We Ask Suzie Gaffney for Wardrobe Advice

Kennett Square is buzzing with style and how to rock out with leather accents.



Suzie Gaffney

Owner, Suzie Gaffney Wardrobe Consulting, Kennett Square

Favorite designers: I love Vince for casual, and Parker for great tops. But I’m open to all labels. I shop for myself and my clients everywhere—T.J. Maxx, Target, small boutiques and consignment shops. I like to be able to put together looks at all price points, without looking at the label.

Where she shops: For beautiful sweaters, tops and dresses, I love the Elizabeth Maar and Just Girls boutiques in Newtown Square and Haverford. Kennett Square is buzzing right now. Chantilly Blue is the best for denim; Ashley Austin has the most fabulous shoes and accessories. With the addition of Tribe Beauty Culture, you can get a whole new look, then go out for dinner and drinks, all on the same block.

Winter trends she loves: Leather accents make everyone look a little more “rock star.” I love the return of the ankle boot, because it gives a fresh silhouette to everything from jeans to dresses.

Style icons: I think Olivia Palermo always gets it right every place she goes, every single time. Also, Nellie Spoerl, owner of the Elizabeth Maar boutiques. I learned so much from her during the years I spent working in her shops.

Personal style: A little bohemian and a little glam, with a little edge. I like to put together unexpected combinations to mix it up.

Go-to casual outfit for a typical Saturday out: I love the shirts from the local No Belly Show line of tops. They’re perfect under a cozy cashmere sweater, paired with boots and leggings. I need my outfit to be comfortable and functional, so I can run around with my family.

Go-to outfit for a Saturday night in the city: Dark denim, a little black jacket over a blouse or T-shirt, a statement piece of jewelry from DeChic Boutique, and fun heels. The jewelry is always the icing on the cake because it personalizes the outfit.

Must-have splurges: Jackets and blazers. They complete any look and make me feel pulled together.

Favorite item in her closet: It’s a three-way tie: a gold charm bracelet that was my grandmothers, snakeskin over-the-knee boots that were a gift from my husband, and a vintage silver beaded top from India that I found at Greene Street Consignment.

Must-read blogs: Cupcakes and Cashmere, Atlantic-Pacific, The Coveteur. And, of course, there’s my own Suziegaffney.com. I love to hear that I helped make it a little easier for someone to get dressed.Mawr have a lot of the designers I love. I wish I had time to go on personal shopping trips, but it’s usually on buying trips where I do most of my shopping—or on vacation.

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