Pittsburgh girls have style and they do it on a budget! Whether they are still living in the city or bringing their style to another place, Pittsburgh girls know how to bargain hunt and look fabulous! Katie, a 27 year-old who works in public relations from Sewickley talks about her style, her best bargain, and that dream purchase!
What is one word to describe your style?
I thought about the answer to this question for awhile. I would classify my style as classic-sharp. Classic describes my overall theme, and my overall goal is to invest in style that can last longer than a single season. Classic cuts. Classic colors. Classic look. The sharp describes the summation of each outfit. Everything flows together, and my goal is to not under-dress (i.e. missing a piece of jewelry, or a scarf or cardigan) or to over-dress (i.e. too much jewelry or makeup).
What are your wardrobe staples?
First, I must always have the proper purse. I almost always have either my leather, over the shoulder, Roots satchel or my knitted and mother of pearl, vintage handbag. My second staple is my pair of leader, black, ballet-style flats. These go with almost any outfit, fit in almost any bag (if I need to switch out of my heels), and are incredibly comfortable. My third staple is the fitted, V-neck T-shirt. I have about 20 of these, most of which are white, and the remainders are solid, strong colors, like royal blue. Lastly, my knee-length, khaki raincoat is a staple. No explanation needed here.
What is one piece of fashion you could never pull off?
Tie-die. Oh, and capri-pants. My body/legs were not made to wear capri pants.
What is your favorite clothing season (fall, winter, spring, summer)?
Fall is my favorite clothing season. By the fall, you’re exhausted from the hot summer and the tank tops. You can freshen up your wardrobe with light scarves you can begin to layer outfits with, cardigans, vests and light jackets. A girl can always be more creative when layers are involved. This doesn’t quite apply to the spring season, as we’re excited for the warm weather and usually lean toward less clothing rather than layering.
What stores do you regularly shop in?
I most often shop in J.Crew, Gap and Banana Republic outlet stores, as well as T.J. Maxx, Ross’ Dress for Less and Marshall’s. I also regularly visit consignment and Goodwill-type stores, especially when I am visiting different neighborhoods or cities. Some of my most complimented outfits and accessories are from St. Vincent de Paul, Goodwill, flea markets or yard sales. By spending less most of the time, I can justify the occasional more expensive purchases.
What was the best deal you ever found?
I found a pink, knee-length, silk dress at Banana Republic. It was originally more than $200. After being on the sale rack, then all sale items with an additional 40% off, with a $50% coupon and a few $10 off coupons, I paid a total of $1.99. Even the sales people were impressed! A few key Goodwill finds include a navy blue, wool, fitted blazer and numerous vintage handbags.
If you were given $1000 and could splurge on one item of clothing/shoes/purses/jewelry, what would you buy?
I would buy the perfect pair of dark, skinny blue jeans, which fit in all the right places. Then, I’d buy the same exact jeans in black.