Stepping Out: Artist Dresses for Comfort, Adds Accessories for Style

September 12, 2015  •  Leave a Comment


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Article & photos by Dara McBride • Published in the Cecil Whig 9/11/15

Who: Jessica St. Clair, 35, an Elkton resident who is a professional artist and owner of Jessica St. Clair Studio LLC.

You may have seen her work at the Cecil County Arts Council – which recently featured her “Something to Bark About” exhibit – or The Palette & The Page gallery. Sales from her Bark Remarks greetings allow her to aid the local shelter and rescue dogs featured in the works.

Personal style: St. Clair’s look is “fashionable-functional.”

“I like putting together outfits that allow me to comfortably move around when I’m busy working in the studio, yet are also stylish enough to drop by a gallery with artwork or meet clients to discuss a project without requiring a wardrobe change. Looking polished doesn’t mean having to dress to the nines, it can be accomplished even in jeans,” she said.

Although there’s no one person she looks to for style inspiration, she does admire the way female designers on home makeover shows “have a certain savvy for dressing comfortably enough to work hard without sacrificing style and sophistication.”

Wardrobe staples: St. Clair has a stockpile of camis in every color.

“I wear them alone, layer them for an extra pop of color and, in the chilly months, I put them under sweaters for an added layer of warmth and color,” she said.

Maxi skirts and sandals are her summer staples and jeans or fleece-lined leggings and boots are her go-to for winter.

Jewelry: The accessories are the most special part of the outfit for St. Clair.

“I have an appreciation for the time, effort and passion that goes into creating works of art, and it’s important to me to support other artists. Now I only purchase jewelry handmade by local artists, and have acquired some really amazing pieces,” she said.

Favorites include custom silver necklace pendants featuring her husband’s and her initials and special numbers by Kimie Ranken from Arts by the Bay Gallery, and a brushed silver cuff bracelet by Sta-C Peterson at The Palette & The Page.

What’s in her bag: Chapstick and a hairbrush.

Lifestyles: St. Clair grew up on the Jersey Shore and moved to the Elkton area when she and her husband, TC, took jobs at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

“I love the quaint little towns along the water here. My husband and I really enjoy celebrating special occasions with a fabulous meal at the Chesapeake Inn, a canal cruise on the Miss Clare, visiting the little shops in Chesapeake City and topping the day off with ice cream at Canal Creamery,” she said.

She likes capturing the area in her art too.

“It’s such a picturesque area to photograph and is even the inspiration of a collection I’m working on called ‘Vintage Charm.’”


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