From Dumbo to SoHo, glamorous Fort Worth native Elizabeth Blum Savetsky has been catching the eye of some of New York City’s most important street-style photographers.
She has appeared online at The New York Times and Harper’s Bazaar and on high-profile websites like The Huffington Post and Stylelist. And for good reason.
Her signature blend of bright colors, vibrant patterns and layered accessories that sparkle sets her apart from the phalanxes of black-clad fashionistas.
But Savetsky is more than just a modern mannequin. She’s a true style influencer who manages social media for a major Manhattan-based showroom and fashion production company, and she also serves as the force behind her up-and-coming blog, ExcessoriesExpert.com.
Promising “A Guide to Excessive Accessories,” Savetsky’s Excessories Expert posts are filled with fashion advice and fabulous accessories, and she connects with her growing audience by sharing personal photos and stories as she goes to work, attends events and moves through mommyhood and a second pregnancy.
“I like to take wild, impractical pieces and just wear them,” she says, sharing with her readers how to skillfully mix high and low price points, vintage and new, faux and real.
If a professional life of style doesn’t seem like a predictable career path for a Fort Worth girl who spent every school day from kindergarten through high school wearing a plain navy blue uniform, Savetsky would be the first to agree. “I always had a love of the spotlight,” she says, but her “spotlight addiction,” as she jokingly calls it, was sated with music, rather than fashion.
Savetsky grew up singing in school musicals, in local Kids Who Care productions and, later, as a regular singer and yodeler with the renowned weekly variety show Johnnie High’s Country Music Revue at the Arlington Music Hall.
After graduating from Trinity Valley School, she enrolled in New York University to study music and the business of music. That’s where things changed, she says, and she became more interested in the interplay between performance and fashion.
“I had always had a flair for fashion — I remember lying awake at night planning what I’d wear for ‘Out of Uniform Day’ — but moving to New York, where I was around all these kids who had effortless style, turned my interest into a passion,” she explains.
Eventually, Savetsky landed at Showroom Seven in Chelsea, working with an impressive client list that included Issa London and Erickson Beamon jewelry. Two years later, she moved to her current position, managing Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts for Erickson Beamon jewelry and Seventh House Public Relations and assisting with myriad aspects of fashion week and trade show production.
Savetsky launched ExcessoriesExpert.com last November to share her insider fashion experiences and thoughts on personal style. “I had this obsession with accessories,” she says, “and I felt like I had something different to say than what was already out there. I had been toying with the idea for a while, but my colleagues really encouraged me to start it. They said, ‘You wear gold turbans to work; you need to write about it!’ ”
Savetsky typically posts a few Instagram selfies (@excessoriesexpert) a week and composes a longer post that includes an “outfit pose” every week or two. While she says pregnancy has made outfit selections a bit more challenging, her site traffic has spiked since she started showcasing the glamorous ways she finds to accessorize her baby bump.
“Because your body’s changing every day, pregnancy can be a very frustrating time, and I have found that accessories are the key to great pregnancy style,” Savetsky says. “It’s also all about the attitude and how you carry it off.”
While her pregnancy posts will end with her July due date, Savetsky hopes to keep growing her audience by showing how she’ll rock her new mommy-of-two look. “My goal is to help women everywhere to be the most glamorous moms in the carpool line — to encourage them to take what they think is impractical and incorporate it into their everyday wardrobe to look and feel fabulous,” she says.
“Yes,” she adds. “You CAN buy those turquoise sandals!”
ELIZABETH SAVETSKY’S TOP FIVE TIPS FOR FABULOUS PREGNANCY STYLE
1The bigger your bump, the bigger your accessories need to be. There’s no room for dainty during pregnancy. Think doorknocker earrings, an armful of bracelets. I call it the Victoria Beckham Rule: The bigger your bag, sunglasses and heels, the smaller you look.
2Incorporate accessories that add verticality like long necklaces, lightweight scarves, lightweight cardigans or even a denim moto vest over a tight dress or top.
3If you can manage heels, wear them — adding height is always good. If you can’t, try something new like gladiator sandals.
4Keeping your silhouette simple and your color palette monochromatic will pop your accessories and keep you looking sleek and chic.
5Mexican dresses have become my new maternity go-to look. I am obsessed with them — they’re inexpensive, comfortable and look good even if you’re not pregnant. Just add gladiator sandals and gold jewelry, and you’re ready to go.