Seen at: Love That Dress! Collection Party at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Coconut Point
Her favorite piece: “I love the dress, but my favorite thing I’m wearing is my necklace, which was a gift from my kids.”
Her shopping mantra: “I look for pieces that are both comfortable and stylish.”
Her closet is filled with... Tory Burch, Lilly Pulitzer and Theory.
Shop for a Cause
Saks Fifth Avenue is partnering with Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support to host the 2011 Key to the Cure, a charity shopping weekend from Oct. 20–23. On the 20th, stop by the Waterside Shops location for a kick-off celebration complete with hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment and shopping. Limited edition T-shirts, designed by Elie Tahari and represented this year by singer-actress Jennifer Hudson, will be available, with 100 percent of the purchase price being donated to local charities.
Dressing Made Easy
Cheryl Lampard, founder of Style Matters International, answers your questions each month.
My husband is red/green colorblind, and it’s not always practical for me to select his clothing on a daily basis. He needs a system that enables him to quickly and easily put outfits together. Can you help?
—Barbara, Bonita Springs
I have devised a number of systems and tactics that work, depending on the individual’s lifestyle, personality and wardrobe tastes.
Tagging. Place tags on the hangers of each garment, write a number on each tag and add the numbers/names of other items that work with the tagged garment. For example: Sport Coat No. 3 goes with Shirts No. 2, 4, 8; Pants No. 15, 16; Ties No. 20, 21, 26; etc. Another alternative is to use iron-on tapes inside the garment.
Indelible Pen.With an indelible pen, mark the fabric label sewn into the garment using a system of dots classifying the garment color, i.e. one dot = blue; two dots = green. Alternatively, write numbers on the labels denoting which garments go together, for example all items marked No. 1 can be worn together, all the 2s go together and so on. You could also mark the labels with both dots and numbers to create a more detailed system.
Grayscale. If your husband looks good in black, grays and white, one solution is to purchase items in a “grayscale” palette. Colorblind men usually have no problems distinguishing tonal values. White shirts, charcoal suits, black trousers or jeans could be the basis of his wardrobe, with color accents added with great ties (that you can help him select).
Something to bear in mind is that texture can be very important to men who have difficulty with color. So add variegated textures within an outfit—a knitted tie, a slubby fabric, a seersucker jacket—whatever it is, it’s a way your husband can be actively involved in putting his look together and developing his own signature style.
Submit your questions for consideration to firstname.lastname@example.org.