Or let this personal shopper guide you. The key to looking good, she says, is finding what works.
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Chudzinski—Nicole Chudzinski. Personal Shopper Extraordinaire.
“My goal every day is to make each woman who walks in our door feel a little better about herself when she leaves,” says Chudzinski, who holds court every day at Bel Boutique in the heart of Downtown Dover. “And it’s actually really fun.”
Not to mention educational.
“You’ve really got to learn about what looks best on each person,” she says. “Sure, I can dress myself and I know what looks good for me, but I have to know what looks good on each and every one of our clients.”
Those clients are steady on Chudzinski’s mind.
“When [owner] Erin [Tinsley] and I go to New York on buying trips, I can hold up a piece and know immediately who it will look best on,” she says.
A fashion savant, the Wesley grad would come back to Delaware after holiday breaks in her native New York wearing clothes that made everyone stare.
“I remember once being in a bar, wearing these knee-high furry boots a few years ago, and every girl was looking at me like I was ridiculous,” she says with a laugh. “But then they were everywhere on campus the following year.”
Chudzinski pads around Bel Boutique in chic flats, skinny jeans, a fitted T and a loosely knotted scarf most days, but when it comes to a night on the town, she reaches for one of her many breezy, bohemian-style frocks and layers on the chunky bracelets. On her feet go her wedges—“Usually Steve Madden. Somehow they make my feet look good”—and she’s off.
From May to August her closet overflows with sundresses, her must-have summer accessory.
“I love that we’re at a point in fashion where I can wear a dress to the supermarket and not get stared at,” she says.
One of her faves is a cap-sleeved silk purple and pink paint-splash dress by BB Dakota. “It’s such a fun little pop of color,” she says.
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