Tiffany Garner

Glimpsed At Taverna Corvino

July 05, 2009|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,special to the baltimore sun

Tiffany Garner has a lot on her plate. And we're not talking about the dinner she was having at Taverna Corvino the night we "Glimpsed" the Towson resident. This 33-year-old is a psychology doctoral candidate at Loyola College and a new mom to 8-month-old son, Ethan. "I've always been into clothes ever since I was very young ... But, things have really changed a lot since I went back to graduate school and had a baby. I don't always have the time and money to devote to my wardrobe that I used to. It goes to Ethan's wardrobe. And he can get a lot for the price of one pair of Mommy's pants." Her priorities have changed, but Garner still maintains her "classic with a touch of trendy" style.

The look: Cobalt cotton knit dress. Gold Michael Kors kitten-heel slingbacks. Multi-color striped tie belt. Gold Coach mini-hobo handbag. Gold hoop earrings.

Where it came from: She bought the dress and belt at J. Crew. She found her slingbacks at Matava Shoes. The handbag came from the Coach store, and she found her earrings in a small boutique in Wyomissing, Pa.

She looks back for inspiration: "Style-wise, mine is definitely classic. Picture Jackie Kennedy. That's what I start with in my head. Then I try to make it a little modern or more funky. But, I really like those clean lines of the '50s."

Her old shopping habits are also a thing of the past: "These days, I don't shop very much. ... I'm mostly a mall shopper. ... I do a lot of [buying from] Banana Republic and Ann Taylor. Those are the two stores that most closely resemble my personal style. Then, I'll always try to go for a trendy-type piece from a store like Anthropologie."

When it comes to fashion, size matters: "I'm petite; 5 feet 1 inch on a good day. .. I have a lot of people tell me they didn't realize I was that short. I think it has to do with how I dress and what shoes I wear ... I'm a shoe person. In fact, when I was pregnant, I was afraid my feet would grow a size and I would lose my shoe collection. Pre-Ethan, I wore lots and lots of heels - open toe, closed toe. Always high. I guess I wanted to see the world from a higher vantage point. But, post-Ethan, my shoes are much more flat. Not totally flat. He weighs 23 pounds, so [I look for] a little bit of a heel or wedges."

She's assiduous about accessorizing: "My motto is less is more. I have not been able to adopt that big chunky necklace thing because I'm too short. A lot of accessories are overpowering. Don't get me wrong, I love jewelry ... I have picked up quite a few pieces from my travels overseas ... And when I put together an outfit, if I'm going to wear [jewelry], I'll use that as my focal point and then go from there. I think that's the way I dress. I start with one focal point and build my outfit around it."

Sloane Brown can be contacted at sloane@sloanebrown.com.

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