Do you feel like you’re lost when it comes to fashion? The Voice-Tribune’s new blogger, Fitz Fitzgerald, gave us his expert opinion on style and how to spice up your look and leave onlookers with envy.
What does “Dressed Behavior” mean?
Dressed Behavior is actually a play on words. It’s a combination of “Best Dressed” and “Best Behavior.” One year I had a birthday party and on the invitation, I encouraged guests to “be on their Dressed Behavior,” and it kind of just stuck.
What kind of man can rock a bow tie?
ANY man that has confidence in his look can rock a bow tie. There is no specific type of man. Swagger is the ONLY requirement.
Who are your fashion icons?
That’s a hard one! I have so many people that I consider icons in terms of fashion. I love the classic looks of an earlier period, so I always lean to Cary Grant and Jackie O for inspiration. However, I’m also young, so I view artists such as Beyonce and Kanye West as style mavens of the new school. Then there are those designers, Ralph Lauren, Yves St. Laurent, Marc Jacobs, McQueen. I could really go on for days, but you get the picture.
How would you describe your personal style?
I would describe my personal style as a perfect blend of classic and urban: boots and blazers, bow ties and ball caps, etc. I don’t like to be predictable. I love to refer to those two totally different fashion houses to merge one look that makes up my own personal grandeur.
When/how did you fall in love with fashion?
I fell in love with fashion at an early age. My parents are fashionistas, so I’ve had my share of exposure through them. While they dressed me, I still always had input about the threads I’d wear. I can remember around the age of 10 being more excited for clothes and shoes around Christmas as opposed to toys. I think it’s safe to say that my love for fashion was an inherited trait.
What did you want to be when you were a child?
When I was a child, I recall wanting to be the standard, go-to career choice: a doctor, lawyer, fireman, astronaut. I had no clue, I was just living life. A life of no worries.
Any fashion tips you can offer for men? What about for women?
A general tip that I’d offer to all is learning how to dress for your body type. Everyone has a flattering trait about them and needs to learn to accent it. I have a saying, “Just because it zips, doesn’t mean it fits!” However, just because you’re not a size 34 (men) or 2 (women), doesn’t mean you can’t still be fashionable and stylish.
What’s the one must-have any man/woman needs in his/her closet?
This is an easy one. I encourage every man to have a CRISP, white, button-down shirt. They’re so versatile and can be worn casually as well as in a formal setting. For women, you MUST own a little black dress. Not too little, but one that is acceptable in various settings.
I’m bored with my look. How can I get on my best Dressed Behavior and change it up?
Well, the best way to do that would be to hire me! – shameless plug. However, the best advice is to step outside of the box. Don’t be conformed to a particular style. Read up on trends and find new things that you are willing to try. Trust me, life is so much better when you’re on your Dressed Behavior!
Category: The Spotlight
About the Author (Author Profile)
Angie Fenton is Managing Editor of The Voice-Tribune, a Blue Equity company. She is also an entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s new morning show, “Great Day Live!”, which debuted August 22 on Louisville’s ABC affiliate. Additionally, Angie is an entertainment correspondent for the Saturday Morning Show with Ron ‘n’ Mel Fisher on 84WHAS (840 AM) and has served in the same capacity for Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks; Breeders’ Cup; and Circuit of the Americas during the Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix in November 2012. Angie also serves as an emcee, host, voiceover professional and on-camera commercial talent.
Angie has a bachelor’s and master’s in English from Central Michigan University and began her career as an adjunct professor at her alma mater. She is the youngest of five — four of whom were adopted, including Angie, and none of whom are biologically related. She is also a Michigan native who moved to Kentucky in June 2002. Angie is owned by two dogs — Herbie and Yoda — and feels lucky to have loved and been loved by many more, including Pooch, Jessie, Onyx, Jack and Big Bud, who took his last breath on Christmas Day 2012.