Step into Cecile Blanco’s shoes, and you’ll get more than a great pair of stiletto boots―it’s a course in frugal fashion how-to.
Christmas is the one time of year when most women have a chance to dress up, but it’s nearly impossible to think about ourselves with all of the holiday scrambling. This year I say take time to treat yourself! And to keep things fun, I tracked down a professional stylist to share the scoop she usually saves for clients.
Cecile Blanco is the perfect person to chat up about style―her roots make her effortlessly chic. “I’m a Southern girl, too,
you know,” she explains in her South of France accent. She’s also a mother, wife, and working woman whose mantra is “down-to-earth
solutions for style emergencies.” It’s not just about the clothes though. Her other mantra resonates even more: “Looking your
best is a great shortcut to feeling better on a bad day.”
Here she offers her specialty: one full day of shopping with a clear sense of self on a tight budget.
Cecile Blanco dashes from her Atlanta home to consult clients.
Cecile collaborates with the owner of James Madison Salon.
The stylist explains how to use eye color to guide clothing color choices.
She uses a point system to prevent overaccessorizing. Each eye-arresting feature earns a point, and you should never exceed 10 points.
Mix interesting accessories with a solid black dress for a fresh look.
After I complete a personal style assessment, she takes me on a day of dashing from boutiques to bargain stores to a hair salon. Energy bars are needed to make it through our fast-paced schedule. Cecile coaches constantly―pointing out flattering garment cuts, suggesting accessories to complement facial features, and using eye color as a guide to fabric color selections. These new shopping guidelines give me a huge confidence boost. They help me feel like I’m making expert choices. It’s fun to feel so intelligent while shopping.
Cost of garment = Total cost paid / anticipated number of wears