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STYLE SELF: Clean and Simple

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Whether she’s rocking at a Killers concert, taking in a movie with her two young sons or jetting to Los Angeles on business, Candy Myura stays serious about style.

“My job and my family life doesn’t afford me a lot of time,” says Myura, 33, of Pike Creek. “I’m not 25, out shopping every Saturday. I try to keep it simple. I know what works for me, what looks good for me.”

The look, for Myura, begins with slacks. “I spend a fortune on black pants,” she says. “They last forever and they’re timeless.”

Though Myura stays ultra busy, her attire is not. Sleek, clean lines are the foundation. She prefers to match traditional styles with a touch of trendy fashion.

After wearing suits at buttoned-down MBNA for 15 years, Myura was excited that her current employer practices business casual. “It’s very easy for women these days,” she says. “They have tons of pants and sweaters and cute little skirts
and things that you can mix
and match.”

At the office, for example, a typical ensemble for Myura is simple but stylish black slacks by Elie Tahari and a pink, collared Ann Taylor blouse over a white Old Navy T-shirt. Black Linea Roma heels
accentuate the biz-caz feel.

As director of operations for Wilmington-based Appletree Answering Services, Myura is about to share her fashion sense with 250 employees by developing the company’s new dress code. “We find that people really perform better when they feel good about themselves,” she says.

Myura enjoys a fringe benefit from her position at Appletree—she gets to travel to cities such as Los Angeles, which lets her carve out some me-time to shop in tony districts such as The Block.

“You can get the latest Armani and Dolce & Gabbana, BCBG—just really, really terrific styles at dirt-cheap prices,” she says. “You can afford to be more trendy with jeans.”

Jeans, to Myura, are for happy hour and clubbing. She can be spotted at a concert in her favorite low-rise denims, a tight T, sexy heels “and more makeup than I typically would wear,” she says. “Again I’m not 25 anymore, so I have to look the part.”

When it comes to makeup, Myura is low-maintenance. A licensed cosmetologist, she swears by Arbonne—especially a mineral powder foundation that contains sun protection, “which is critical,” she says. She uses a bronzer instead of blush to achieve a sun-kissed, healthy appearance. Black mascara and lipstick provide finishing touches.

In keeping with the minimalist approach, accessories are also sparse. Silver hoops go with everything. Diamond earrings are, as they say, timeless. Myura shuns necklaces. “I keep my jewelry very simple,” she says. “It gets too complicated if you have to mix and match.”

Myura’s pink Vera Bradley backpack is as functional as it is a fashion statement. “It serves as a purse through the week, and it can be used as a diaper bag on the weekends,” she says.

Victoria’s Secret is another integral part of Myura’s wardrobe. “Even though it’s not exposed to the world, it makes women feel sexy when they have pretty undergarments on,” she says. Myura’s toe rings, which are exposed to others when she wears open-toed shoes, provide another touch of sexy.

Because she colors and trims her own hair (she recently became a Redken color specialist), Myura is able to avoid the salon habit—almost. She admits to regular visits to Kevin at Belle Beauté Salon for a manicure and pedicure every three weeks.

“Always French,” she says. “Again, clean and simple. It goes with everything.”

—Drew Ostroski

 

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