SHE might boast on her website that she has styled celebs including royal Zara Phillips but Claire Fabb has a confession to make — she would much rather work with the everyday woman.

The stylist, 40, who built her career on the northern beaches, living in Avalon and Manly, revealed she just does not have the patience these days.

“I much prefer real people,” she said.

“Generally, with people who are quite high profile, it comes with lots of ego and as you get older you can’t deal with it,” she said, laughing.

The woman behind the website Style By Yellow Button has regular clients who see her as often as four times a year — as well as a team of other stylists who charge from $170 an hour.

And she said it was that side of her work which was most satisfying.

“People cry, scream, they send photos of themselves afterwards and beautiful messages,” she said.

“It’s about making people feel good about themselves.”

Fabb swapped corporate life for fashion — though she had been a buyer for Perth boutique Brownie as a student — after having daughters Indi, 12, and Manly Village student Milla, 10.

With zero budget, she set up her website and a fashion blog.

Her big break was being asked to write for Vogue’s website.

As well as styling for regular shoppers and celebs, she went on to be hired by brands including Net A Porter, Witchery and Sportscraft to work on digital content plus in-store styling, and has appeared on TV including on The Morning Show.

Now she has come full circle, and is also advising non-fashion firms on how to build their brands online.

However, she said she had to be careful not to push herself too much. Three years ago she was diagnosed with chronic fatigue after waking up unable to move.

“You realise you have limitations,” she said.

Meanwhile, even fashion experts make mistakes, said Fabb, who still remembers one.

“My Year 12 formal dress. It was like a gold satin, I designed it myself. It just wasn’t right for my body type,” she said.Read more at:formal dresses online | short formal dresses australia