For most of my adult life I’ve either been a business suit kind of girl—tailored and simple, yet straight out of Vogue. I wanted to be Lauren Hutton in the 70s—or I’ve lived in blue jeans and heels. As I’ve gotten older, my fashion sense about hair, makeup and shoes has changed.
A few years ago my friend, Vinetta, a sales associate at Neiman Marcus, brought a pair of black leather pants into the dressing room. They fit like a dream, but I stood there remembering a pair I’d worn in my 20’s and something I’d read that said if you wore a style the “first time around,” you might be too old to wear it the second time it comes into fashion. I bought the pants anyway. A couple of weeks later my friend, Taylor, gave me a pearl and black leather bracelet for Christmas. She said it “looked like me.” Really?
It was at that moment I said goodbye to business suits and hello to a new style of dressing! I’m still trying to figure out what that is.
Yesterday you may have gotten a 1010ParkPlace “Fashion Friday” email, featuring the beautiful and stylish Xitlalt Herrera-Salazar, Public Relations Manager for Neiman Marcus, San Antonio. Every time I see Xitlalt (Sic-lali), she takes my breath away. She has an innate sense of style that’s never trendy, but right on the mark, and she wears clothes with an ease and confidence like no one else. I’ve told her I want her to take me shopping. Even though I won’t look like her, and my feet will rebel at her stilettos, I want everything she wears and have literally asked Vinetta to search for them.
I hope you look forward to “Fashion Friday” because each week it will be something different. In addition to meeting stylish women like Xitlalt and advice from fashion blogger Cherie James–who mixes vintage and new clothes with shoes she redesigns–I’m opening my photo album to give you a few laughs and a look back at the clothes I’ve worn, like my prom
dress hair. I even have a surprise fashion blogger, waiting in the wings… You’ll never guess! NEVER!
Last week I went to New York City to be in a cosmetic commercial. Twenty “real women” were chosen out of 2,000 who auditioned. The producers wanted to feature us in our own clothes so we were told to bring four, solid colored tops. The director nixed what I brought and told the producer she wanted me to wear my “badass, black leather jacket.” I love that description of my Vince jacket, the second one I’ve bought. The first one I left in a NYC taxicab… I was heartbroken. Here are three similar, Vince, badass jackets!
So here’s to inspiring one another to step up our fashion game, regardless of where we shop. I’m not talking about anything silly or extreme, but as Xitlalt says, “Wear what you love because you want to feel good about it,” and “Always take a risk with something fun.”