What's your secret?
Some city dwellers manage to look put together no matter where they’re going.
It’s not one of life’s big questions. Or is it? How do some people manage to look so well groomed — even when they’re wearing jeans or other casual wear? Tired of simply wondering, we stationed ourselves in the Back Bay and ambushed the neat among us just in time for fall wardrobe planning. Among their secrets: No matter how casual your outfit, iron it, make sure it fits, and accessorize. Do your hair, your nails, and your lips even when you think it doesn’t matter. And never bring down a nice outfit with bad shoes. People do notice.
NANCY PULEO, 36
Brookline / attorney
>“Sometimes my whole outfit is about the shoes. A simple black dress with a great pair of shoes is a way to add spice to an otherwise boring professional outfit. But you can also ruin an outfit with the wrong shoes. “
ALESHA GUNN, 30
Dorchester / film editor
>“Don’t be afraid to wear something. People are so concerned about others’ opinions. It holds them back. I like to mix prints. I’m wearing horses and stripes.”
SYLVIA EASH, 34
Brookline / licensing manager
>“I like to buy clothes that look very clean and streamlined and then accessorize. I have crazy gold shoes. Looking good is about buying clothing that fits. Someone once told me my sweater looked “comfy.” I never wore it again. It’s not a comforter.”
MARKESE SHARPE, 21
Brookline / sales associate at Saks Fifth Avenue
>“When I’m getting dressed, I think, ‘How do I want people to view me?’ Today I wanted to look clean-cut and approachable. Colors and prints give off an aura that someone can approach you, versus wearing all black.”