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January 6, 2009

Find Your Signature Style

Each of these four working women is known for her just-right personal style. Nab their secrets and create a look that's totally you.

woman in turquoise top and black and white skirt

Top, $845, Alberta Ferretti; skirt, $1350, Bill Blass; shoes, $695, Valentino.
Interiors by Janine Carendi MacMurray, AREA Interior Design

Photo Credit: Perry Hagopian

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LOOKING GREAT GETS PERSONAL: From pearls to peep toes, four women discuss their signature style.

"What I look for in vintage furniture is what I also want in clothes: great construction and a timeless design." - JANINE CARENDI MACMURRAY, INTERIOR DESIGNER, AREA Interior Design

THE LOOK: Architectural

HER STYLE MANTRA: "Understated elegance that is absolutely beautiful but never screams, 'Look at me!' It's all about silhouettes."

WARDROBE STAPLES: "Solid, neutral dresses, skinny trousers, and pencil skirts paired with colorful handbags, especially in Kelly green. I love buying heels--with stilettos and peep-toes, the higher the better."

SO NOT HER STYLE: "Pastels. Appliqués. Ruffles and frills. Any pattern that's not bold, graphic, or geometric. And if anyone saw me in yellow, they'd be very surprised."

HER INSPIRATION: "I was born in a Mexican silver-mining town, so I still wear lots of silver jewelry, chunky necklaces, and cuffs. What I look for in antique furniture is what I also want in vintage clothes: great construction and a timeless design."

PUTTING IT TOGETHER: "Just like a room, clothes have to be beautiful but livable. I recently decorated a bedroom all in black and white, and then added a bright-red chair. I do the same with splashes of color in my clothes."


  • Declutter your closet as you would your home. You can have the best labels, but if you have too much stuff in the closet, you're never going to rediscover something.
  • Don't go head-to-toe trendy. Nothing's worse than walking into a client's home and being able to date it - the same goes for your wardrobe.
  • Wear classic pieces and try trends in your accessories. Remember: It's hard to change the couch, but it's easy to change the pillows.

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