Charlotte Magazine’s 2021 Spring Fashion Preview: Get Dressed!

On the heels of 2020, three of the city’s top stylists weigh in on pandemic fashion, timeless style, and what’s next for the clothing industry
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Photographs by CHRIS EDWARDS


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Top Image: Zimmerman Poppy Relaxed Tie-Dye Pink Shirt, $595; Bottega Veneta Chocolate Spread Leather Quilted Mules, $880, Forward; Mother Superior Ripped Boyfriend Jeans, $350; Valentino Rockstud Round Shoulder Bag, $1350, Neiman Marcus, 704-442-7900; The Jen Collection Jewelry, (price upon request from stylist)

Personal Stylist: Kristin Heinrich

Age: 47

Originally from: Richmond, VA

Years living in Charlotte: 24

Years in fashion industry: 14

Celebrity fashion icon: Gwyneth Paltrow

Your individual style: Casual, relaxed, understated

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Fashion’s Calling

What’s the first fashion trend you had to have? Guess jeans.

If you had $5,000 to spend on one item, what would it be? A Dior saddle bag in matte black with an embroidered shoulder strap.

Biggest misconception about being a stylist? People assume a stylist dresses people for red carpet events and TV appearances. A personal stylist can be hired by anyone who wants assistance in elevating their wardrobe. It’s similar to hiring an interior designer!

Besides personal shopping and special events styling, you also provide closet edits. What’s the most unique item you’ve seen from a closet edit? It seems every client has something tucked back in the farthest corner of their closet with sentimental value that they will never part with—a prom dress, wedding gown, a grandmother’s mink coat … I love to hear about these family heirlooms and memories.

What’s your signature color or accessory? Prints.

How many pairs of shoes do you own? Not sure; maybe 50 pairs? I probably only wear 10%.

What’s one trend you hope to never see again? Velour tracksuits and low-rise jeans!

You’re moving and can only bring two items from your wardrobe. What would you take? My Nick Fouquet hat and my Jen Collection jewelry.

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Monse Plaid Wrap Top, $1590, Coplon’s, 704-643-1113; The Row Black Pants, $995; Saint Laurent Small Sac De Jour Leather Satchel, $2890, Neiman Marcus; Nicholas Kirkwood Metallic Silver Curved Heel Pump $750, Betty Lin San Francisco; The Jen Collection Jewelry, (price upon request from stylist)

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Hofmann Copenhagen Rika Print Dress, $540; Closed Brand Ezra Blazer, $535, Five One Five, 704-488-5725; Veronica Beard Shae Metallic Silver Strappy Heel, $495, Vermillion; Bottega Veneta Lavender & Silver Small Padded Cassette Bag, $2990, Forward; The Jen Collection Jewelry, (Price Upon Request From Stylist)

Fashion Forward

What did the industry learn—or unlearn—about fashion during the pandemic? People seem less inclined to spend as much money on clothing as they did before. There has been a lot more focus on buying essential items needed to survive during the pandemic. So many businesses have been negatively affected, including mine, because fashion has become an afterthought.

Trends for 2021: What’s in, what’s out? Sustainable fashion is in, environmental waste is out. The idea of “less is more” has become important to all responsible brands who are paying attention to both environmental and socio-economic aspects.

What’s one trend you’ll incorporate into your wardrobe in 2021? A new bag with a cool guitar strap is on my wish list.

Who is a fashion influencer you’ll watch in 2021? Olivia Palermo.

Timeless style: Name five basics to build your capsule wardrobe. A great all-season workhorse blazer; distressed, relaxed jeans; a cashmere sweater for layering; a puff-sleeved blouse, print or plain; and shoes (can’t choose just one!): great pumps, versatile booties, cool sneakers, a great slide and go mule.

The Tough Stuff

Scarves or bandanas? Scarves

Wide-leg or skinny jeans? Neither—relaxed or straight

Heels or flats? Heels if I have to. Otherwise definitely boots or sneakers!

