You Anew: Style tips and advice for the new year from Fort Worth experts
Compiled by Jenny Davis
Naughty or nice is officially over. Now comes the clean slate you need and deserve. Tap into that big resolution energy to revive and restore your body and soul.
New look, new you
Savvy shopping tips come easily to wardrobe stylist Bonnie Smith, founder of the Fort Worth-based ShopwithBonnie Agency. Smith, who recently relocated the business from Southlake, encourages everyone to escape from the “denim-leggings-repeat” cycle by embracing a pair of comfy, casual wide-leg pants. Her favorites are from Rag & Bone, but it’s her job to make sure every client shines, whether the looks are new or favorites culled from a comprehensive closet makeover. Check out her website for closet wrangling/shopping packages. shopwithbonnie.com
When it comes to fresh starts, Smith urges you to treat yourself to something that sparkles. “I often see friends and clients waiting for jewelry to be a special-occasion-only gift, but life is a special occasion.” Find a jewelry designer whose style resonates with you, she suggests. “Then work it into your wardrobe budget.” For a beautiful option, gift yourself a necklace from the Roberto Coin Venetian Princess collection. $3,700-$6,000, Haltom’s
Streamline your look
Scanlan Theodore is here to help every woman who has ever stood before an overstuffed closet and found nothing to wear. The independent luxury label based in Australia isn’t as well-known in Texas, but that’s set to change thanks to its newly opened 3,000-square-foot boutique in Dallas’ NorthPark Center. The brand is beloved by CEOs and celebrities alike for its modern, sophisticated silhouettes, quality fabrication (Meghan Markle is a fan of its Italian-milled crepe knit) and a shopping philosophy that values wardrobe building over one-off buying.
A sweeter sweater
Anyone can buy a sweater, scarf or cap, but can anyone make them? Actually, yes. Knitting is known to have therapeutic effects such as reducing stress, increasing self-esteem and boosting confidence. As a group activity, it creates social bonds and fosters a feeling of community. Plus, your efforts can result in something both handmade and haute. Whether you’re new to needles or are looking for a challenge, check out local spots such as JuJu Knits and West 7th Wool in Fort Worth or On the Lamb Yarn Shoppe in Grapevine for supplies, classes and knitting groups.
A purposeful purse
Purses don’t just carry things — they also symbolize status and significance. But that doesn’t have to involve a loud logo or a ubiquitous brand. BENE handbags support causes that matter — craft quality, female artists and the vibrance of New Orleans. This independent brand owned by women brings together artisan Italian leather and exotic skin exteriors with colorful fabric interiors featuring the works of renowned NOLA-based female artists. Sizes and colors vary, but the Mini Notts in metallic brights are positively collectible. Prices start at $200, Malouf’s and You Are Here