I love all things Jersey…..The shore in the summer time, the Real Housewives of New Jersey…..and this new boutique I discovered this year called Chic Boutique Jersey on instagram. They have such a great mix of fun, fashionable, and unique clothing and accessories with a little designer flair. I am obsessed!!! To learn about this amazing place, please read the interview below and make sure to follow them on instagram too!
Tell me a little about yourself and how you got into fashion.
I am Stephanie, a Jersey girl born and raised, went to the University of Pittsburgh and received a bachelor of arts in communications. I am married to my wonderful husband Eric and have two amazing boys, Max and Sam. I was a meeting planner for McGraw-Hill publishing before I had my children and became a stay at home mom. I’ve always had a love for fashion and I’ve always been told I have great style.
How did you end up becoming a boutique owner?
I was looking for something to keep me busy while my kids were in school all day, and I came up with the idea to open a boutique in my home. I purchased one rolling rack and about 10 different styles of tops and pants and posted pictures on Facebook and Instagram.
What do you like best about owning a boutique?
I enjoy helping people look and feel good about the outfits they’re wearing. It’s important for me to help my customers to understand they don’t have to spend a lot to look great! I love advising my customers about which styles are best for their body type and lifestyle.
I want everyone to look their absolute best when they are wearing something from Chic Boutique Jersey.
Who is your favorite style icon and why?
I love Lady Gaga‘s style because of her boldness and creativity. She embodies the famous Coco Chanel quote, “I don’t do fashion. I am fashion.”
Describe your own personal style.
I usually dress for comfort. I prefer to wear casual, fun, funky and unique items.
Do you ever get stuck in a style rut? How do you get out of it?
I can’t say that I’ve ever gotten stuck. I love watching new trends and keeping up with the latest styles. When I’m not sure what to wear I always go back to the basics. A simple top with my favorite pair of jeans is always in fashion.
What are your top styling tips for women?
Accessorize! Adding a hat, scarf, jewelry and a great handbag will always elevate an outfit. Aside from that, be yourself and purchase clothing that fits properly. If it looks good on you and is flattering, wear it.
Name five trends you are loving right now for spring/summer 2022.
1. White on white. 2. Clean and monotone looks. 3. Wide leg pants 4. mini skirts 5. Blazers over everything!
How has the pandemic changed you as a business owner?
It was actually a blessing for me. People did a lot of online shopping over the pandemic and I had a lot of new customers following me on Instagram.
Name three things that make your boutique unique.
1. Personalized 1-on-1 shopping in a relaxed, comfortable environment. 2. I carry reasonably priced items that you won’t find in most department stores. 3. I provide the best customer service.
What is the one trend you would never wear and why?
As much as I love them, I wouldn’t wear a crop top. At 55, I’m just too old.
What would be your ultimate fashion/business goal?
I want to help people look and feel their best. It’s very rewarding when I receive positive reviews from happy customers.
Tell us something interesting that our readers don’t know about you.
I have been inside a glacier in Iceland, held baby lions in South Africa, and skied some of the best mountains in the US.
What is your favorite style quote?
I also like this one from Coco Chanel “If you want to be original, be ready to be copied.
Tell the readers how they can contact you.
Chic Boutique Jersey
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