From the Editor
To inspire you to look as fresh and as beautiful as spring, we bring you “Playing the Field," eight pages of the glorious colors and styles that will set the look for the season ahead. To assist you in deploying your wardrobe to best advantage, we offer “White Makes Right," four pages on how to create different looks with that same white dress of yours. For this, we sought the savvy advice of three local experts—Michaela Vattimo, fashion stylist and personal shopper; Cheryl Lampard, founder, image and style coach, Style Matters International; and Barbara King, fashion consultant, Barbara King Styling. As a bonus, I asked them to tell our readers the coolest fashion moves to make in the days ahead—and the ones definitely to avoid.
Michaela Vattimo: “You Stay the Star”
• Pick a color of the season to pop against white. Those colors are the floral-named ones: poppy, daffodil, etc.
• Add a cardigan and skinny belt and a flat sandal
to a dress to keep it casual.
• Add neutrals—nude, tan, camel—to white to accent it.
• When going casual, don’t over-accessorize. Pick one or two statement pieces. You stay the star.
• Don’t overlook the right undergarments. Watch for panty lines.
• Don’t wear something that doesn’t fit. If you’re in between sizes, go up a size and invest in a tailor.
Cheryl Lampard: “Color Is Best as an Accent”
• Start with a simple silhouette that fits well.
• If black is too severe for your coloring, try dark navy or espresso brown instead. Bright white can be too harsh also. Instead, go for soft white or cream tones.
• Try different colors. If they don’t work next to your face, use them in a bag or bangle so they’re away from your face but still a part of the outfit.
• When using pops of color, don’t try to get equal amounts of color in each piece. Color is best when used as an accent. You don’t want it to look bitty.
• Don’t skimp on neutrals. They form the basis of your wardrobe. Invest in neutral basics that you’ll wear the most.
• Don’t always wear an outfit in the same way. If you’ve done something well, photograph it, but then change parts up for a different look.
Barbara King: “Layering Necklaces Is In”
• Bangles and bracelets are huge right now. Pile them on. What’s out is wearing your watch on the same wrist as your bangles or bracelets.
• Layering necklaces is in. Gold chains are out.
• Wearing big earrings with a necklace is out. What’s in is a statement necklace or statement earrings, not both together.
So, dear readers, we’ll be looking for you out there. We know you’ll have done your Gulfshore Life homework in this fashion-forward issue—and we’re counting on spectacular results.
Meet the Eco-Stars
Gulfshore Life begins a series in this issue called “Environmental Lifesavers” (see “A Haven—and Heaven—for Butterflies”). We treasure our ecosystem here in Southwest Florida and want to celebrate those dedicating themselves to preserving it. Enjoy the shout-out to Michele Haszard for her butterfly garden. And, please, tell us about those you know who are making an impact as well. We care and will be thrilled to tell their stories. Have a good, pollution-free day.