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January 6, 2009

Find Your Signature Style

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woman in pleated skirt and short sleeve top

Top, $175, Rebecca Taylor; skirt, $650, Boss Black; necklace, $3000, C. Greene; Hahn's own earrings.
Interiors by Janine Carendi MacMurray, AREA Interior Design

Photo Credit: Perry Hagopian

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"I pick things up in different cities, so my wardrobe is kind of a souvenir chest." - HILARY HAHN, GRAMMY-WINNING VIOLINIST

THE LOOK: Classic

HER STYLE MANTRA: "Graceful and elegant. Since I perform internationally year-round, I need durable pieces that always look good, even after months in and out of a suitcase."

WARDROBE STAPLES: "Gorgeous dresses and skirts. Ornate necklaces - but only if they lie flat so they don't get in the way of my violin. And since I'm standing for three hours daily while I play, I've traded my stilettos for 1- or 2-inch heels."

SO NOT HER STYLE: "Bright pink. Minis and skirts with high slits. Since my field is very formal and made up of mostly men, that's not the way I want to stand out."

HER INSPIRATION: "Fabrics like the beautiful silk I found in Japan and had made into skirts. I pick up things in different cities, so my wardrobe is kind of a souvenir chest. Oh, and my violin, made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume in 1864."

PUTTING IT TOGETHER: "I've always been very young-looking; now I'm 29, but people think I'm in college. I like to dress as elegantly as I can so I'll look my actual age."

HILARY'S STYLE TIPS:

  • For a close fit, don't limit yourself to stretch fabrics. Buy structured pieces off the rack and have them tailored.
  • Clothes should never be binding or rigid; they should move with your body.
  • Take inspiration from men's clothes (for me, it's conductors' tuxedos) and look for quality construction.


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