For over 30 years Marjory Warren Boutique was located the Upper East Side and run by Marjory Warren, or Marj as she was known. Her daughter in law, Chris, has since taken over running the boutique, which is now online.
I was lucky enough to spend some time with Chris. I visited her studio and she put together some really amazing outfits for me, which I’m sharing today. Chris has a great eye and really knows how to find clothes that will flatter a woman’s body, no matter the shape or size!
I asked Chris to share a bit about herself and here’s what she had to say.
I took over the family store 12 years ago. My mother in law retired and I was ready to work. My past life is very mixed. Primarily, I modeled in my early 20’s and was lucky to do it internationally. I lived in many different countries and loved the travel. I acted after that, primarily television. Then marriage and children. I ended up having to drastically change my life for many years. I have Tourette Syndrome and it flared badly for almost 16 years. It was difficult for me to work for others, so I learned to work for myself. Luckily, my Tourettes substantially calmed down and hardly ever stops me. I add this to my bio because it became a very big part of who I am now as a person and my sensitivities to others.
I am very sensitive to women and their aging journey. The body issues and insecurities connected to getting older is a big part of what I very intently listen to when my customers talk to me.
My journey as a women’s store owner has become laser focused on offering products to help my customer buy and wear clothing without any struggle. Educating them by offering guidance as they question style and fit for their body type.
I have the eye of an artist. Everything is very linear with how I see clothing on women. It is not what size a woman is, it is about the distribution of her weight and how this affects her body proportions. Dressing a figure is all linear trickery. For example, let’s focus on a figure with wide hips and a very narrow upper body. To balance the hips, fill in the top portion of the figure with visual weight. A cowl neck, a scarf, horizontal stripe pattern, boat neck collar line…anything that will balance the lower part of the body. I could go on forever. Did you ever think of how the jawline, the length of the neck, and even the haircut influence the visual lines of a figure?
My view on style and clothing is fairly simple. To each her own. Whatever makes you feel and look good for the day or night, then wear it. I don’t believe in fashion rules.
I am happy to see a little more attention being given to clothing for older women. No matter what size we are, it all starts to move 🙂 I know we all hate the word ‘Missy’, but, the ‘Missy Cut’ is what influences the structural adaptions of a garment to address our shifting body as the years pass. No matter if you like your clothing a bit more fitted or you love wearing loose and unstructured, we all have to admit we cannot shop in a junior store.
This does not mean a 60-year-old woman cannot dress youthfully. This just means a junior fit won’t generally work anymore.
I can ramble forever, so let’s stop me here. (DOABH: Not rambling to me, Chris is so knowledgeable I could listen to her forever!!)
You can read and learn more from Chris on her blog.
I totally appreciate Chris’s understanding of a woman’s body and how to balance it. We all have parts we want to hide and those we want to accent. Talking with Chris and hearing her understanding of what looks good on my body is so important to me. I want to make sure that when I get home I’ll wear my clothes and with Chris’s guidance I feel confident I will!
Shop Marjory Warren Boutique online and find clothes that will make you look good and feel good!