Madeworthy reached out to Samantha Stewart of Style of Sam and Frank Moss of Franklin & Anthony to talk about fashion and this year’s spring trends.
It’s no surprise these fashion experts chose Pantone’s 2022 color of the year, Very Peri, for their inspiration. Both hit the nail on the head, looking at once formidable and alluring. Samantha said to be on trend for spring, add bright colors, platform heels, preppy looks, micro miniskirts, and low-rise pants. She also warned not let trends dictate your entire look and to wear what works best for you.
Madeworthy: What role does fashion play in your life?
Franklin Moss: Fashion is the key part of my business. Being the owner of Franklin & Anthony Suit Company that helps create looks (suits, trousers, waistcoats, jeans and shirts from scratch) for clients’ daily life, as well as those needing suits for special occasions, allows me to use fashion to serve people, helping them mentally and physically with confidence and pride in themselves, like clothes have done for me in my past.
Samantha Stewart: I’ve always loved fashion and use it to express myself creatively and emotionally. My mantra “Dress for How You WANT to Feel” is something that I do daily. My love for fashion started at a young age when my mother and I would watch the “Fashion Report” on the news with Christiane Amanpour. We grew up modestly, and I used inspiration from magazines to recreate outfits with what I had in my closet (which wasn’t much). It taught me to be resourceful and creative when it comes to clothes.
MW: What do you love about each of the clothing and/or accessories you wore?
SS: Overall, I love the periwinkle (lavender) color that is the Pantone color of 2022, which represents joy and creativity. Christy Lynn, the designer of my dress, is a Houston-based sustainable luxury brand.
MW: What do you suggest people do to elevate their fashion choices?
FM: I have always suggested three things to add to a person’s fashion:
- Layering in pieces also adds to any outfit, whether vest, sweater, cardigans, or a denim jacket/vest. Creating layers adds more depth even in the summer.
2. Accessories like pocket squares, glasses, bracelets, watches, and rings add to your look, but be aware of limits. Doing too much can be just that – too much.
3. Do not be afraid to have one pop of color, meaning don’t be afraid to simplify an outfit with solid colors with one splash of color through an item, not wearing so many colors and patterns but keeping monotone in place for a harder effect.
SS: You can have the most expensive item, but if it doesn’t fit you well, then the clothes are wearing you instead of you wearing the clothes. Spend that little bit to get something hemmed or taken in. And don’t worry about sizes. They are different in every brand. You can always have something taken in if it’s too big versus getting something too small that doesn’t make you feel good about yourself.
MW: Which accessories do you make sure to include in your ensemble? Where do you suggest people shop for these?
SS: Jewelry is one of my favorite parts of an outfit whether is a statement earring or layered necklaces. Fort Worth has amazing places to shop for amazing jewelry. You Are Here, Bachendorfs, and Neiman Marcus have fantastic fine jewelry selections. Hale House and Beehive have fabulous on-trend jewelry. Laude the Label and The Worthy Co have beautiful sustainable jewelry.
FM: Pocket square, bracelet, and watch. I used to recommend brooches, but now I believe the simpler the better. [Frank recommends finding these accessories at Franklin & Anthony and Thirty Fifty.
You can follow these fashion voices on Instagram at @styleofsam and @franklinandanthony