Ready to Anywear
Stylist Evyan Metzner helps writer Amy Oringel take her fashion sense up a notch at Bubble & Tweet.
photos by (top) Rana Faure, (bottom) Pam Hanson
I’m a casual person, sometimes to a fault. I was raised in North Salem back when the nearest Benetton was an hour away, and both the Stamford and Westchester malls were sitting dormant in some enterprising person’s imagination. Same for the Internet. With such limited shopping options, clothes often fell below “Reread Encyclopedia Volumes F-M” on my to-do list.
This care-free approach to fashion has served me well, and, as a Bedford mom, I relish the vibe here where I can go to the post office without feeling the need to “dress.” But I also abuse it. I regularly leave my house in the college sweatshirt I stole from some guy’s friend. All my yoga pants are from Target. I’ve worn socks with sandals. But with all the faux pas, I still believe it would be easy to look fabulously put-together without much effort. I want to kick it up a notch. And there’s no one better to help me than my friend Evyan.
A long-time fashion industry veteran, Bedford’s own Evyan Metzner has worked for and with the boldest-face names in magazines, photography, and entertainment (Madonna? Check.). But it’s no surprise she and her husband chose to raise their daughters here, slightly away from the hubbub. Evyan defies the stereotype of the style trade with her kindness, warmth, and ease. But for this, I wanted her critical eye.
I had a simple premise in mind. What if one day I had three events: a meeting with the principal in the morning, a charity luncheon, and finally an office cocktail party, but I couldn’t go home in between? Shopping only in local stores and wearing my best Gap jeans as the base, we set out to light a fire under my wardrobe (and potentially light fire to my current one).
Right in Bedford Village, Bubble & Tweet packs in a ton of wearable, comfortable pieces and accessories. To achieve the morning look, Evyan recommended throwing on a Free People indigo quilted jacket and scarf (mornings obviously being the chilliest time of day). My slouchy brown leather hobo bag was replaced with an embroidered clutch that looked like the older, wiser sister of one I bought in college, and a long stone necklace replaced, well, nothing. And while I typically swap out my fuzzy slippers for Toms, Evyan picked out a neutral suede slip-on to complete the picture.
For the mid-day outfit, we headed to The Preppy Turtle in Bedford Hills, a local consignment shop. Shopping here is a bargain-hunter’s paradise, with better brand pieces to fit all body types and owner Ann Hardy completely immersed in helping out. The choices here were plentiful. But a Tory Burch tunic that looked like a hit actually hit me in all the wrong places, and a J. Crew plaid oxford looked too much like my normal dressed-down self (I bought it anyway). Instead, Evyan paired a Joie silky-striped oversize T-shirt with orange flats. For bags, it was an embarrassment of riches of multiple tan totes.
Next, it was on to Mount Kisco’s Churchills (not to be confused with the nearby restaurant Winston’s) for the final selections of the day. For the most dressy occasion on the schedule, Evyan really forced me out of my comfort zone. Insisting that cotton was only for daytime, she selected a sheer, blousy gray top with subtle embellishments on the shoulders. A snakeskin belt was added to mix up the textures, and a heeled leather bootie lengthened the leg (something my Birkenstocks likely fail to accomplish).
While my uniform of UGGs and North Face will be hard to give up, my departing flight from Frumpdom, USA, shows no signs of landing. Evyan gave me an education I will carry with me every time I enter a store or my own closet. And I don’t need to venture far to bring it to life. A stranger at Bloomingdale’s greets you by waving a fragrance of honeysuckle mixed with high-fructose corn syrup. Bubble & Tweet owner Julie Zegras asks about my kids. When shopping locally, everyone comes out smelling great.
WHO’S THAT GIRL? Bedford’s Evyan Metzner is a fashion and celebrity stylist who has lent her formidable styling skills to periodicals like Self, Vanity Fair, and Vogue, to advertising campaigns for Kate Spade and Target, and has styled celebrities from Kate Hudson to Paul Newman.