Welcome back to our new series, “What’s in my…” This week we interviewed my favorite fashion friend, Beth Chapman of The White Dress by the shore. Beth’s sense of style is something that I have admired for a long time– long before I considered her one of my dearest friends! Beth opened up her closet (which is a treasure trove of vintage + new and unique pieces) and has shared some tips and tricks with us below. Prior to opening up her successful bridal boutique in Clinton, Connecticut, Beth was the Vice President of Ann Taylor and worked in Manhattan for many years. She’s parlayed her years of experience in the fashion industry into not only owning the best (and might we add, most beautiful) bridal store on the East Coast, but she has also added the role of Stylist to her resume. Hired by magazines across the country, she’s styled photoshoots for designers, editors and for her own personal project coming out in August– a book of her work as a stylist.
Some absolute fashion label staples in Beth’s closet include j.crew and kate spade for everything from skirts to jewelry. We asked Beth several questions and here’s what she had to share:
“It’s no secret that I love fashion and I love clothes! Unfortunately, Sandy brought a tree down on my bedroom and caused me to have to clear out my room and my closet last week. It made me realize just how many clothes I have!
I am fortunate to have two closets. One for each season.
I would define my personal style as classic with a “twist.” I hold onto classic pieces and love to mix them with trendy pieces. I wear an eclectic mix of designers. My go-to’s tend to be Kate Spade and J.Crew, but I have everything in my closet from Chanel to Target! The two things that you can always count on me wearing are- stacked bracelets (my kids love that they can hear me coming) and my signature scent by YSL, “Paris”, which I’ve been wearing since high school.”
Beth’s newest fashion obsession is lace. We love it too! It’s so feminine and can be paired with just about anything for a day or night look. She picked up this adorable little mini lace shorts from madewell recently and the dress pictured is custom designed by ivy & aster, a fantastic designer that Beth carries in her store.
Beth’s also in love with the color of the season: marigold. Because it isn’t the best choice for her complextion, she uses the color in her accessories, like the shoes from madewell and the necklace from Aquinnah.
We know you love Beth’s style as much as we do! We highly recommend that if you are a bride-to-be that you visit The White Dress by the shore which is not just a bridal boutique, but a collection of curated looks chosen by Beth herself. Beth also has a wonderful blog for her store, covering all things bridal and inspirational for your wedding day fashion. Each month, she produces an amazing newsletter and features one fashion shoot that she’s styled in her Musings of a Stylist series. We highly recommend you subscribe to all!
Thank you so much Beth for taking the time out to share with our readers what’s inside your closet. Next week we have a special blog post from our stylish friend Nichole Michel of Coral Pheasant. Happy weekend! xo