Recently I met and worked with three generations of women: Grandma, mother and three daughters. We met at the upscale boutique Grapevine in Lake Oswego. I dress women of all ages every day, but the opportunity to dress a family of women in one morning was creative and unique.
In addition to the striking beauty and impressive personal and professional achievements, each of these women had distinctly different personal styles. Each had a solid understanding of what they liked and most definitely what they didn’t — cornerstones for knowing your person style.
Marjorie Nason, the 91-year-old inspirational matriarch, lives on her own and still mows her own lawn! A retired journalist, Marjorie’s main style need is comfort, especially around the waistline. So we put her in mid-rise leggings from 3Dot, paired with a Splendid sweater with contouring seaming at the waist to flatter her midsection.
At her age, Marjorie isn’t trotting around in heels but that doesn’t mean she has to sacrifice style. We found bronze colored Joseph Siebel Caspian sneakers next door atSoletta, which will fit her need for comfort and will go with everything since bronze is a neutral. We finished Marjorie’s look with a beautiful gem necklace suitably named ‘Old Soul.’ It’s a good reminder that style has no age limit.
At 61, Kerry Lau has a fabulous figure and classic style. She loves her denim and wanted to try the boyfriend look so we put her in a relaxed skinny jean from 7 for All Mankind with a Rail plaid shirt she’s been coveting. Pairing sandals with a plaid shirt and jeans is a great way to transition from winter to spring. I showed Kerry how to tuck her shirt front behind the button of her jeans to create a slouchy tuck — a great way to elongate the leg while not having to fully tuck in your shirt.
We added a chain link Jenny Bird necklace and bracelet for some edginess while maintaining her classic style. Kerry noted that changing up her jewelry just a bit made a major impact.
Don’t try to put a color on Jordan Lau, a 35-year-old special education teacher. This girl loves her denim and lace and all things neutral.
But when I saw her insanely beautiful green eyes, I had to try to convince her to pair an Army green Sanctuary vest with her Dylan by Tru Grit blouse and 7 for All Mankind bootcut denim jeans.
Army green can play as a pseudo neutral — meaning it acts as a neutral since it’s an Earth tone.
There is no way this middle child is going to get lost in the shuffle. Megan Pozos is as bright and shiny as the colors she loves to wear.
The 33-year-old is taking time off from her career in marketing to spend time with her eight-month-old baby. Since her tummy and hips are still a concern, we selected a bloused Joie floral V-neck top to flatter her hourglass curves while camouflaging any signs that she just had a baby.
I enjoyed Megan’s love for bright colors because it represented her feminine and outgoing personality. Instead of pairing the blouse with the typical blue denim, we went with a dark gray instead.
Gray was a trend this fall and winter that is transitioning to spring making it a great neutral — it on trend and will never go out of style.
At 25, Madeline Marin-Foucher would be hard to classify as the baby of the family. With an old soul like her grandma’s, Madeline is the lead stylist at Grapevine, so we had a blast collaborating on her look.
Of course, the younger you are the more daring you can be with the latest trends. Black overalls by Paige were a perfect pick for her, but don’t be mistaken, her mom could have rocked this look as well.
The dark color created a long uninterrupted visual line, while the Equipment blouse and Joie chambray blazer we combined with them, pulled together a perfectly layered look.