Flashionista asks Sherrie a few questions
| What are your winter wardrobe staples?
| FL: Some people seem to have an innate sense of style in everything (dress, home, etc.) while some, even though they work at it, don’t come off as being stylish. Then there are those that just plain don’t care. Do you think style is a talent that some have naturally?SM: Yes, having great style is a talent like being able to draw well. But your parents (or other important family influences) friends, and geographical environs can make or break you sometimes.
I describe in my books how curiosity, self propelled observation, and interest all contribute to your personal style. Your choices of magazines, movies, travel, architecture, photography and really looking at people around you can make a huge difference.
Those that simply don’t care, usually look it. They may well be the majority of the world’s population.
FL: Can you name some current style mavens of our generation?
FL: How does one go about critiquing one’s own style with the idea of refining or improving it?
SM: Begin adopting the skills nourished by curiosity and observation. Books on style and make-up like, Forever Cool, and Steal This Style, were written to offer inspiring information to those who may not be able to hire me or someone else to style them. The models in my books are real people with very diverse lives and needs. So almost any individual can find themselves represented within their pages.
Always look at high-end examples of style. In New York, for instance walk from 57th St. to 86th St. on Madison Ave. and if you’re able, visit places like London, Paris, Spain, and Italy. Luxury magazines are good sources too, but beware, they are not always perfect.
FL: What items are on your Fall 09 must-have list?
SM: Knee (or just over the knee) high boots, black opaque tights, leggings, silver chain necklace/bracelet…or mixed with gold; and perhaps a preppy “shrunken” blazer.
FL: Any last words of ‘Style Wisdom?”
SM: Certainly there’s room for all sorts of styles from purist and minimalist to eccentric and ethnic. My only caveat is that they be done well.
The important thing to remember (and many would defiantly disagree with me) is that there is such a thing as “bad taste.” It’s no fun to look at, it abounds like no time before in history, and it stems from lack of exposure –and real interest.
| Sherrie Mathieson Style Consultant
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