Gregg and Tayler from “Million Dollar Shoppers” Share Style Tips
Gregg Asher and Tayler Carson Sandvick of Lifetime’s reality series, “Million Dollar Shoppers” use their fierce fashion sense and outgoing personalities to take the fashion scene by storm for clients who live in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. People often think they are siblings because they fight like brother and sister, but with Sandvick’s couture background and Asher’s crazy eccentric style, the two complement each other perfectly. Here, the fierce friends share fall fashion tips and shopping advice for moms.
1. Plaid prints, biker jackets and winter white are three big trends for fall…but for moms? How can a mom translate these looks into her lifestyle? Or shouldn’t she?
Tayler: Absolutely!! All three! Just because you're a mom doesn't mean you shouldn't or couldn't be fashionable and keep up with the trends. The key is keeping things age appropriate and to take in to consideration your lifestyle. Love plaid, especially for fall/winter. A fun oversized wool coat, oversized plaid button-down shirt or sweater with black leggings and biker boots makes for a current, practical and comfortable outfit. Biker jackets can be edgy, cool and effortless paired with skinny dark denim jeans, white t-shirt and oxfords, hip sneakers (not work-out sneakers!) or ballet flats. Winter white is elegant, timeless and oh-so chic! I would save this look for a date night with your hubby, lunch or cocktails with the girls. White can be very unforgiving when your handling your kiddos i.e. it shows every stain so you probably don't want to wear at your kids soccer practice or birthday party so save for grown-up time.
Gregg: Karl Lagerfeld approved winter white years ago which paved the way for many of the old stigmas regarding white fashion to be thrown to the waste side. Hell, Miuccia Prada showed fox stoles for Miu Miu’s spring collection in muted Easter shades! Loved it! I feel biker jackets may be a little hard for some moms but the idea of leather is totally easy for everyone! I'm mad for plaid head to toe for myself but for the ladies, I think a plaid blazer with a ball gown is so chic and a plaid shoe with a classic Ralph Lauren suit is definitely doable at any age.
2. What are your three “go-to” stores or websites for finding affordable clothing?
Tayler: My consistent go-to for affordable yet quality goods is always Zara and Zara.com. So much of my wardrobe comes from them and I just pair my buys with designer bags and shoes. You'll see me in tons of Zara on “Million Dollar Shoppers”! Always on trend, the best prices, and if you order online, they always provide free returns when you send something back. Plus, they take online purchases back at the store. I also love J.Crew and J.Crew.com. They are a no-brainer! Always classic, their stuff is made to last and they always have the BEST sales in-store and online. I like Gap and Gap.com for denim and basics.
Sample sales in NYC are a lifesaver too when it comes to getting ultra high-end designer pieces for pennies! I also love to shop Barney's online during sales when things go more than 75% off! My mom taught me the value of bargain hunting so it's something I'm always aware of. You don't have to spend a fortune to look phenomenal!
Gregg: I shop Neiman Marcus last call stores when the shipments just arrive. Plus, I also love MyTheresa.com for everything under the sun and Century 21 is always a bargain but a digger’s paradise.
3. What are three things moms should splurge on and why?
Tayler: Handbags, shoes, outerwear/jackets. A nice handbag can elevate ANY look no matter how much or little you have paid for it. I've been known to grab a random inexpensive piece from Forever 21 and carry it one of my Hermes Birkins and people think I've just walked out of Bergdorf Goodman. Shoes, period. The right shoe really is EVERYTHING!! Doesn't matter how fabulous your outfit is or how much you spent on it, if the shoes are wrong, EVERYTHING is wrong! Invest in the most fabulous shoes you can afford, always! Finally, great blazers and jackets. They will last year after year, season after season and they hardly ever go out of style. You can reinvent them with new current trends to make them fresh. And of course a great coat can seriously last you decades - a true investment.
Gregg: A great pair of pumps.Tayler recently bought a pair of killer Manolos in fuchsia suede! A luxury handbag - think Goyard, Perrin, or Mulberry. And lastly, splurge on facials moms! Moms don't take enough time for themselves, but note that if you have jacked-up skin, it's all over! No one will be looking at your clothes...
4. What are the fashion mistakes most commonly made by women?
Tayler: 1. A poor fit; not getting proper alterations and tailoring your clothes. Everything should be tailored to fit you. 2. Not dressing for YOUR body type. 3. Keeping your look age appropriate. Embrace your age and your beauty and don't try to look 25 when you are 45.
Gregg: The fit is always an issue. It's difficult to buy something off the rack and have it fit perfectly. Invest in a great alterations person and they will become your best friend! Also – women MUST wear age appropriate attire - nothing too short, or too tight. When it comes to some clothes like a strapless piece, your age plays a factor! And not taking enough fashion risks. Try stuff on that doesn't look great on the hanger and you just might be surprised!
5. Is it a bad sign when mothers and daughters can share clothes?
Tayler: Yes and no. If it's classic piece like a Chanel bag or jacket, or a Ralph Lauren oxford shirt paired with skinny ankle skimming jeans then yes. But booty shorts and mid-drift baring tops...NO!
Gregg: No, not all. I think it's great if a mother can actually fit into her daughter’s clothes, but whether she should wear them or not is another story!
6. What’s a no-fail fashion uniform for other moms?
Tayler: Classic white button-down blouse, fitted black or navy blazer, skinny dark denim jeans or black leggings with oxfords, ballet flats or motorcycle boots for day then switch up shoes for night by wearing classic 4 inch Manolo Blahnik BB pointed to pumps. The perfect uniform from the playground to the ballpark to the girls’ lunch or date-night!
Gregg: A great pair of well-fitting boot cut (not Tay's fav), skinny or my favorite wide-leg jeans. It's an easy chic thing to run about in paired with a ballet flat (even though I would prefer a heel) and a tailored button down with a light weight luxury scarf, a shopper tote and off you go!
7. Name three celebrities moms can take fabulous fashion cues from.
Gisele Bundchen. I know I know, she's a goddess but she totally knows how to rock a casual effortless look and then can totally turn it up for the red carpet. She gets it right every time.
Nicole Richie: I love how she's transformed herself from this wild-child party girl to this elegant fashion forward earth mother. I love her bohemian yet chic style. Very, very cool.
Angie Harmon: She is always flawless and SO natural!! I don't like a lot of makeup and every time you see her whether it's out with her three girls or doing a talk show appearance, she always looks natural yet glamorous.
Ok and one more for me...Sarah Jessica Parker. She can do no wrong in my book! She is always taking a fashion risk and having fun! I love that she doesn't take herself too seriously but SERIOUSLY loves fashion. You can see her walking her twin girls to school in the West Village one morning, then turning it out in McQueen at the MET Gala the next. Come on, she's Carrie Bradshaw! LOVE SJP!!
I love Goldie Hawn. Always fresh, easy and slightly hippie girl but always with a smile which makes me think makes her super stylish. Plus, you want to know what she's thinking.
I love, love, love Victoria Beckham!! She is our mutual favorite - we both absolutely ADORE everything about her! She does it all and looks amazing keeping up with her four kids and the way cute husband.
Of course, I love a Cher moment (not Tay's fav). But she NEVER ages! She loves some sparkle, like me, has to have some fringe, like me, and wasn't afraid to kick around in heels despite how short Sonny was. Love her!