Susan Block Of The Designing Block Talks Personal Style

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Describe your personal style. Eclectic, funky, traditional, casual, formal—it differs by the day.

What’s your most recent fashion obsession? Handbags, dresses and long pearl necklaces with tassels.

What item from your closet can you not live without? Clanking gold bracelets. I’ve been clanking since I was a teen!

Photo by Attilio D'Agostino

Susan Block, Owner of The Designing Block | Photo by Attilio D’Agostino

What are your top five apparel essentials? A black long-sleeve crewneck tee, black leggings, a black skirt, leopard shoes and a long cardigan sweater.

Who are some of your favorite designers? Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Eileen Fisher and Carolina Herrera.

What is your fondest style memory? Each year I give out “The Silver Ripper” award to an outstanding junior fashion design student at Washington University. It’s really very rewarding to give encouragement at the point in a student’s career where they tend to feel the most challenged.

Where do you shop in STL? Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Eileen Fisher, JJill … basically everywhere!

What is your biggest fashion pet peeve? Wearing the wrong accessories for the look. Sometimes people will have on a really great outfit but the accessories don’t match or are the wrong scale. Thinking head-to-toe is important!

This story appeared in the November 2015 issue.

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