Athleisure: Hard no or hell, yes? Yes!

Earth tones or neon? Earth tones

Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar? I rarely sit down long enough to look, but I like both!

Tie-dye or camo? Tie-dye

Bomber jacket or trenchcoat? Trenchcoat

Coco Chanel or Betsey Johnson? Chanel

Trendy or timeless? Timeless is always on trend

Where to Shop in Charlotte if You’re Looking For…

Affordable fashion for 15- to 30-year- olds: Boem, Five One Five

Luxury brands: Capitol, Neiman Marcus

Vacation/resort wear: Poole Shop, Five One Five

Athleisure: Fit Atelier, Well Kept In Davidson

Purses and handbags: Neiman Marcus, Capitol

Denim: Five One Five, Coplon’s, Sloan

Swimwear: E. Martini

Consignment: JT Posh

Custom jewelry: The Jen Collection that I am a brand ambassador for

Conservative/chic/polished casual and business casual: Taylor, Richards, & Conger Women


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Wardrobe Stylist: Stacee Michelle

Age: 34

Originally from: Seattle, WA

Years living in Charlotte: 14

Years in fashion industry: 12

Celebrity fashion icon: Michelle Obama

Your individual style: Classic with an edge

Fashion’s Calling

Fashion stylist, wardrobe stylist, or personal stylist: What’s the difference? Fashion stylist and wardrobe stylist are often used interchangeably. The former includes editorial, commercial, and celebrity clients, while the latter would refer to television and e-commerce styling. A personal stylist is for anyone in need of personal shopping and wardrobe edits.

You’re a local Fashion Insider for Goodwill. What’s the best item you’ve ever found from one of the local stores? Recently at the GW Boutique I snagged a pair of Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee boots. They retail for several hundreds of dollars, and I scored them for less than $10!

You’re moving and can only bring two items from your wardrobe. What would you take? My black leather jacket and black leather boots.

What’s your signature color or accessory? I rarely remove my silver necklace, which has been dipped in Tiffany blue enamel.

What’s the first fashion trend you had to have? I wanted a pair of flare jeans so bad that I cut the side of my straight leg jeans so that they flared over my shoes.

If you had $5,000 to spend on one item, what would it be? A weekend getaway … somewhere with a beautiful view and awesome accommodations.

How many pairs of shoes do you own? I have roughly 20 pairs of shoes, of which I wear about five.

Biggest misconception about being a stylist? We only service celebrities and the wealthy. Investing in a stylist, even for a short period of time, is a great benefit if you need help identifying your personal style or simply want a second opinion.

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Blomma Michelle Ruffle Sleeve Top, $120; Blomma Jade Wide Leg Pants, $150, Agua Bendita, Bottega Veneta Rubber Lido Flat Sandals, $760, Neiman Marcus; Chain Link Bracelet, $32, KK Bloom; Necklace, Tiffany & Co.

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Unisex Loungewear Set, $130, Ecru; White Multi Pocket Belt Bag, $40, Uniquely She; Santoni Clean Icon Tonal Low-top Sneakers, $550, Taylor Richards & Conger, 704-366-9092; Necklace, Tiffany & Co.

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Tucked Bustier Top With Sleeves, $595, Alexander Wang; Moussy Vintage Viola Ripped Wide Straight Leg Jeans, $350, Nordstrom, nordstrom.com; Chain Link Bracelet, $32, KK Bloom; Necklace, Tiffany & Co.

Fashion Forward

What did consumers learn—or unlearn—about fashion during the pandemic? People realized they have too many unnecessary things. Most of us could probably count the outfit variations we wore in 2020 on one hand.

