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Hi! I’m Linda Buckman.

I’m a fashion and image stylist in the established sense… and in a very unique sense as well.

What does that mean? Well, on the conventional side of things, let’s just say I’ve paid my dues. Certified as a professional level image consultant in 1999 by the Association of Image Consultants International, I served as president of AICI San Francisco chapter in 2000. I have a broad base of skills and certifications from makeup for photography and television to color analysis and image design.

As the lead designer for Owii Women’s clothing from 1990-1993, I dressed thousands of women of all shapes and sizes. In 1994, I created my own cosmetic line of warm and cool colors and a color analysis kit for salon professionals.

Over the years as a signature stylist, I’ve shopped with my personal clients in cities all over the world, from New York and San Francisco to Paris, Moscow, and Berlin. In 2008, I was chosen as Best Personal Stylist in San Francisco Magazine’s “Best of the Bay Area” feature.

But here’s the unique part: I’ve never fully fit into the traditional fashion world because I believe in empowering women of all body types, personalities, and image sensibilities.

In fact, my mission is to redefine the paradigm of beauty as the woman who loves her body like a best friend. I am dedicated to providing a safe, non-judgmental space for every woman I have the honor of guiding. I know that the majority of women (even the ones that make things look “perfect” on the outside) struggle with body-related issues. So your tears, if they come, are welcome here.

Click here to read my blog post on the New Paradigm of Beauty

For me, the struggle to embrace my own body started when I was about 13. With a gifted eye for color, design and artistic composition and a scholastic, national art award under my belt, my mother’s sewing handiwork made it possible for me to design my own clothing from the patterns and fabrics we bought at my aunt’s fabric store. It was no surprise when fashion magazines started catching my eye.

Pretty quickly, however, the images of lanky, chiseled, reed-thin women in the publications made me question my short body and even shorter legs. How could I look good in the gorgeous clothes they modeled with my drastically different body? This led to me feeling inadequate, frustrated, and sometimes downright ugly.

As an adult, I went through long periods of wearing three-inch heels every day, wishing to make my legs look longer. I struggled with eating disorders trying to make my body impossibly thin. I put so much energy into trying to make an impossible change to my body that I lost touch something essential about myself, and it took a long time to get back to a place where I felt like I could be truly happy in my own skin.  

Psychotherapy, meditation, and marathon running have been central companions for me on my ongoing journey of self-development. However, my work in the fashion industry (and all its various realms) also proved crucial to my healing process. I learned through trial and error how to make fashion work for me to feel confident in my body and genuine in my creative style. Now, I use the opportunity of getting dressed and doing my makeup as a daily meditation to connect with my one-of-a-kind body.

So many women in today’s culture suffer the same way I did: they compare their bodies to those in magazines, or on billboards or movie and computer screens, and get stuck in a constant loop of physical negativity. They waste huge amounts of energy putting their own bodies down for not measuring up to society’s “ideal.”

Even women who are very successful in business struggle with this. Even women who have beautiful, picture-perfect families struggle with this. Even women who, objectively, have the kind of bodies society deems “beautiful,” still struggle with this. I know, because I’ve worked with all of them.

Every single one of us was born beautiful and it is our place to nurture our beauty as we age.

My job – and my honor – is to help you bring yours out, with cuts, colors, and an overall “look” that not only flatters your figure, but helps you start to think of your body as your best friend. In my opinion, there is nothing more beautiful than that.

To learn more about working with me, click here.

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