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Fresh Perspective - Posted July 25, 2014 9:16 a.m.
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Fresh Perspective: Adrea Pearson, manager/women’s buyer, Raffkind’s Clothiers

Describe your personal style. Classic with updated twists. I don't always jump on the latest trends, but like to keep up with current styles since fashion is my livelihood.

Which fashion icon has most influenced your approach to style? I like the ultra-feminine classic ladies of the ’50s and ’60s. Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot ... I love pearls and femininity. Jennifer Aniston is a current inspiration of mine. I love her easy, classic style.

What is your greatest splurge? A great pair of shoes or boots. When one stands for a living like I do, good shoes can make your day!

What is your best feature? My smile.

Where do you find inspiration? Pinterest. I pin ideas for wardrobe components I already own and can recreate on days I don't feel inspired.

What most boosts your confidence? When an outfit comes together easily without looking contrived.

What is your biggest fashion pet-peeve? Ill-fitting clothes – too tight, too short, inappropriate in general, whether for size or for age.

What is a woman’s greatest asset? Confidence.

Which character trait do you most value in others? Integrity! My husband, Max, and I preach to our boys incessantly, ‘Integrity is who you are when no one is watching. If you feel like you have to hide something, you probably shouldn't be doing it. Be the same person all the time, no matter who you are with.’

What about in yourself? Being an open book. I am honest, sometimes to a fault.

What role has education had in your success? On-the-job training has been my best education. This October I'll celebrate 20 years at Raffkind's, so hopefully I've learned enough to graduate Retail 101 with honors.

Name a trend that needs to die. Too-short, high-waist cut-offs worn with a cropped top. It is unflattering and choppy-looking on even the thinnest lady.

What’s your top anti-aging secret? Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen! I wish someone had preached to me in my youth about the necessity of sunscreen. Now that the damage is done, Obagi and an occasional photofacial help, too.

How do you relieve stress? I believe in smiling my way through. Teasingly I say all the time, ‘Fake it ’til you make it!’ But it's true.

When are you happiest? My little family definitely makes me the happiest. Being home, gathered around our kitchen table, sharing time together. I also love being outside, preferably in our yard with Max, soaking up the sunshine, enjoying the fruits of our labor.

-- the AM Team

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