Kelly Hillegass was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina. Her love for all things creative and imagery based began early on always challenging teachers to let her turn in projects as videos, or big visual displays. Kelly began assisting local photographer Eric Von Bargen while in high school and worked as an assistant to stylist Jess James during college. After college Kelly worked at a surf shop learning merchandising, and buying. This is where she really feel in love with providing customers with a personalized shopping experience. She began styling, directing, and shooting looks for the shop as social media was gaining ground as a marketing tool. In 2014 Kelly moved to New York City to continue to grow in her career in fashion. While living in New York Kelly worked at major fashion public relations firm PR Consulting.
After Enjoying the big city, Kelly became home sick for her little beach town and family. She moved back down south taking a job at locally based wholesale brand Simply Noelle as the Stylist. Kelly worked at Simply Noelle for 5 years as Sr. Stylist and wore many hats working in creative marketing, product direction, development and model talent management. Kelly was most recently featured in the Fall issue of Gifts and Dec Magazine 2018 on fall trends, Styled Lindsey Cheek of (Gathered Group) and family for her home feature in the July 2018 issue of Southern Living Magazine, Focus on the coast January 2020 issue on wedding trends, Wilma Magazine's "find your style" feature April 21 issue.
Kelly made her styling services available for hire June 2018 and provides personal, commercial, and editorial styling services. To learn more about packages offered please view the Services page.
"I believe everyone deserves to look polished and present their own personality through style. I am here to take the stress out of getting dressed and help you gain style confidence. Whether you're too busy to create the wardrobe you crave, are not sure how to dress for your body shape or certain events, or just uninspired with your current closet. I am here to make you feel confident, organized and help you enjoy getting dressed. Clothing is my passion and I truly love getting to know my clients while producing a personalized project.
I also offer commercial or editorial shoots for businesses providing on brand styling and imagery. If you're interested in personalized style, styled fashion shoots, creative direction, or shoot management I would love to speak with you." - Kelly Hillegass