Elizabeth Bean Smith, owner of style consulting firm Wardrobe Therapy, talks about her own individual style, and what she can't live without for fall.
Q: Give us a quick background on yourself... Where are you from? What got you interested in fashion?
A: I have always had a fascination with fashion. I remember dressing my Barbies, so that they were ready for each place they were going to in my mind. Same with all of the babies I had even our family cats. I loved playing dress up. I majored in fshion merchandising and product development at Bowling Green State University. They had a two-in-one program where you finished your schooling at The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. When I moved to NYC, that is when I realized how much I was on the creative side of the business, versus the business side. Styling has always been a passion of mine.
Q: How would you describe your look?
A: I would describe my look as boho-chic. Not so much the hippie version. More the glamour version. I love layers. I love my cardigans, blazers, trenches. I'm not overall dressy; I'm more casual in my look. I love my heels, but pairing them with something more simple. And I generally have an arm of bangles. You always need a little extra, right?
Q: What three specific pieces in your closet can you not live without?
A: They change with the seasons. For fall/winter? I would have to say:
Q: What's your best bargain?
A: I would have to say the coveted boyfriend jacket. I found a fabulous one at New York & Company several weeks ago for $7.99. It's the perfect length and it can be worn over a fantastic dress or with a legging or skinny denim. You can check it out on our Facebook page under Wardrobe Therapy.
Q: Your favorite splurge?
A: My favorite splurge would have to be a jacket, as well, by Twenty8Twelve (by designers Sienna and Savannah Miller). It can take me so many places.... I love a versatile piece that looks effortless, but so chic.
Q: Where are your favorite places to shop in Columbus?
A: Our boutiques! Columbus has some really fabulous stores. I enjoy shopping where I can be inspired. Even if the item can't always come home with me, I appreciate the beauty of it!
For more on Wardrobe Therapy, visit www.WardrobeTherapyLLC.com.
Kristy Eckert is editor of Capital Style.