Let's Talk Style

Ever wish you had a great personal stylist to guide your sartorial choices? Well, we have four of them for you. These local experts make their living helping us look polished. Heed their wise advice, and you’ll be less likely to have a wardrobe malfunction or be stuck in a clothing rut.



Sue Bahng

Owner of Ginger N’ Cream, Westwood

Who’s your all-time style icon?
Audrey Hepburn—I loved her classic elegance, strength, confidence and vulnerability. It may not sound original, but growing up, I used to love watching old movies, and I was captivated by their glamour and the escape. Your experiences as a child shape you as an adult.

Tell us about your personal style.
I love to be on trend, but in an age appropriate, subtle manner. I like classics with a twist—a little sensual, but not too sexy.

What’s your make-it-or-break-it statement piece?
Most of the time, it’s a new jean silhouette or the must-have shoe for the season. I also like to cycle older pieces with updated ones to get a fresh look.

When it comes to date night, what’s your favorite look?
Since most date nights are pretty casual—a dinner and a drink—I like to wear a sexy jean with a feminine blouse and a little heel. Voilà! You’re ready to enjoy the evening.

What’s your daily go-to outfit?
Jeans and a fun top paired with a cute bootie or slip-on sneaks. Since I’m running around all day, I like to be comfortable yet put together. When it gets really hot, I’m partial to one-pieces—a light jumpsuit is my favorite. Put it on and go!

As far as the all-important LBD, how can one dress it up or down for either daytime or evening?
A LBD can take you anywhere, and I believe a girl can never have too many of them. Because slip-on sneakers and mules are so on trend, pair them with a classic LBD shape along with a crossbody bag during the day. For the evening, simply change shoes, accessories and the bag. Put on a fabulous metallic heel, switch the bag shape to a clutch, add statement hoops and you’re ready for cocktails.

Lynn White

Owner of Sutton East, Wyckoff

Who’s your all-time style icon?
Coco Chanel—she influenced my views on fashion the most. On my 16th birthday, my mother gave me a string of pearls and a bottle of Chanel No. 5, and I’ve continued this tradition with my daughter and granddaughter. Coco is timeless.

What’s your make-it-or-break-it statement piece?
A piece that is made to last, like a tailored pair of pants made of quality fabric. Women go out and buy items from outlet stores that they have to replace after a few washes when they could just purchase a high-end piece that will last from 5 to 10 years.

Tell us about your personal style.
I am deeply influenced by Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn— their looks will be forever fashionable. Back in the ’50s, Audrey’s go-to casual outfit was a pair of slacks and a turtleneck, and you better believe this look still works today. That’s the kind of timeless style I emulate. I’ve been wearing the same strand of pearls for 60 years, and they are as fabulous as the day I got them.

What’s your daily go-to outfit?
One I can wear in a variety of situations, like a smart pant suit with a cashmere sweater. It’s a look that works for meetings, client consultations and a dinner out.

When it comes to date night, what’s your favorite look?
It all depends on where a woman is going. Out for dinner at a fancy restaurant? Staying in to watch a movie? It is all about how the outfit matches her mood and what makes her feel most sensual.

As far as the all-important LBD, how can one dress it up or down for either daytime or evening?
Every woman should have three LBDs in her closet, one for each season. She can wear the piece on its own for work, then dress it up with a strand of pearls. When it comes to accessorizing, less is more. A woman will most likely already have her hair and makeup done, so it’s already busy above the neck. Keep it simple yet suave with an elegant necklace.

Yansi Fugel

Designer of Tux Couture, Ridgewood

Who’s your all-time style icon?
My mother. She was always so put-together, dressed up and accessorized with lipstick that matched her outfit. One of my most beloved pieces is from her—a lamb leather clutch with a metal clasp and pockets made specifically for a woman’s lipstick and address book. It’s so indicative of the time, and it will always remind me of her. She always sewed my clothing with patterns of her own invention and taught me how to make my own.

What’s your make-it-or-break-it statement piece?
A black turtleneck—it’s classic yet subversive. You can pair it with jeans and a leather jacket, or even a sleek tux jacket with leather pants. It’s a timeless closet essential.

Tell us about your personal style. I approach style with a timeless attitude but try to stay current as well. I’m all about high-quality pieces with a minimalistic aesthetic—not needing a ton of items in my closet but being able to mix and match them well.

What’s your daily go-to outfit?
Something comfortable for a day in the studio! Comfort and movement are so important to me. I’ll usually throw on a skinny pant and oversize top with a pair of shoe boots. They are my go-to shoes—I have them in varying heights, styles and patterns.

When it comes to date night, what’s your favorite look?
It’s all about what you wear on top. You’ll most likely be sitting down to dinner or a movie, so dress up the top half of your body with a fun top and jewelry, and pair with skinny blank pants. Your choices should match your mood that night so you are your most confident self.

As far as the all-important LBD, how can one dress it up or down for either daytime or evening?
What about a little black tuxedo instead? Women love wearing pants but feel like they have to wear a dress to fancier occasions. A couture female tux is the best of both worlds. You can dress it down by wearing the silk-lined tux jacket with a white T-shirt and jeans and dress it up with bedazzled shoes and statement jewelry.

MaryAlice Farella

Owner of Society Men and Society Femme, Westwood​

Who’s your all-time style icon?
I am my own style icon. My mother taught me to wear styles that work best for me—I’m a curvy 6-feet tall —and I’ve embraced that for years. Everyone is a different height and shape, so dressing for yourself is key. It’s an art I often teach clients—it builds inner confidence, as many people stress over getting dressed. Recently, a client told me I am her “style secret weapon,” and I couldn’t be happier with a compliment like that!​

Tell us about your personal style.
It varies from day to day—one day, my mood may be chic, classic jeans with a cashmere sweater layered over a tank or under a fur vest with boots; on another day, I may be feeling edgy and mix a fitted black long sleeve tee with track striped joggers and a very cool Chanel sneaker. No matter what, I always need to be comfortable.​

What’s your make-it-or-break-it statement piece?
I have so many—my very favorite is the pair of canary & white diamond earrings my husband gave me on our wedding day. They can be worn casually with jeans and a tee shirt or formally with any cocktail or evening attire. Another daily favorite are a mix of bracelets I’ve collected through the years. Stacking and mixing them gives me an edgier look that can’t be duplicated.​

​When it comes to date night, what’s your favorite look?
A silk blouse, jeans, a great pair of shoes, statement jewelry and a good fur. I usually plot date night wears around a statement accessory like a favorite clutch or piece of jewelry.

What’s your daily go-to outfit?
Anything black paired with a scarf—that’s an essential you should never leave home without.​

​As far as the all-important LBD, how can one dress it up or down for either daytime or evening?
I love a little black dress paired with a boot and camo jacket for day. Change into a leather jacket and a heel or bootie for a sexier night look.

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