elyse, styled

exploration and inspiration to get you thinking critically about style, life, and self


Hi, I’m Elyse, and I’m a personal style coach. I help people transform their everyday relationship with clothes, break free of negative body image and shopping habits, and uncover their singular style.

Every Wednesday you can expect a weekly update full of exploration and inspiration to get you thinking critically about style, life, and self.

  • the latest links and articles that are energizing me or making me thoughtful

  • journaling prompts and questions to encourage you to think deeply and critically

  • my favorite book recommendations to expand your horizons—or just get lost in a good novel

  • a personal style prompt, worksheet, or challenge

  • visual inspiration

  • one of my favorite recipes

Once a month I send an essay long-form newsletter, a conversational exploration of a topic, featuring all the interesting books and articles and links I’ve been inhaling in my morning reads.

Despite what the subscribe form says, it’s all free, but being a paid subscriber makes this possible—so if you like what you’re reading, please show your support.

If you choose to go above and beyond in your support, I’m excited to give you completely free 2-hour style coaching strategy call with me—double the time you’d otherwise get.

I’m excited you’re here!


investing in your personal style is transforming your relationship to your clothes and your body. thinking critically. taking care of your nice things. learning to respect and appreciate your unique body. practicing sustainable and intentional consumption. raising your feminist consciousness. choosing joy. uncovering your singular style. experimenting. respecting your financial goals. cultivating productive and positive energy. letting it be easy. living embodied in your values. feeling like yourself in your clothes every day.


Why a newsletter?

I want to share all the things I’ve come to love sharing on my Instagram, but in a more expansive format, one more suited to consideration and conversation than the algorithm-jumbled emoji comments of Instagram, and more intimate than pushing a blog post out into the ether.

Here, I want to build a relationship. There’s plenty of inspiration to be had all over the internet—but I want to go one step further and activate you. I want the ideas to fall into place, and for you to say, oh—I never thought about that; or, oh—I’m going to go do that.

Unlike a blog or social media, every new edition of the newsletter goes directly to your inbox, at your leisure. Most of all, what I hope to build here and what I hope you can come to expect is a conversation and the sparking of ideas. If this ever makes you smile, sparks an idea or a connection, or simply makes you think: email me, because I would love to know, and I promise I will answer every one.


Why subscribe?

Subscribing helps me bring the vision of thinking critically about style, life, and self and my business to fruition—and makes it possible for me to create this for you.

If you choose to go above and beyond in your support, I’m excited to give you completely free 2-hour style coaching strategy call with me—double the time you’d otherwise get.

As my friend and photographer Riley said so wisely, “support is a gift that makes both parties stronger.”

Most of all, what I hope to build here and what I hope you can come to expect is a conversation and the sparking of ideas. If this ever makes you smile, sparks an idea or a connection, or simply makes you think: email me, because I would love to know, and I promise I will answer every one.

(I promise never to spam you, and Substack will never sell your email address.)


why “thinking critically”?

Superficial has two definitions. Something is superficial when it "exists or occurs at or on the surface." Something can also be superficial when it "appears to be true or real only until examined more closely." Style is both superficial, and it isn't. Clothes are the outer layer of style—literally on the surface—and we judge and are judged by this superficial layer.

Yet clothes are not the only aspect of style. Style is also our shopping and purchasing, our family, religious, cultural, and social communities. Style is our color palette, our body, the trends, but it's also our inner values and powerfully unique selves. It's our chosen self—and often we don't examine these choices more closely.

I'm interested in how defining your personal style intersects with defining your personal values. I want to investigate how we can create our ideal selves through awareness and examination of our habits and behaviors. I believe this matters — our style matters, because when what we wear, how we feel, and what we buy is in tune with our inner personality and values, we regain power. We improve our confidence, we save our energy for positive pursuits, and we bring that power to the world around us.

It’s about the outfits, but it’s not just about the outfits.