes. If you don’t know how to get a better look—it’s time to hire a stylist.

 

“If you don’t like how you look–blame the clothes, not yourself. And then change the clothes! If you don’t know how to get a better look–it’s time to hire a stylist.”

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