The Look

Mix Master

Kreatelier’s in-house senior design consultant Pernilla Frazier on her dress code rules and combining cute with cool

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"My style can best be described as something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue (or yellow, red, or green). I love color and mixing patterns and textures. My husband once summarized my style as ‘Little House on the Prairie punk,’ a quote from Transparent. I grew up in Sweden where people dress in a fairly monochromatic way with an emphasis on famous brands. Sometimes, I think my style is a result of those two things.

When looking for a piece of clothing, I go for either a fun pattern or a solid-colored piece, a three-dimensional interest — an asymmetrical feature, fun buttons, or interesting detail. 

I live and breathe colors, textures, and fabrics and apply the same rules to my dress code as to my decorating style. I like to be irreverent and unpredictable, and pair a vintage piece with something modern. I love cute dresses, but always make sure to combine it with not-too-cute accents. Boots and Doc Martens look great with a floral dress and there is nothing prettier than lots of pearls paired with jeans. 

I use the same handbag until it is worn and wear a few pieces of custom jewelry that I alternate between. I love big and chunky choker necklaces. Wendy Baker, a local jewelry designer, is my absolute favorite and has made some special pieces using my grandmother’s jewelry.

Most of my clothes are purchased in second-hand stores. It’s like treasure hunting (I also love antiquing) and find interesting pieces for a bargain. I love the store Anthropologie, but mostly go for inspiration.

Summer is my least favorite time of the year since I don’t like the heat. I wear sleeveless dresses or skinny pants with flowy tops, dreaming of fall when I can wear more layers. I also wear a lot more white, somehow thinking that it cools me down."