Guest Blogger: ‘What Dress Code?’s Liz McAvoy

Posted on August 24th, 2013 No Comments

Earlier this month, What Dress Code?’s Liz McAvoy singled out her well-priced summer picks from tribal-print maxis to breezy rompers to help you brave the blazing temps on her Guest Scouter Post. Now get to know the Arlington-based blogger who regularly chronicles cheap-chic outfits and her style inspirations.

Describe your style in three words.
Eclectic. Edgy. Comfortable.

What influences your style?
I don’t make the sort of big bucks that allow me to purchase the newest best thing every time, so I’ve mastered the art of integrating old, new and rediscovered all into one varied wardrobe. I also draw inspiration from art. Its color schemes and textures give me new ideas.

Who’s your current style muse?
I’d say Emma Watson — her ability to mix and match looks that are at times edgy, preppy and utterly romantic is such an inspiration for me to keep my looks varied and exciting.

Fashion favorites?
For now, all monochromatic outfits. Also, anything leather, bright accent pieces and delicate gold jewelry.

Fashion pet peeve?
I’m not a fan of all the nail art business going on these days — I prefer a clean-cut mani in pretty much any color. The prints and stick-ons just don’t do it for me.

Favorite places to shop around town?
I repeatedly return to South Moon Under in Clarendon (I grew up shopping at their stores in Baltimore and Rehoboth). I also love Urban Chic for fancy finds, Lou Lou for baubles, Miss Pixie’s and Second Chance (in Baltimore) for distinctive décor and Eastern Market for all cool jewelry scores.

Go-to brands?
J.Crew, ASOS, Splendid and Zara.

Fill in the blank: I can’t live without my _______.
Vintage jewelry. Most of the items I own aren’t necessarily super high-end, but they’re conversation starters.

Any style advice for our readers?
When you’re feeling at a loss with your closet, try digging up an item you haven’t worn in a while and focus on that piece — then style an outfit around it. Also, if you’ve been eyeing something for a long time, just buy it — even if it’s a little outside of your price range. I’ve forgone these purchases too many times and always regret it.

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