People With Style

Dress ‘em up, or dress ‘em down: These four Tulsans have flair.

Photo by Dan Morgan.

Photo by Dan Morgan.

Todd Pyland

Creative director and principal at TPC – Todd Pyland Creative/Talmadge Powell Creative, a boutique ad agency and event planning company.

Wearing: Jacket, pants and shoes by Paul Smith; a T-shirt by BetterBoxProject.org, a campaign to end chronic homelessness by Mental Health Association Oklahoma, whose mission is to provide sustainable, affordable housing for people who have been living on the streets.

Is there a fashion icon or someone whose style you admire most? Tom Ford is one of my favorite fashion icons. He came from humble beginnings in Texas and eventually rose to fame as the creative director of Gucci. He then created his own fashion label and continuously pushes the envelope in all things luxury, design and style.
What is your favorite accessory? Vintage cufflinks from an antique shop in Abilene, Texas, called Fabulous Finds.

When you want to look great with little effort, what’s your go-to outfit? Dark blue J. Brand jeans and a blue blazer from Banana Republic with a cotton button-down oxford from Uniqlo, with Tod’s driving moccasins. Add a ball cap if it’s a Saturday.

 

Photo by Brandon Scott

Photo by Brandon Scott

Lisa Bennett Antry

Recently retired

Wearing: Isabel Marant leather skirt, Zara green suede top, vintage Sergio Rossi suede boots, Chloe Runway bag, Etro scarf.

Is there a fashion icon or someone whose style you admire most? I admire anyone who has a style that suits his or her lifestyle and personality. But I do favor friends that add a surprise element now and then. I like a biker look with pearls or a “Jackie O” in Ray-Bans every once in a while.

What is your favorite article of clothing? A large scarf, usually from Etro or Hermes, because they are so beautiful and versatile and I’m always on a plane.

What is your favorite accessory? The right watch. A friend told me recently she was positive watches would soon be passé. I hope she is correct. I will start a serious collection.

When you want to look great with little effort, what’s your go-to outfit? J. Brand leather skinnies with a white T-shirt in summer, or an oversized sweater in winter, with heels or boots and a scarf.

Do you prefer to dress up or dress down? When I dress up, I feel fun immediately. Like the way you feel energized just because you step on a plane to New York City.

 

Photo by Brandon Scott.

Photo by Brandon Scott.

Taft Welch

Business development manager, TEKsystems Global Services

Wearing: Blue Saks Fifth Avenue New York suit; Saks Fifth Avenue Italian tie; Tag Heuer Carrera watch.

Is there a fashion icon or someone whose style you admire most? I remember when my Papa Welch got me knee high socks for Christmas. I thought, “That was nice, they ought to keep me warm.” Later I learned that it was a pet peeve of his to see other businessmen’s ankles/legs when they crossed their legs. Since then I’ve found myself being critical of the same thing. My grandpa also had a lot of very nice business suits. They were all tailored professionally and had his initials hand-stitched inside. They were always neatly hung up with a matching vest and tie. The man had class.

What is your favorite article of clothing? The shoes. Forrest Gump was right – you can judge a man by his shoes.

What is your favorite accessory? My watch. I feel naked without one.
Do you prefer to dress up or dress down? I want to say “down” because I love jeans, but I’ve got to be honest – similar to my dad’s habit of over-packing for trips, I’d rather be overdressed than under.

 

Photo by Dan Morgan.

Photo by Dan Morgan.

Cheena Pazzo

Director, Community and Physician Relations, St. John Health System

Wearing: Okie Grown shirt (sold at Dwelling Spaces); Rag & Bone jeans; Prada wedge sneakers; Michael Kors watch; Dita Mach-One sunglasses; Oklahoma bracelet from REC-Collection (at Dwelling Spaces).

Is there a fashion icon or someone whose style you admire most? My favorite at the moment is Olivia Palermo. She has such an exquisitely upscale, casual style and flawlessly mixes the classics with contemporary and vintage pieces. I appreciate a versatile and creative sense of self and fashion.

What was your first fashion moment? In kindergarten I wore the most awful, ill-fitting maroon corduroy pants and white sweater. I was furious all day. During recess we had a free throw contest (which I was convinced I would win), but I was so upset about my outfit that I couldn’t focus. I cried and explained to my gym teacher that my terrible pants ruined everything. She wasn’t amused. To this day I’ll never wear something that makes me unhappy.

What is your favorite article of clothing? My Alice + Olivia purple dress. It has a fit-and-flare cut with a cutout back and leather waistband. It’s both pretty and a little edgy.

What song best describes your fashion sense or sense of style? “I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash.