Describe your personal style.
With the exception of a ten year period between my mid-teens to mid-twenties I don’t think my style has changed much since I was young. Is that weird? I wore dresses and skirts throughout grade school and got back into that again in my twenties (after a very brief but extremely awful stint of accessorizing my baggy jeans and sequined tops with glow sticks).
I love getting dressed up and I think the fact that I wasn’t exposed to sweatpants until grade five probably has a lot to do with that. I’m pretty sure my mum said something about not believing in them—or jeans either since I didn’t get my first pair until grade seven. The only reason I did get sweatpants was for a school concert because that was the required “costume.”
The shape of feminine ’50s and ’60s style dresses with a fitted bodice and flared skirt work for my body type. I try to only wear natural fibers (silk, cotton, linen, wool, leather) because they last longer. I would rather spend more on a quality, well-made item that fits perfectly than have a handful of cheaper clothes that don‘t.
I usually dress up my outfits with scarves, jewelry, shoes and purses…so I think a combination of classic clothing shapes with modern accessories might be a good way to describe my style. I try not to get too trendy and if I could wear dresses everyday, I would—so much more comfortable than trousers (and sweatpants)!
Who are your favorite designers?
I love clothes that fit women properly and have unique details—Nanette Lepore, Kate Spade, Leifsdottir, Milly and Cynthia Rowley have really cute, ladylike dresses (that I can‘t afford but still like to look at and whine about). Thankfully, Cynthia Rowley has dress patterns available so you can make your own. That’s a project on my summer sewing list. Sewing my own dresses helps me stretch my shopping budget!
I am also a big fan of Missoni and Zac Posen and would be disorganized without my mammoth Michael Kors purse.
If you could raid anyone’s wardrobe whose would it be?
I would love to get my hands on Cate Blanchett’s Oscar dress and probably anything else she’s ever worn out in public. January Jones from Mad Men has beautiful style also, so I wouldn’t mind taking a few things from her closet.
Is there an item you’re currently eyeing?
I need some new prescription sunglasses so I’ve been trying a few pairs on around town. Did you know Paul Frank makes some cute ones? And they don’t have monkeys on them!
What was your most recent purchase?
A black-and-white patterned silk skirt from the sale rack at Anthropologie. I can wear it with tights now and with sandals in the summer! Or tights and sandals anytime—just kidding!
What is your favorite item in your closet?
I am pretty partial to my Missoni scarf, which was a gift, as well as some of my hand knitted scarves. As for jewelry, I generally wear the same three pieces everyday. A heavy sterling bracelet my parents gave me, a blue topaz cocktail ring, and a sterling opal ring from my man. He also gave me a super cute Kate Spade bracelet for my birthday that is in heavy rotation right now.
How often do you purge items from your closet?
Usually every season when I’m packing up my winter clothes to bring out the summer ones. I am pretty good at getting rid of things I haven’t worn in six months.
Is there a current trend you can’t stand?
Do I have to pick just one? One-shoulder dresses, Coach purses with the monogram all over it, gladiator sandals, “dressy” shorts with heels! Ugh.
What are a few of your favorite styling products?
I use Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat under my eyes to help me pretend that I’m younger than I look. I used to lay out in the sun for hours without sunscreen, but now that I’m very wise—I use sunscreen and Clarins self tanner. My hair curlers/rollers.
Have any secret shopping spots you care to divulge?
There are two consignment stores I like to visit, Renaissance (on Fair Oaks) and Article Consignment (on Elvas).