January 17, 2021

Your Fashion Questions, Answered | Damsel In Dior

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I took a poll on Instagram last week and requested that you send in all of your questions.

Because there was such a strong response, I decided to break them up into sections starting with the most popular category, Fashion & Style!

Do you still wear your Chanel sunnies you got last year? – Ashley P

No. They were an impulse purchase that I made while in Florence and I regretted it. I actually gave them to my brother to he can wear them for fun this summer.

Top 5 pieces for a summer wardrobe? – Cat

1 A great pair of denim shorts. 2. Oversized sunglasses. 3. A medium sized straw bag. 4. A classic black one-piece swimsuit. 5. Pair of white sandals.

How did you find your style? – Hibi C

That’s a tough question to answer because I feel like my personal style is constantly evolving. After high school when I moved to Chicago I was given the chance to play dress up more {living in a big city}. The seasons gave me a chance to play with layers and really explore different sides to my personality. After I moved to Los Angeles the style here is much more laid back. However I travel {or used to} quite often to New York and Paris for work so it lended me with opportunities to dress up. I think the more chances you have to dress up for different types of occasions the better you get at doing so.

What are your favorite styles of belt bags? Martha D

Do you mean crossbody bags? I don’t really wear belt bags but my favorite cross body bag is the A.P.C. half moon and all of Clare V’s crossbody bags.

Do you prioritize eco-responsible clothes (non-toxic, good salary, local) – Lauren C

I shop a LOT locally and strive to support my friends such as Heidi Merrick, Rachel Comey, Rachel Pally, Clare V., The Optimist, Janessa Leone, Sophie Monet, Sophie Buhai…to name a few. So to answer your question: yes! 🙂

Favorite everyday handbag? – The Luces

I absolutely love my Goyard PM tote and carry it almost every day. It’s a great bag to buy used because it’ll get banged up a little bit. For a less expensive option, I also love the Everyday Tote bag by Mansur Gavriel or the Cloud Bag by Baggu.

Can we see your fine jewelry collection? Favorite piece of jewelry? – Quyen P

I don’t love showing it all together. It feels a little braggadocious. My collection includes Cartier Juste un Clou and Love Bracelets, an Hermés watch, Retrouvai jewelry and Tiffany & Co. pieces to name a few.

How do you keep your tees so white? – @bexhunt1

I’m not sure but I do wash ALL of my whites together using Laundress. I love, love the smell of Laundress.

Do you take your love bracelet off? Is it hard? – Maddie B

Very rarely. I recently took my bigger one off as we entered quarantine because I wanted to wear minimal accessories while at home. It isn’t hard to take off at all.

Can we see your engagement ring? – Anne R

Sure! If you google it I think more images will come up. It’s a modified radiant cut, 3.25 carats.

Do you like your small Cartier Love better than original? Reason you’re wearing one less? – Keesha G

I’m only wearing it less because I’m home and it felt weird to be wearing two bracelets all the time. I’ll put it back one once I go back out into the wild 🙂 But to answer your question, lately I’ve been liking my smaller one because I’ve been feeling rather minimal lately.

How often do you do closet clean outs? – Sarah

Once a month.

New favorite clothing finds? – Lauren B

I’ve been loving finding secret pieces on Amazon. I’m doing a year-long partnership with them soon so I’ve been geeking out to finding super affordable pieces. It’s like a fun game for me!

How do you style outfits for spring? – Stephanie V

I’m all about layers and never leave the house without a light jacket. Lately I’ve been loving lots of neutrals and don’t worry about them being too matchy. I also lean in to accessories more during the spring, such as hats, jewelry and scarves.

Favorite affordable online shops? – Desi G

Obsessed with Everlane lately!

Any ideas for re-entry looks? – Janelle I

For me I’m going to wear less make-up and stick to minimal styles and neutral colors.

How to elevate basics for work? – Lisa L

I think that any outfit can be easily elevated with a great slingback heel. You can also pull your hair back in a low bun and add a headband to elevate the look.

Tricks for save/splurge style? – Lisa L

Splurge on bags and accessories such as a classic black headband and good jewelry. Splurge on classic pieces like the Hermès Oran Sandals or a Chanel quilted handbag. Save on jeans, tops and sunglasses.

Trend you can’t get behind? – Christine

Just one? (ha!). I can’t get behind the puffy Bottega Veneta sandals or the netted cage sandals. I can’t get behind biker shorts and crop tops.