Sustainable fashion: What is it and where do we find it? Sustainable fashion is about so much more than fabrics. There are some emerging brands that are offering recycled apparel, which is really cool. When you view clothing as disposable (fast fashion), it means you will probably do just that after a couple of wears. Rather than trashing your old clothes, consider donating them to a nonprofit organization. Look for natural fabrics like cotton, wool, linen, and silk versus materials like polyester, acrylic, and nylon. Apparel in these materials may be a little more expensive but will last longer. Support local creators and designers so there is less waste in shipping and transportation, which is costly to the environment. Buy thrifted or secondhand to keep clothing out of landfills.

Trends for 2021: What’s in, what’s out? What’s In: Show a little skin with a bralette top and blazer or wear sequin pants just because it’s Tuesday. Yellow is the color of the year and also the color of a caution sign—it’s not for everyone. I suggest trying colors like burnt coral, raspberry sorbet, and French blue to refresh your spring wardrobe. What’s Out: Nothing is off of the table, I say wear what makes you feel good.

What’s one trend you’ll incorporate into your wardrobe in 2021? The corset trend is a winner for me. It’s a fun way to add Bridgerton vibes to a casual outfit. No matter your size, a corset will give you a flattering waistline.

Who is a fashion influencer you’ll watch in 2021? Elaine Welteroth, editor-in-chief at Teen Vogue, author, and now one of the newest hosts on The Talk.

Who is a fashion influencer you’ll watch in 2021? Jade Sky Boutique.

Timeless style: Name five basics to build your capsule wardrobe. This works for males or females and creates five outfits (six if you wear your leather all the way zipped like a shirt): medium to dark wash denim jeans; black leather jacket; denim button-up; white T-shirt; and white tennis shoes.

The Tough Stuff

Scarves or bandanas? Bandanas

Wide-leg or skinny jeans? Skinny jeans

Heels or flats? Flats

Earth tones or neon? Earth tones

Athleisure: Hard no or hell, yes? Hell, yes!

Project Runway or Next In Fashion? Project Runway

Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar? Harper’s Bazaar

Tie-dye or camo? Camo

Trendy or timeless? Timeless

Where to Shop in Charlotte If You’re Looking For…

Affordable fashion for 15- to 30-year- olds: Vestique, Captivate

Luxury brands: Coplon’s

Athleisure: RaiSpire Lifestyle

Purses and handbags: Neiman Marcus

Denim: Uniquities

Bridal: Hayden Olivia Bridal

Swimwear: Everything But Water

Custom jewelry and decor: Rustic Aura

Consignment: Nouveaux Ladies’ Luxury Consignment

Fashion forward: Jade Sky Boutique

Casual T-shirts: Boem

Everyday accessories: KK Bloom

Custom apparel design: Tara Davis

Casual dresses: Monkee’s of Charlotte

Face masks: 704 Shop


Wardrobe Stylist: Sarah Walker

Age: 34

Originally from: Decatur, AL

Years living in Charlotte: 7

Years in fashion industry: 15

Celebrity fashion icon: Gwyneth Paltrow

Your individual style: Timeless, sophisticated, approachable, functional, sensible

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Fashion’s Calling

What’s your signature color or accessory? All shades of white. Rain or shine, summer or winter. It just makes me feel bright and fresh.

How many pairs of shoes do you own? What is the percentage that you wear? Oh gosh, I don’t know. 50ish pairs and I’d say I wear 90% of them!

You’re moving and can only bring two items from your wardrobe. What would you take? My white Gitman Brothers oxford shirt from TABOR—a closet hero!— and my boyfriend jeans.

Besides personal shopping and closet edits, you also assist with destination packing. What’s your dream vacation outfit? If I am planning, it will be somewhere warm. All that’s coming in my suitcase: caftans, bathing suits, sandals, and sunglasses.

What’s the first fashion trend you had to have? Tube tops and low-rise jeans.

Biggest misconception about being a stylist? Styling is not about chasing what’s trending or morphing my clients into being fashionistas. My approach starts with creating closets that honor and empower my client. It’s about making getting dressed every day uncomplicated.

If you had $5,000 to spend on one item, what would it be? A piece of jewelry or handbag.

