Fashion Forward with M.G. Style

Stylist and closet curator Mary Glenn McElveen partners with clients and brands to elevate women’s wardrobes. Here, she shares her best advice and the things that inspire her.

Mary Glenn McElveen of M.G. Style
M.G. Style – Mary Glenn McElveen – [email protected] – IG: @m.g._style – Photo by Caley Ellenburg

If I engaged your services, what does the process look like?

For event and bridal styling, I like to meet with my client so I can understand what she is looking for. I ask a lot of questions! Next, I will pull inspiration pictures to present to the client. Once we are in sync, I will source items both online and locally for the client to try. After we nail down the look, we can choose shoes and accessories.

For a closet edit, I ask my client to give me a mini tour of her closet so I can evaluate her goals and needs. Sometimes, it’s a matter of cleaning out, piecing together outfits with items in her closet, or filling in where necessary.

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What are five basics that every woman should own?

Mary Glenn McElveen of M.G. Style

A good pair of jeans.
Nothing is better than finding the perfect pair of jeans that you can wear all of the time. My personal favorites are Mother jeans, which can be found at Tulipano.

A versatile jacket.
This could be a blazer, a wool jacket, or a leather jacket. Owning a good jacket that can be styled multiple ways is a closet essential for winter dressing.

A white button-down.
This is a must for all seasons! It’s tailored and crisp, and it fits in with any style and age. Ann Mashburn makes the best button-downs. Le Weekend in English Village carries them.

A comfortable “everyday” shoe.
Find a shoe you can wear multiple days a week that works with most outfits in your closet. It can be a fun sneaker or a pretty loafer.

A great accessory.
For some outfits this might be a black belt, and for others it could be gold hoop earrings, a gold layering necklace, or even a neck scarf. Adding an accessory is one of the easiest ways to personalize a very simple outfit.

When is it time to clean out?
Ask yourself these questions. Have you worn it in the past two years, and if not, why? Is it worth getting altered or having me help style it for you? Does
it look dated or worn out? Lastly, does it bring you joy? If you don’t love it anymore, it doesn’t look good on, or you have overworn it, it’s time for it to go.

How do you approach trends?
What goes around always comes back around! I grew up in the 90s, and it is so fun seeing those trends come back in style! I try to stick with a neutral color palette and add one pop of color or trendy piece each season. I don’t advise spending too much money on seasonal trends.

M.G. Style Shops Local

Le Weekend, English Village
Tulipano, Mountain Brook Village
Gus Mayer, The Summit
Shea Davis Boutique, Homewood
Effies, Homewood

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