Judie Schwartz

STYLE MATTERS: What the well-dressed sweaty professional wears to the office

Contributing Columnist

The heat is unbearable, I will grant you that. But it’s no reason for stylish readers to sacrifice their professional dress standards. If nothing else, think of your colleagues. Who wants to sit next to someone with Lake Michigan size armpit sweat stains or have to hold up their iPads in a vain attempt to block the odors of a deodorant that has long ago waved the white flag. It’s possible to look good even while the temperatures climb.

STYLE MATTERS: HBO’s Veep starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Women politicians and their fashions — the messages they send

Contributing Columnist

Many citizens of this country admit to being embarrassed that the United States, the leader of the free world, has yet to elect a female vice president or president. Veep, an HBO vehicle for Seinfeld alumna Julia Louis-Dreyfus, will do nothing to allay their concerns. Even the name of the show evokes a wince or two. Veep? Sounds like a pet the Flintstones might have owned. JLD plays Vice President Selina Meyers, the same character type she played on Seinfeld and New Adventures of the Old Christine — Elaine, always Elaine.

STYLE MATTERS: Madeleine Albright: “Read my Pins”

Contributing Columnist

Instead of “Read my Lips,” Madeleine Albright, the first woman secretary of state, prefers “Read my Pins.” Over the years Albright collected hundreds of pins, each with a symbolic message and an anecdote. A selection of her favorites is currently part of an exhibit at the Denver Art Museum called, “Read My Pins, the Madeleine Albright Collection.” The pins arrived in Denver April 15 and will be on display until June 17.

Style Matters attends the YSL exhibit and gala

The Colorado Statesman

Not since the Democratic National Convention has so much national and international attention focused on Denver. But this time, it wasn’t politicos descending on the Mile High City — it was fashionistas, art aficionados, and a chatty group of sophisticated French fashion-lovers all here to see the Yves Saint Laurent retrospective. What a coup! What a “get!” Denver is the only city in the United States that will host this exhibit. As the promotional material brags: Paris, Madrid, Denver. Denver? Snagging one of the great fashion exhibits of the 20th century by one of the top designers perhaps of all time? Mon Dieu! How did that happen?

Spring Fashion 2012

GUEST COLUMNIST

I wish I could announce that Spring fashions are radically different from anything we’ve seen on the runway or in stores. Alas, what we are getting is basically more of last year. The good news is we can still wear what we purchased last Spring and enjoy a nice financial savings. For those of us who are yearning for fresh new styles, well we are just going to have to wait until designers get more creative.

New boutiques in town

GUEST COLUMNIST

The year 2008 was a disaster for locally owned Denver boutiques. About 40 stores, mostly owned by women, bit the dust due to the severe downturn in the economy. But, Style Matters is happy to announce that slowly but surely Denver’s retail scene is perking up. Although we lost Saks Fifth Avenue, we gained H&M. (Of course some would claim this is not at all a fair trade!)

Getting down with down-filled puffy coats

The Colorado Statesman

If there is one winter trend that has swept the country by storm from Manhattan fashionistas to Southern Cal beach bunnies, it is the puffy coat. I don’t mean the older version “Michelin Man” puffy coats. Those coats were so swollen with duck down feathers that wearers waddled instead of walked. And forget about wearing one on a plane. You’d need to buy the coat its own seat. No, what I’m talking about are the new thin, trim, stylish versions that come in a host of vibrant colors: hot pinks, blues, greens and purples along with good old dependable black.

Stylin’ at Citizen of the West

GUEST COLUMNIST

Lynne Cheney, former Second Lady of the United States, was first in the hearts of National Western Scholarship Trust supporters as she was honored as the 2012 Citizen of the West at a celebratory dinner Jan. 9 on the grounds of Denver’s annual western extravaganza. Her husband Dick Cheney, former vice president, had already been bestowed the honor in 1992. The award is given annually to a person or couple who represents the spirit and values of the West’s heritage. Monies raised at the dinner will fund about 750 scholarships for students studying agriculture at schools in Colorado and Wyoming.

What to buy your favorite lobbyist this holiday season

The Colorado Statesman

With very little thought, anybody can buy anyone a conventional holiday gift and many people do. Think of the boxes of candy you receive that go right into the garbage can — better there than on your hips. And what about bouquets of flowers? Not so good. They all eventually die (depressing), they drop dead leaves and petals, and the poor gift recipient has to clean them up. Happy Holidays to you too. With all the allergies and sensitivities in the workplace, perfume, colognes and aftershaves are verboten. Even certain deodorants overstep their olfactory boundaries.