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THE CULTUR E

Style

INGRAINED STYLE Whitley Hamlin of Queen City Style brings a whole lot of flair to her styling.

interview SUNNY HUBLER photos JAMEY PRICE Whitley Hamlin’s home is a little slice of her personality: It’s warm and bright, filled with luxe little details and surprising (often whimsical) touches. And— more than anything—the space is arrestingly chic. I mean, really, it is one heck of a stylish house. Hamlin launched her career in New York City before returning to the Tar Heel State where, by 2011, she began Queen City Style. Today, she is a personal, editorial, and commercial stylist—the “working woman’s stylist” as she off-handedly called herself. While sipping a glass of prosecco perched atop a velvet-y royal blue couch in her living room, Whitley answered a few of our questions about how she carved out her style niche in the Queen City. How did your style career get started? My earliest experiences are as far back as I can remember, perhaps age two, when I started playing dress up in my grandmother and great-grandmother’s closets. Both worked as stylists and buyers for a department store in East-

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“I would say my interest in style and fashion is ingrained in my DNA.”

ern North Carolina, and both were always way ahead of any style curve. I would say my interest in style and fashion is ingrained in my DNA. In 2011 I wrote a story and submitted it to Lucky Magazine that ran on the back page of their November issue, and that was the catalyst of it all for me personally. You’re a mom and plenty busy, so how do you juggle family and work life? I’m going to keep this real and not paint some perfect picture that doesn’t exist: I have room to improve in this area. My two boys come first, paying the bills comes second. As a working mom, everything else has to fall into place

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