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Winston-Salem Style // Julie Oates

Julie Oates is a great friend of mine. She is always smiling and we can chat about anything and everything.  Julie is always positive and encouraging. Her effortless style, suits as her well and always looks great.  Julie is mom to Lila and William, wife to Grant.  She is a real estate agent with Berkshire Hathaway here in Winston-Salem.  I was excited that she said yes when I asked her to be interviewed for Winston-Salem Style.

 

 

DTWS: What is your go-to outfit right now?
 
JEO:  When I’m working during the wintertime, I pretty much live in a wrap dress and tall boots. It’s jeans or cropped yoga pants when I’m with the kids because we spend most of our time outdoors.

 

 
DTWS:  What is your favorite piece in your wardrobe?
 

JEO: Wrap dresses from Lawrence & Lillian, Frye Boots, Infinity Scarves, Toms Wedges, Bobi Tees, and anything by Lilla P.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DTWS: What is your favorite local place to shop?
 
JEO: Wildflower for accessories and J. McLaughlin for classic work pieces. Those two stores are on completely opposite ends of the spectrum, but I’ve surprisingly had luck at both. If you ask me to go to the mall or any other big box store, don’t be offended if I say no.

 

 
DTWS: Who is your fashion icon?
 
JEO: I think Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton have great style for being in the public eye every second of the day. I can’t imagine being “on” like that all the time – you really have to give them some credit. I am lucky if I can pull off a stylish look for a few hours here and there. 🙂
 
 
 
 
 
DTWS: What is your craziest trend you ever rocked?
 
JEO:  Ha – there are so many! I rocked a lot of plaid flannel shirts during the grunge movement (late 80’s and early 90’s). We probably looked ridiculous, but no regrets because we were growing up and it was all about the music. 
When I lived in Austin, Texas (early 2000’s) we were slackers and hipsters and I’m sure we looked like we were living in a van down by the river. When you live in a city whose motto is “Keep Austin Weird” you should expect nothing less.
I remember moving back to North Carolina and wondering why all the grown men were wearing the exact same polo shirt in pastel easter egg colors. It took me a while to get used to that one. 🙂
But the worst trend that I will never fully get over is when we wore those stretchy flared black pants and ribbed turtleneck sweaters in the late 90’s. It was not about the music and it was not about being hipster cool. It was about driving to the mall, finding a Limited Express, and purchasing a boring and sad pair of black pants to wear to a cocktail party. If that trend comes back, I will happily let somebody else rock it.

 Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!  to Julie 🙂  I had a pair or two of those stretchy black pants from Express as well.  I had never heard of Lilla P.  I love the line and can’t wait to see it in person.

Dashing – xoxo
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