Best Dressed 2013
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Occupation: Personal assistant to Ron Penney of Penney, Murray & Associates
Signature piece: That would have to be a toss-up between a classic sheath dress and hats. I love to wear a dress, no matter the season. And hats are the quintessential accessory. You can never have too many.
417 Magazine: What do you think is the worst fashion faux pas?
Niki Link: Ill-fitting clothes. I hate it when someone tries to squeeze into something that just doesn’t fit. If you have to go up a size, do it! Another fashion faux pas is VPL (visible panty lines).
417: What is your favorite fashion trend right now?
N.L.: I don’t know if I really have one, trends come and go so quickly. I never really know if something was ‘so last season.’ I think as long as it looks good and as long as you feel confident, that’s all that matters.
417: What’s the most you’ve ever spent on a must have piece of clothing? What was it and where did you find it?
N.L.: Probably my wedding dress from McDaniel Bridal & Formal on Glenstone Avenue that is out of business now. My mom and I went shopping and she didn’t let me see the prices on any of the dresses because she didn’t want me to feel limited as to what she and my dad could afford. It was a very special moment for us.
417: What three words define your style:
N.L.: Polished, put-together and classic.
417: What are your favorite places to shop that are not in 417-land?
N.L.: My husband and I love Nashville, Tenn., and we found this great place called The Trunk. It’s actually a converted UPS truck that travels around. They have great accessories. Another place we found is a boutique called Local Honey. It’s kind of ‘vintage with a splash of new’ thrown in. Everything is by local designers. I am also a sucker for an H&M.
417: Where do you find fashion inspiration?
N.L.: Television, Pinterest.
417: Who are your fashion role models?
N.L.: My sister has played a huge role in how my fashion style was formed. She taught me what to do and what not to do. I kind of idolized her growing up. No one could rock feathered hair quite like she could! I would have to say Reese Witherspoon and Keira Knightley, too.
417: What are your favorite places to shop for clothes in 417-land?
N.L.: Most of my wardrobe is from New York & Company or The Limited. They both have things that fit me perfectly. I can always find something in one of those places. Plus, it’s reasonably priced. I’m a coupon kind of girl. And, The Red Poppy in Nixa. I went to shop there for accessories and found everything I needed.
417: Finish this sentence: "I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing...."
N.L.: Everything has a time and place! You never know when that ‘thing you swore you’d never wear’ will come in handy!
417: What’s a fashion trend you wish would go away?
N.L.: I hate to say this because so many people can wear them, but flats. I don’t own any flats and just can’t get used to wearing them. I tried on a pair at a shoe store, and my little boy told me he didn’t like me wearing shoes that didn’t have ‘pointies’ on the bottom!
417: What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever worn?
N.L.: That’s easy, a floral print dress with a lace collar that my mother made for me! It was not flattering at all. I wore it on the second date with my husband. Thank goodness he saw some potential, because he never lets me forget the ugly dress!
417: What’s the best bargain you’ve ever found? How much did it cost, and where did you find it?
N.L.: All my finds are bargains! I always have my eye open for that certain must-have.
417: Do you ever shop at thrift stores? If so, what do you look for there?
N.L.: If I am shopping at a thrift store, it’s usually for a party that requires a certain look. I got some great black suede fringe boots that I wore to our friend’s ‘80s party. I wish I was better at ‘thrifting,’ I think I give up too easily. I have a friend who is the thrift store queen. She’s always bragging about what she found and how little she paid for it.
417: How long does it take you to get ready to go out/go to work?
N.L.: 30 minutes, tops.
417: If you could only wear one brand/designer for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
N.L.: Why settle for just one?!