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Ashlee Kirch TraficanteFashion Statement

Ashlee Kirch Traficante

Seen at: Waterside Shops

Her favorite piece: This Milly dress is my favorite because it is very versatile. You can dress it up with gold shoes, wear it to work with brown pumps, or even wear it with gold flats or flip-flops for a more casual look.

Her fashion philosophy: Keep it simple by picking classic pieces that will not go out of style for a long time.

She’ll splurge on: Shoes and bags, because they can make an outfit.

Favorite trend for fall: Since we live in Florida, I like to change things up with color. Pairing green and brown with gold and orange tones is a good way to do that.


GucciSuit Yourself

Cheryl Lampard, founder of Style Matters International, answers your questions each month.

Dear Cheryl,

I love the new fall/winter trends, especially the pantsuits, which remind me of the ones I wore 35 years ago. I still have one from the 1970s and I’m tempted to wear it this season, but I’m concerned that the outfit will look old-fashioned and I’ll just look old. Your guidance would be appreciated.—Barbara, Naples

Dear Barbara,

Bear in mind that nothing ever comes back exactly the same. The cut of a vintage garment is likely to be different from that of a current piece, so the fit may appear unflattering to your silhouette, even if you are still wearing the same size as three decades ago. For example, the waistband may be cut higher or lower on the vintage pants; take a careful look at these discrepancies and consider if something needs to be/can be altered. The fabric from which your garment is made is also likely to be very different from current fabrics, particularly if it’s not a natural fiber.

Assuming that you are happy with the fit, fabric and color of your pantsuit, capture the mood of the era and bring it up to date by teaming it with modern accessories. A sleek clutch bag, a narrow belt around the jacket or even a great pair of gloves will add a contemporary touch to the look. With the wider pants leg, a heeled loafer shoe from this season’s collections will work perfectly and retain the ’70s vibe. If you’re still hesitant about wearing the suit as an ensemble, separate the pieces and team them with current garments. Wear the pants with a fabulous fitted top or blouse; try the jacket with a sleek tee and some great jeans.

Submit your questions for consideration to jenniferf@gulfshorelife.com.

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