Kristin Tucker

Fashion Rules Are Meant To Be Broken…

When Molly Buckley interviewed me on WCHL this week she asked a familiar burning fashion question. “Once and for all, when can I start wearing white?” Good question Molly. Do I give the Emily Post “by the fashion rule book” response or the answer with the regional twist?   Molly got my wardrobe wheels spinning. (Thanks for planting the seed for this week’s column, Molly!) As a style coach, clients routinely ask me questions regarding wardrobe rules. So, I’m sharing a few of the most frequently asked questions and some “guidelines” to follow.  When can I start wearing white?  To answer Molly’s question, the old school rule used to be from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This rule always applied more to wearing white shoes than it did to white clothing. Historically, wearing white marked the start of the summer season. Time to head to the summer house in the Hamptons for the New York City slickers or the beach cottage on the Outer Banks (or insert favorite beach destination) for the southern folks. You would wear lighter weight whites in the summer simply to stay cool (especially with a lack of AC back in the day). Come Labor Day and cooler temps, it was time to transition the wardrobe and pack away the whites and pull out the darker clothing.  No matter where you live, more people than ever are breaking this rule. Even Emily Post’s most recent manners bible gives...

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Talk Derby To Me…

My favorite spring sporting event has to be the Kentucky Derby. What stands out most during this historic horse race is difficult to decide–the sleek and athletic thoroughbreds, the diminutive yet wiry jockeys in their colorful silks, the thrill of the race itself or the chance for a long-shot filly to come from behind and win the garland of roses.  Honestly, I love the pageantry of the entire event, but who am I trying to fool? For me it’s all about two things—the hat and the mint julep. They call it the “fastest two minutes in sports.” So much eye candy stimuli and so little time! Fortunately for us the pageantry and parties last all day and into the night. The Derby is as much about fashion as it is about horse racing. Tune in Saturday, May 7th, and you’ll see. Dresses rule—from fancy to frilly to floral to neutral—as do high heels and seersucker suits.  According to the official Kentucky Derby website, attendees spend as much time and money on their race-day threads as they do at the betting window—maybe even more!  Whether you’re headed to Churchill Downs or just down the street for a neighborhood soiree, I’ve got a few ideas to share. Remember that hat I told you to dust off for the royal wedding? Well here’s your chance to add some fresh flowers or trendy feathers and break it out yet again. Guys, got any seersucker in...

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Royal Wedding Fever…

You know you’ve got it. Even if you don’t have the fever, you know that you’ll be one of the billion people across the world viewing what is hyped to be the social event of the century. Thanks to modern technology we don’t have to get up at the pre-dawn hour of 4:00 a.m. Friday April 29th to catch all the pageantry. What did we do before the DVR and You Tube!? Why this continued American obsession with British royalty? In my opinion, there’s one main reason to watch. We do it for Di. Lady Diana remains an iconic symbol of fashion, class and goodwill. While the world watched Will and Harry grow into manhood without their devoted mother at their side, we instinctively took the boys under our collective wing. We owe it to Diana to attend her oldest son’s wedding, even it is from across the pond and behind the screen of our 52” plasma, iPad or smart phone. It just feels like the right thing to do in her honor. Plus, we as Americans have no royalty to call our own. Every American girl grew up wanting to be a princess and wishing to find her prince charming, so let us just pretend for one more day that those fantasies exist. What will the major players wear? The media and fashsionistas everywhere are obsessed with that...

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