Ethnic background: African American.
Hometown: Boston, MA
Style: Classic with a touch of glamour
Style inspiration: Mom; nature; art; books
Weapon of choice: Heels
Go-to accessories: Rings and chains
“I look clean in whatever I rock, but my gold chain is always like the cherry on top.”
“Wherever I arrive, my signature curls are sure to spark ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs.'”
With the aura of a Southern Belle and the finesse of a seasoned model, Lay Summers has a style just as pleasant as the sound of her name, but lethal all the same. She’s soft and elegant, with a twist of sass, and a set of luscious locks that will leave you magnetically mesmerized.
In this fashion-focused Q&A, the blossoming blogger opens up about everything from her cultural influences and where she shops, to her future career plans and how long it takes her to achieve the perfect look in the morning time.
You’re from Boston, but you mentioned that you’re family is from the South. How has your culture and your roots influenced your fashion sense?
My family is from the South and my grandma grew up on a farm with 10 other siblings. The women had to be soft, strong and practical. That is reflected in my style. It has made it very feminine but still strong. I’ll wear a long flowy maxi dress and then pair it with a black leather jacket.
For you, what’s key in putting together your daily getups? What do you look for in an outfit?
I start with one piece I really want to wear that day and go from there building around it. It’s the only way I can be sure I don’t rip my closet apart and have big mess when I’m done. I hate messy spaces; I love for things to be organized.
The number one thing I look for is that the fit is right. It really can make or break a look if it doesn’t fit appropriately.
What’s the best way to make a plain outfit pop?
A statement bag or heels. You can never have too much of either for a reason.
What’s your favorite season to dress-up in?
I’m conflicted between summer and fall. Fall comes out on top barely because I love the dark rich colors that come with the season, sweaters and I can wear jeans everyday again. I love denim!
Your style is not really gaudy, but a few of your garments are not common pieces you would find at your local H&M or Forever 21. Where do you do most of your shopping?
I shop everywhere but I tend to frequent more mid tier to luxury spots. I love Nordstrom, Azalea, AQ/AQ, DVF, Rag & Bone, Zara, Mango, French Connection, Nasty Gal and local boutiques. Places like that, I’m always looking to invest in quality pieces so I don’t mind spending a little more.
What inspired you to start blogging, and what are you goals as a blogger?
Other women. In my family and group of friends I was always the authority on fashion and beauty [laughs]. I’m not sure how that happened. It may be because I grew up dancing and doing beauty pageants. They wanted to know what I was wearing and what products I used. My younger cousins wanted me to take them shopping and do their makeup for prom. It’s how we bonded. I wanted to find a way to find a way to share that with them and that’s when I discovered blogging. It’s been an epic love affair ever since.
I hope to keep creating a space that encourages women to be chic in everything they do while bringing awareness of how our lifestyles affect others and the planet.
Cool. Besides blogging, are you pursuing styling, designing, or any other aspect of fashion?
I am! It’s weird because I studied finance and economics in college and I currently work for a private investment bank. So, I definitely wasn’t planning to work in the fashion industry. But trying to deny my creative side didn’t work. I have a few things in the works where I’ll be able to use both my analytical and creative skill sets.
Who is your favorite fashion designer?
Never ask a fashionista this question, it’s torture! I really don’t do favorites for anything in general. However, there are few local designers in my city that have really captured my attention lately: I am Kréyol, L.O.R and Claude Michelle. They are all doing amazing job with the prints, use of texture and cuts in their latest collections.
For you, what’s the best thing about fashion?
The storytelling. When I stand in front of my closet I can choose what I want to tell the world about myself that day. Then I can go out and learn bits of other’s stories by what they are wearing and how they’re wearing it.
You seem like your fab all the time. How long does it usually take you to get dressed in the morning?
Thank you! This varies because I always get fully dressed even back in college. It’s just a childhood habit, my parents were big on self-representation. It really depends on if my curls want to cooperate or nah. They take on a life of their own. Most days I can do my full routine in about an hour.
Yikes [laughs]! Since you’re obviously into taking your time and executing your best look, what are your top tips when it comes to putting together a killer outfit?
Make sure your items are in good condition, resole your heels ladies. Get the fit right, if you don’t have a tailor, get one.
Pick a theme for your look. It’ll help create a visual in your head and give focus to help you choose the right pieces to execute.
Pretty solid advice. With that said, what makes you a ‘fashion killa’?
Confidence, it really is the game changer. I always feel poppin’ in whatever I wear or I won’t wear it.
Flip the pages to see just how “poppin'” Lay’s thread game really is.