Hundreds of women lined up to be treated like royalty at the beauty bar, find out what their true style calling was with Style for Hire’s closet, and for a chance to personally meet with Stacy herself.
Thanks to Beth Gallagher on behalf of Westfield Montgomery, I had the opportunity to conduct a joint interview with Stacy, along with Kara Manos, creator and editor of the website Politics Of Pretty.
DC Metro area fashion was the first topic about which both Kara and I had to ask. Stacy believes that Michelle Obama is a great role model for women in Washington. She owns her style in a way that is about her, not just the fact that she is the First Lady. Everyone’s style should be about personal identity–flaunting what you love, camouflaging what you don’t and loving all of it. Michelle is very strong about this and presents herself in a very confident way.
Stacy believes there was a real shift when the Obama Administration came to office, because fashion wise there is now room to breathe. For the first time, we are seeing a First Lady who wears American designers from different ethnic backgrounds. She believes that this symbolizes the fact that America is this amazing melting pot of incredible creativity from all areas of ethnicity, which is really inspiring. This is carrying over to what women in DC are doing with their own fashion. Women are being more cognizant of not wearing just the black suits and the black shoes.
For the career women of DC, especially federal employees, Stacy understands that when working for any federal agency, there is a certain level of appropriateness. Neutrals will get any woman far. Look for things with versatility and longevity, but accent those pieces with pops of color. Buy suit separates and always make sure your blacks match!
Maxi skirts and bright colored skinny jeans are trending this season, but Stacy believes that not all women can wear them. If the skirt is as tall as you are – do not wear it! Maxi skirts can make short girls look shorter. As for the bright skinny jean trend, if you have larger hips, the brightness will only bring attention to that, so Stacy highly recommends wearing longer, flowing shirts and/or blouses that will provide coverage to the hip area.
Finally, Stacy believes that the beauty trend for spring includes a little shimmer on the cheek and a really pretty lip color. This is the easiest and most natural look to get that any woman can do. The moment that eyeliner is brought into the equation, it starts getting a little tricky. The average, everyday woman should add a little bit of color to their face and find a focal point, like a lip gloss or mascara, and find a feature on her face and just stick to that.
So ladies, be bold, take some chances, get out of the black and into some color this season!