What’s one trend you hope to never see again? Tube tops and low-rise jeans.

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Dorothee Schumacher Shine Blouse, $450, Hampden Clothing; Partow High-waisted Flare-leg Pants, $1595, Capitol, 704-366-0388; Alexandre Birman Clarita Sandal, (Stylist’s Own); Paperclip Necklace; Drop Pendant Necklace With Diamond, (Prices Upon Request), Tiny Gods; Eye Pendant Necklace, (Price Upon Request), Carol Kauffmann

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Martin Grant Belted Striped Cotton Midi Shirt Dress, $925, Capitol, 704-366-0388; Joseph Pleated Rib Swinton Skirt, $475, Showroom; Alexandre Birman Vicky Sandal, $625, Hampden Clothing; Rings And Bracelets, Love Thy Rival; Harwell Godfrey, (Prices Upon Request)

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Rachel Comey Light Blue Fond Blouse, $475; Emme Parsons Snake Print Tobias Sandal, $455, Hampden Clothing, hampdenclothing.com; Mother The Tomcat Roller Finale Jeans, $238, Poole Shop, 704-553-8868

Fashion Forward

What did the industry learn—or unlearn— about fashion during the pandemic? I think the fashion industry learned and is still learning the same things we all are learning right now as a society—nothing is certain and doing things ‘status quo’ isn’t going to work anymore. COVID has impacted every aspect of the clothing world, from the production cycle to what consumers are buying. The industry and its consumers are learning to
be more thoughtful, which is actually a very positive thing.

Who is a fashion influencer you’ll watch in 2021? Karen Blanchard.

Trends for 2021: What’s in, what’s out? Getting dressed is in. Getting dressed in sweats is out!

What’s your favorite fashion designer or brand to follow on social media? So many! If I have to choose one—Jacquemus.

What’s one trend you’ll incorporate into your wardrobe in 2021? The high waist flare trouser—whether it’s in denim or another fabric. It’s very ’70s, a decade that I often draw fashion inspiration from.

Sustainable fashion: What is it and where do we find it? Sustainable fashion is clothing designed and produced in a way that doesn’t harm our big beautiful planet. I believe sustainable fashion also means being a more conscious consumer and debunking the ‘fast fashion’ ways of mindless consumption. SHOWROOM, headquartered in the Queen City, only works with brands that practice mindful manufacturing. Their selection of sustainable clothing is stellar.

Timeless style: Name five basics to build your capsule wardrobe. A good pair of denim, a quality white tee, a simple structured blazer, a pair of sneakers, and a strappy pair of heels.

The Tough Stuff

Scarves or bandanas? Scarves

Wide-leg or skinny jeans? Wide-leg

Heels or flats? Heels

Athleisure: Hard no or hell, yes? Hard no!

Earth tones or neon? Earth tones

Project Runway or Next In Fashion? Next In Fashion

Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar? Vogue

Tie-dye or camo? I’m a Bama girl and the heart wants what it wants: camo

Bomber jacket or trenchcoat? Trenchcoat

Coco Chanel or Betsey Johnson? Coco Chanel

Trendy or timeless? Timeless

Where to Shop in Charlotte if You’re Looking For…

Affordable fashion for 15- to 30-year- olds: Monkee’s of Charlotte

Luxury brands: Capitol

Vacation/resort wear: Poole Shop

Athleisure: Athleisure is officially sold out in Charlotte … just kidding, but seriously, it’s time to get dressed again, folks!

Purses and handbags: Capitol

Denim: Poole Shop

Swimwear: E. Martini

Bridal: Ladies of Lineage

Consignment: JT Posh

Custom jewelry: Mary Margaret Beaver at Tiny Gods

Menswear: TABOR

Face masks: For an “out and about” mask, I go to Five One Five. For a workout option, I love the face covering from Lumiton. The light therapy it delivers to the skin is a bonus.

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