With Texas’ varying weather, it takes a well-stocked closet to be one of Dallas’ Ten Best Dressed. These ten ladies will be honored at the annual Crystal Charity Ball Ten Best Dressed luncheon at Neiman Marcus on Sept. 16. We took some time to ask the honorees some of their style preferences and inspirations.
What is your favorite accessory?
ANITA ARNOLD: Several vintage Chanel necklaces from the Paris Flea Market. They go with most everything and are great when traveling.
MARY CLARE FINNEY: iPad.
JULIE HAWES: A colorful contrast shoe or handbag.
BETSY SOWELL: Sunglasses.
PIPER WYATT: Olympia le Tan book clutch.
What is your favorite season for fashion?
JANE CONDON: Autumn for sure.
TUCKER ENTHOVEN: Fall.
MARGARET HANCOCK: Spring.
What’s your go-to color for a fresh mani?
ANITA ARNOLD: Essie’s “Ballet Slippers.”
JANE CONDON: No color — I keep my nails short and unpolished.
HEATHER ESPING: Vinylux “Creampuff” and Essie “Marshmallow.”
JULIE HAWES: Essie “Delicacy.”
PIPER WYATT: Tom Ford “Naked.”
Who is your style inspiration?
KATHERINE COKER: Grace Kelly.
TUCKER ENTHOVEN: Cate Blanchett and Olivia Palmero. They take risks!
MARY CLARE FINNEY: I have many inspirations, but my daughter Elle is my best stylist and most honest critic.
JULIE HAWES: Lee Radziwill, Lauren Santo Domingo, and Anna Wintour.
BETSY SOWELL: Audrey Hepburn.
PAT HARLOE: Chanel – any woman who says “You live only once; you might as well be amusing” is my kind of girl.
What is your favorite trend this year?
KATHERINE COKER: Anything off the shoulder.
HEATHER ESPING: The fun guitar straps on bags this fall.
MARY CLARE FINNEY: Fringe.
BETSY SOWELL: Shirting stripes.
PIPER WYATT: Velvet.
What is your least favorite trend this year?
ANITA ARNOLD: Wide leg pants and bare midriffs. They are not for me.
TUCKER ENTHOVEN: Cropped flare pants.
MARY CLARE FINNEY: Overalls.
JULIE HAWES: Extremely bright fuschia lipstick.
PIPER WYATT: Sneaker stilettos.
PAT HARLOE: Anything Gladiator – I am so over Ben Hur.
Silver or gold?
KATHERINE COKER: Gold.
TUCKER ENTHOVEN: Gold.
HEATHER ESPING: Both.
MARGARET HANCOCK: Both!
BETSY SOWELL: Silver.
Hair up or down?
ANITA ARNOLD: Normally down, but up-dos with a ball gown.
KATHERINE COKER: I prefer it down, but when I’m racing out the door it usually goes up.
JANE CONDON: Down. My sister calls it my “Janie hair.”
HEATHER ESPING: Ponytail in the day — down at night.
MARY CLARE FINNEY: Half up, half down.
What do you like to wear around the house?
ANITA ARNOLD: I love the comfort of jeans.
KATHERINE COKER: Workout clothes so I’m ready to take our dog for a walk or jump on our elliptical trainer.
TUCKER ENTHOVEN: Workout gear.
JANE CONDON: Yoga pants and my husband’s big T-shirts.
MARGARET HANCOCK: Casual shorts or jeans.
PIPER WYATT: Nothing cute enough to mention! I am working on upgrading my loungewear.
PAT HARLOE: Black leggings, oversized shirt, ballet flats – my uniform.
What cosmetic is always in your purse?
JANE CONDON: Chanel lipstick and a drug store brand black eyeliner pencil.
HEATHER ESPING: Chanel lip gloss — lots of colors.
MARGARET HANCOCK: Chapstick.
JULIE HAWES: Nude lipgloss.
BETSY SOWELL: Sisley lipbalm.