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Fall fashion: Grace Vandecruze-Heylinger

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Grace Vandecruze-Heyliger is head of her own consulting firm, Grace Global Capital LLC, and will present a Worth New York trunk show Nov. 2-8 at The Dressmaker's Closet.

What three words describe your fashion style?

Modern classic, elegant and timeless. I believe your fashion style is understanding who you are at your core and allowing that to resonate. It's reflected in how you carry yourself and is not restricted or defined by labels. This is why I love feminine clothes that fit me well and suit my lifestyle and personality.

What's your favorite fall piece?

The ladylike suit is authoritative, feminine and possibly is the most versatile piece in my wardrobe. It can be dressed with the appropriate accessories to evening functions.

Did you buy something new to update your fall wardrobe?

A beautiful red dress. I loved it because of the design and fabric, but most important the color red is a new neutral.

What are your signature accessories?

A strand of pearls. I feel comfortable wearing pearls when I'm suited or in jeans.

What piece did you splurge on?

A designer burgundy pump, which is a versatile with many colors in my wardrobe.

What item in your closet would you never part with?

White-tailored cotton shirt. It goes from season to season, jeans to black tie, and is classic and fabulous.

What would you never wear?

Flip-flops! They are uncomfortable, harmful to your feet and belong in the fashion graveyard beside the ripped jeans.

Do you buy anything in bulk?

T-shirts. T-shirts can serve as foundation pieces. They come in different colors, comfortable and can be mixed and matched with a number of different pieces.

What's your favorite color or color combination?

I love using black or white as a foundation color and combining it with a pop of color.

Do you have a favorite designer or style icon?

My favorite style icon is Coco Chanel, who stated that a girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.

What's are your priorities in picking clothes?

Fit, value and style.

What's your weekday go-to look?

Various skirt and pants suits from Worth New York.

Do you have a personal styling trick?

A great fit and a great accessory such as a scarf and a belt will do wonders to an outfit.

What's your favorite evening look?

The classic black dress. Simple but elegant and will go from season to season.


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