How has your style changed to accommodate mom life? – Penny

My pajamas are less cute because I get messy during dinner time and soaked during bath time. Really just my “stay at home” style is different. I still love getting dressed when I can go out.

How long did it take for your Amazon straw bag to arrive? (backorder situation) Christine E

Damn! Mine took about a week.

Have you always had an eye for fashion and design or is a skill you have honed? – Joni

I’m not 100% sure but I do know that I’ve always enjoyed playing dress up and my mom and I used to take a lot of shopping trips growing up.

Summer tank/shirt dresses to wear with sneakers/sandals? – Narz T

Love this dress by Lacausa. It’s been in my closet for a very long time and I always bring it out during summer.

Robe suggestions? – Nina M

100% Lunya “The Robe”

Affordable fashion picks for transitioning back into seeing people? – Sabrina M

I’d check out my clothing favorites from my Amazon shop because I’m constantly adding affordable pieces that I love.

Classic, everyday pieces for work? – Grace M

Black trousers, a slingback heel and a crisp white button up shirt.

How do you know when something is out of style? – Marija P

If you are dressing in classic pieces that feel timeless then you will never be out of style.

Hat box suggestion? – Melissa D

I’m on the hunt! Steamline makes some great hat box luggage pieces.

What are the items I should invest in at goal weight? – Niamh C

Congrats! I would invest in a pretty black silk dress.

Next big wishlist purchase? – Noelline B

A piece of Retrouvai jewelry from her Lollipop collection.

10 best shoes? – Noelline B

Hermes Oran Flats, Gianvitto Rossi Portofino 70’s, Soludos Beach Slides, Mansur Gavriel Slingbacks in White and Black, Jenni Kayne House Slippers, Chanel Ballerina Flats, Tkees, New Balance Sneakers, Tory Burch Bubble Sneaker and a pair of Hunter Boots.

10 best bags? – Noelline B

Chanel Quilted Black Classic, Bottega Veneta Quilted Pouch, anything Mansur Gavriel, Goyard PM in black, Dior Saddle Bag, Cult Gaia, Staud, Tory Burch, Clare V. and Loewe.

I feel like I reached a certain age and lost my style – any tips for re-finding it? – Wendy W

Oh no! Have you tried hanging out with people who are younger than you are? Try listening to different music, watch a new show or read an inspiring book. Push yourself outside of your comfort zone a little bit and maybe buy something you normally wouldn’t buy.

Where are your sunglasses/eyeglasses from? – Melissa W

My eye glasses are very, very old and from LA Eyeworks. My sunglasses are Amazon.

Jewelry organization tips? – Erin T

I would check this video out. I use inserts in my drawers to keep everything organized.

Favorite white tee? – Jennifer J

Currently it’s this one by James Perse.

Best workout clothes for postpartum mom? – Stephanie

I love Beyond Yoga pants because they have stretch. I’d wear an oversized tee with them.

Do you have a bag you love that seems to go with every outfit? – Devon

Yes! Any of the Dior prints like this one OR the Tory Burch Lee bags.

How do you decide what to get rid of? – Kristin

If I haven’t worn something in over a month it gets moved to the further left side of the rack. I then make myself wear it within a month or I get rid of it (unless it’s something sentimental or occasional like a black silk dress).

What’s the story about your Chanel ring that Grant got you? – Julie

Ha! I’ll share it in my book (coming soon!).

Easy wardrobe style tips? – Tracy M

Keep things sweet and simple. I would “favorite” or take screen grabs of favorite outfits you come across online. I save all of my outfit inspiration images into a folder on my phone so that when I go to get dressed I try to put together an outfit that’s similar.

Favorite high and low designers right now? – Nadia D

High – Asceno // Low – Amazon

Best investment white sandal? – Tiffany

Hermes Oran Sandal for sure but there’s a great knockoff on Amazon. I also really love these Tkees.

If you were an award circuit celeb, which designer would be your dream gown partnership? – Shannon

Maria Grazia Chiuri

Favorite running shoes? – Amanda


Favorite affordable denim shorts? – Inessa


Affordable summer dresses? – @cmoggs

Faithfull The Brand

How do you organize closet? – Veroushka

I put everything into categories {t-shirts, dresses, blazers, dressy tops} and then organize by color.

xoxo jacey


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