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"Fit To Be Styled" at Settlement Goods

Patrons were encouraged to bring in a favorite fashion piece for some personal styling advice. I brought my fanny pack.

By Alice Alsup June 3, 2014

Store owner Jenny Morgan, far right, chats with three patrons. Photo by Jenny Morgan

“This isn’t a demographic, it’s a mindset” says Jenny Schlief Morgan of the customers who frequent Settlement Goods, her design store located on Montrose Blvd.

Settlement Goods is a store with a mission “to showcase the best of USA-made design.” The boutique stocks American-made apparel, accessories, and toiletries that disregard gender binaries with an attitude that effuses a certain “je ne sais chic.”

Everything in the store—jewelry, apothecaries, ceramics, art—is handmade. Even the clothes are cut-to-order. “In that sense,” explains Jenny, “what you’re getting is one of a kind.”

At the store’s May 22 “Fit to Be Styled” event, Jenny and Settlement stylist Vico Puentes gave Houstonians the opportunity to get personal wardrobe advice.

Guests were greeted with wine and finger food. Photo by Jenny Morgan

But first, a presentation: Schlief Morgan and Puentes dressed models in a range of looks, and explained how to appear “put together” for different occasions, from formal to just plain fun.

The event invited people to bring in a favorite fashion item and get personal styling advice from Jenny Schlief Morgan and Vico Puentes. I brought my fanny pack.

In my defense, it’s a very classy fanny pack—all leather, slim pockets, not particularly "poochy." It’s also a vintage piece given to me by my iconically stylish grandmother shortly before her passing last year. For me, this item is a statement of function as much as fashion, since I use biking as a means of transportation. It’s hard to do that with a handbag.

Vico takes my item in stride, but Jenny is genuinely enthusiastic about it. After some consultation, they send me to the dressing room and out I came in three new looks.

First, my before pic:

The before shot. Photo by Alice Alsup

And now, the after. Weight in on your favorite fanny look in the comments.

Vico styled me in bleach-detailed black drawstring pants, and a crop top tank underneath a long, light-knit overshirt by Stark X. Jenny finished the look with a black cord-and-pendant necklace. Photo by Alice Alsup

Jenny and Vico put me in these printed pants, and they played with contrasting colors (red-orange cropped tank and blue slim-leg pants), added a sheer white shirt and finished with a magenta choker by Venessa Arizaga. Photo by Alice Alsup

Vico pulled a bold printed top to pair with these statement leggings by Mary Meyer. Photo by Alice Alsup

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