Spring is here and as the annual Spring cleaning hit my closet, I thought of my stylist friend, Cynthia Carr Gardner, and all of the helpful tips she’s given me over the years. I thought you all might need some help in that area too, so I asked Cynthia to give us her top 10 list of tips for our Spring wardrobes.
TEN TIPS FOR BEST DRESSING
By Cynthia Carr Gardner
Buy once and buy well. Shop with purpose and think about quality vs. quantity. Timeless vs. trendy. Fabric and fit are everything, so buy the best you can afford and make sure to tailor even lesser pieces to fit perfectly. The nominal cost will reveal a better piece. The key to chic is in the mix, so don’t hesitate to pair Valentino with Vince.
Dress the part! Find your look and build on it. Consider what silhouettes enhance your body type and focus on your best asset … great legs, small waist, slim hips … Flaunt it with looks that are current and age appropriate. Colors can bring life to your look, so find a new hue.
Put your best foot forward. The simplest outfit will sing when paired with a fabulous shoe. A simple navy dress with red patent peep toes, all white against metallic pumps, floral faille with a solid suit … the most basic look is elevated with just the right shoe. Flats, strappy sandals, kitten heels, city sandals … there’s something for everyone this season.
Carry on! Handbags, totes and clutches add the perfect polish. Whether you’re clutching the newest lady bag, toting just the right clutch, or shouldering a beautiful and practical tote… find your ‘IT’ bag this Spring.
Accessories. From the simple to the sublime. Do you love chains or maybe you’re a pearl girl? Amp up your outfit with necklaces aplenty, wrist wear or ear candy. Size matters this season, so experiment with embellishment.
Cynthia Carr Gardner is a stylist in New York City, Los Angeles and Boston. Katie Couric and James Taylor are counted among her roster of clients. She resides in Boston and travels far and wide, making the world a more stylish place.