Start Spring in Style

April 2012

Put away your boots, jackets and wool sweaters because spring is breezing its way into Houston. What will you need to greet the warmer weather in style?

Get a little help from the experts this season. We’ve found several places where you can get some personal attention and feel confident about your clothes, whether you’re going to a summer wedding, important business function, or just need to update your casual pool-side attire.

Memorial Resident Mark Gannon recently opened Mark’s Clothiers, an upscale menswear store with a casual neighborhood feel. From golf shirts to business suits, Mark can help men find the best items for their lifestyle and body type. “I can give them something new and different, and then, show them how to wear it,” says Gannon.

With merchandise from manufacturers such as: Gittman Brothers Shirt Makers, Coppley, and Southern Tide, the store offers plenty of in stock and made-to-order items. “There is nothing like it on this side of town,” Gannon explains.

Another great source of fashion advice is personal shoppers. Many department stores offer this service, including Nordstrom, Dillard’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. Macy’s provides this assistance at both the Galleria and Memorial City locations.

Typically, the personal shopper will gather some basic information regarding your size and style preferences prior to the appointment. When you arrive, they have already gathered head-to-toe looks for you to try in a private dressing room. They can also advise you on the best shades and silhouettes for your body type.  “People often have a particular event to go to and don’t know the proper attire,” says Dillard’s personal shopper, Phyllis Shapiro.

Using a personal shopper at a department store can save you time, and best of all, it is a free service. You are under no obligation to purchase any of the items they suggest.

If you prefer someone who can come to you, Wardrobe Consultant Rebecca Matthews can come right to your closet and help you make more out of the clothes you already own. She can advise you on what to clean out and what to add to your existing wardrobe.

Matthews will also do personal shopping for men, women and teens. She can help prepare a wardrobe for all kinds of events, such as weddings, graduation parties, and sorority rush. “Stores can be overwhelming because there is so much stuff. I teach people how to shop and make good choices,” comments Matthews.

Getting help updating your spring wardrobe can be fun and might get you to try something new. As Matthews says, “You start and end your day in the closet. Why not make it a great experience?”

Copyright 2012 Absolutely! Focus Media

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