She’s Got Style
LISA WHITE ~ UNITED STATES
This week’s She’s Got Style global fashionista is a very special lady. Not only is her style magazine cover worthy, the story of what inspires her and how she creates such captivating looks is something to be emulated.
Lisa White epitomizes all that is chic and glamorous and fortunately for us, she share her tips and insight on fashion, shopping, beauty and life.
FCO50: Describe your personal style.
LISA: My personal style leans toward dramatic. It is an outward expression of the creative core of my personality. I was exposed to the arts and the creative process early in my life and was encouraged in all of my artistic endeavors.
I discovered that each facet of art has its own language and set of tools. It is a matter of mastering and experimenting with them that lead to discovering ones inner self. I approach the art of styling myself as I would approach any other form of creative self-expression.
“Je répondrai” is my life’s motto as I attempt to elevate the moments in my life! My style is one facet of that response.
FCO50: Where do you find fashion inspiration?
LISA: Art and nature have always been sources of inspiration. The shapes and colors in nature are infinite. The art of Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keefe, Vincent Van Gogh, Gustav Klimt, HOKUSAI, and the Art Deco designs of Erte have penetrated my creative vision.
The long, elegant silhouettes of Erte, the kimonos and shapes in HOKUSAI, the swirling colors of Van Gogh, the dramatic gold encrusted paintings found in a Klimt painting, the bold colors and accessories of Frida Kahlo, and the stark drama and larger than life work of O’Keefe have strongly affected my creative responses. All of these artists have contributed their genius toward channeling and directing my creative thought.
FCO50: Your looks are truly unique and glamorous. Take us through your steps on creating a look.
LISA: Above are my beloved paper dolls of Erte’s fashions from the Art Deco Period. I loved the silhouettes and shapes from that period of time. The first step is recognizing the overall silhouette that I am looking to achieve. I was fortunate to have found that critical first step over 30 years ago when I discovered Erte and and through these paper dolls.
I have been refining and playing with those shapes and lines ever since. After the silhouette, I look at the shapes and proportions. Analyzing the shapes the elements within those shapes (i.e. fluidity, drape, length, dressmaker details) to provide the the 1/3 to 2/3 proportion I wish to achieve is the next step. I am petite, halfway between 5’2” and 5’3” in height. My legs are longer and my middle shorter. In fact, my waistline is practically non-existent.
Scheduling closet play dates is critical. Lisa
FCO50: Do you have any styling tips for women who want to define their waistline?
LISA: It is through the smoke and mirrors styling play that gives me the illusion of a waist line. The high waist, wide leg pants with a cropped top floating over them are the magician’s trick towards the look of having a waist. The 1/3rd to 2/3rd silhouette gives me a look of greater length. My top knot add another three inches and the wedge/platform shoes another three to four inches.
FCO50: Since you are petite, can you share any styling tips to looking taller?
LISA: I found that arch support is more important than heel height and I love platforms. The look my lovely liquid pants that seem to flow over them gives to me is one of graceful fluidity. I feel like a lovely flower on a stalk. Since, they are comfortable, I can wear and walk in them all day! I can play with the 1/3 to 2/3 proportion to provide different looks.
Cinching an obi belt or sash higher on my waist and/or wearing a longer tunic so the 2/3 shape is on top and the 1/3 shape peeking out underneath. I can also wear one long color column and frame it with another color piece in either proportion. The easiest solution is a maxi dress!
FCO50: What tips can you share with us on creating a signature look?
LISA: Identifying the overall silhouette and shapes that suit your personality and figure are the most important steps. Knowing what you truly love and the pieces that draw you to them are good ways to find your style preferences. Creating collages or inspiration boards would be useful for those starting out. Scheduling closet play dates is critical.
Mixing up the usual outfit formulas with pieces you have not worn in awhile and adding different pieces of your vast collection of accessories (or at least growing collection) may offer new style discoveries.
Always, style a new piece with your other wardrobe pieces as soon as possible. Ask WHAT IF? Document your outfits that you have created with a picture. Post it on Instagram for future reference or just take a picture and keep it in a file, notebook or on your closet door! Have FUN with style!
FCO50: Do you have some favorite designers or stores?
LISA: I have several! When my career as a teacher came to a conclusion, my style fund was greatly reduced. I could not longer stroll through Neiman Marcus and choose a special piece without regard to cost. Those days ended. Now I mix my high end pieces with a variety of fabulous pieces I find from all over. The RealReal Consignment shop is a favorite source. I can still satisfy my love for high-end pieces at a price that I can afford. The Vestaire Collective is also a consignment site operating out of Paris. Another source is eBay. I have found many fine pieces there…mostly Issey Miyake!
Cyber shopping at high-end sites is another favorite past-time. I fill my shopping cart with all the pieces that I adore at the beginning of each season. There they sit… and sit… until the sales at the end of the season begin. I usually wait until the second price reduction before I make a purchase. If the piece is STILL available in my size and the price within my price-point… I may bring it home. Patience adds to ones wardrobe in many ways!
Gilt, Nordstrom Rack, and Last Call have also made their contributions to my wardrobe. I do not hesitate to purchase pieces from Zara. I have had very good luck with their pieces and their new NOMAD Collection is incredible.
Document your outfits that you have created with a picture. Post it on Instagram for future reference or just take a picture and keep it in a file, notebook or on your closet door! Lisa
FCO50: What products do you use on your face that keeps it fresh and looking polished?
LISA: Getting older is a privilege, but women embrace the “look” of aging in different ways according to their comfort zone. I have always worn sunblock and wide brim hats after I was informed in my early twenties that sunbathing was not good for the complexion after all. I avoided cigarettes, drugs and consumed alcohol sparingly. I drink a lot of water and maintain a low fat diet. I take my calcium vitamins!
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As far as skin care products I am currently loving I would be the Tatcha Skin Care line. The Tatcha Classic Rice Enzyme Powder and Silk cream are my favorites.
I love the BeautyBlender as I am able to add luminosity in subtle layers to my finished look. I use a wide range of makeup products, but find that the primers: Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch (my spackle), the color correctors: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (green) to offset the redness and the foundation:
Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous Foundation used together really provide a beautiful base to achieve my best look.
To shop Lisa’s Beauty favorites, click on the text links (pink) or the product photos below.
As for age, Lisa’s brilliant response was one we should all embrace.
“I am as old as the last poem I read, the age of a favorite passage of music, the time the story I am reading unfolds. I walk through time and have little use for numbers. I am a woman of a certain age that has spent at least five decades walking through several centuries!”
To follow Lisa on her fashion adventures, you’ll find her here:
Instagram ~ Frida In My Closet
Facebook ~ Following Frida & Other Style Stories
Our sincere thanks to this stylish lady for sharing her sage fashion, styling, beauty and wisdom on life. Lisa, you are one in a million!