Melissa Carr – Owner, Gather Gallery
Spring is Carr's favorite season, so when it finally arrives, she embraces it with all things feminine: "I'm a definite skirt wearer," she says. The other important aspect of her wardrobe: Layering. "You never know what spring weather will bring," she explains. She finds herself wearing lots of light sweaters: "Last year I wore this one white, long linen duster — I could put on a tank, put the duster on top and go." Carr pairs her signature cowboy boots with almost any outfit: "I wear them because I'm out in the country," she says. "They're comfortable and practical, but they're also kind of funky and fun."
Beauty tip: Carr depends on hairstylist Ken Langston of Austin's Salon and Day Spa to keep her tresses stylish: "He's been cutting my hair for 18 years," she says. She also loves Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer.
Kate Horne – Director, Metro Space Gallery
Come spring, Kate Horne abandons restrictive clothing and focuses on dresses and skirts: "I love that classic '50s look." She favors vintage dresses with flowing skirts and classic cuts and loves shopping at Cache. "If you've got a bodacious backside, they can cover it and make it look great," she says with a laugh. For shoes, Horne prefers sandals with sparkly jewels: "I'll wear them with anything. It doesn't matter." Aldo is one of her favorite spots for bling-covered heels that don't hurt her feet. Many of Horne's looks are inspired by her Richmond style icon, Pam Reynolds, and she often offsets outfits with one standout piece that doesn't quite match, like a Native-American-inspired scarf or Western handkerchief tied around her neck. Horne rides horses and loves adding equestrian elements to her outfits for a high-fashion-meets-slightly-offbeat look. She also loves local designer Amy Cunningham's [checking name] artistically-patterned clothing (pictured) and jewelry: "It looks do-it-yourself but professional." Horne's creativity extends beyond managing Metro Space — she makes her own jewelry, too.
Beauty tip: "Let beauty roll from your lips," Horne advises. "This act makes for a gorgeous woman. Engage in positive behavior, talk and activity. It is the true Southern way."
Lucretia Jones – Owner, House of Lukaya
When Jones comes down with spring fever, she pulls out dresses with classic silhouettes and "odd prints," many of which she makes herself. "We're making '50s- and '60's-inspired sundresses this season." She also enjoys mixing proportions by wearing a roomy top with little shorts. "I love floaty skirts and dresses with slim jeans or leggings," she says. "You can look girly and still be functional." She also loves wrap skirts in earth tones with batik prints from India paired with tank tops (she'll be selling skirts from India this summer). "What's also cool about spring," she adds, "is getting to layer and change up an outfit as the weather changes throughout the day."
Beauty tip: To prep her skin, Jones uses House of Lukaya Fresh face scrub and Buttah hair moisturizer. Her favorite makeup products are Urban Decay eye glitter in gold and purple; Burt's Bees tinted lip gloss; and Honeybee Gardens water-based nail polish, because it doesn't smell.
Ashley Kistler – Director, Anderson Gallery
Kistler describes her style as relaxed. "I can't stand tailored things," she says. "I like to look relaxed and easy, but hopefully with some sense of style." She alternates between pants, skirts and dresses, and particularly loves the Babette line sold at The Phoenix. "Wrinkles have been imprinted in the clothing," she says. "They're just easy clothes." Kistler almost always accents her ensembles with her collection of Native American jewelry, which includes lots of bracelets and turquoise. One favorite piece is a heavy sand-cast silver Navajo bracelet her sister gave her years ago — she wears it almost every day.
Beauty tip: Kistler depends on yoga classes from Yoga Source to stay in shape and feel great.
Beverly Reynolds – Owner, Reynolds Gallery
You might find Reynolds in solids throughout fall and winter, but come spring, she embraces patterns. "During fall and winter, I never really wear stripes or plaids, so it's always a surprise when I pull out floral patterns in spring," she says, adding that her wardrobe essential is the dress. "I like the ease of just putting on one piece … It's just this really light feeling after you've had on all those heavy sweaters." She sticks with light fabric cottons, and has one favorite silk dress with a random floral pattern she bought for her daughter's engagement party. Most of her spring frocks get paired with simple flip-flops that are easy and comfortable.
Beauty tip: Reynolds tries to keep her makeup approach simple, but loves adding extra touches with bright pink lipstick and Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat highlighter.