Three of Atlanta’s most fashionable women unveil the secrets to their style—and how to stand out in a sea of sartorial sameness.
Karen Spencer Welanetz
Dress, 16Arlington; shoes, Rochas.
Dtox Juice owner Karen Spencer Welanetz is most certainly known for her taste, often discovering emerging brands to the delight of those that follow her on Instagram. Welanetz prefers comfortable long dresses and belted skirts paired with Supergas or sandals for a classic day look, rounded out with classic gold floral jewelry. Winter usually brings monochromatic layers of textured camel and gray. Inspired by her travels and the surrounding environs, Welanetz picks up pieces from around the globe such as earrings in Dubai and locally made beaded skirts in India, making for a truly unique—and fashion-forward—look. When at home in Atlanta, you can find her at Ann Mashburn, Pieces, Rebecca, Range and Jeffrey Atlanta, where she might be perusing some fall trends such as high-waisted satin cargo pants and matching velvet blazers, pleated skirts, bag belts, headbands and all things striped.
Dr. Bahar Nia
Dress, by Alexander McQueen at Saks Fifth Avenue; shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti; hair by Blowout Artist; makeup by Melvin Medina at Saks Fifth Avenue; styled by Tyron Coachman.
Cosmetic dentist Bahar Nia, DMD, lives by the iconic Coco Chanel mantra: “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” As an Ivy League graduate and award-winning dentist, the owner of Buckhead Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, Nia is a living tribute to her idol’s words. Her current fall favorites include Chanel’s newly unveiled Egyptian collection, as well as graphic prints by brands such as Alexander McQueen. Describing her signature look as “classic chic with a modern twist,” Nia’s wardrobe is a study in ways to make office-appropriate workwear look glamorous. While she prefers a black-and-white palette that she sources from places like Saks Fifth Avenue and The Shops Buckhead Atlanta, you can find her experimenting with her weekend look with such items as a pair of wedge sneakers or a tailored jacket with jeans.
Dress, by Michael Kors Collection at Saks Fifth Avenue; shoes, by Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello at Jeffrey Atlanta; coat, by Dries Van Noten at Jeffrey Atlanta; Apple Watch strap, Louis Vuitton; 18K yellow gold hoop earrings with yellow, light green and multicolor sapphires, and Roberto Coin Princess diamond ring, courtesy of Brown and Co. Jewelers, brownjewelers.com; makeup, Scoobie West & Company, scoobiewest.com.
For Marsha Archer, founder and president of M-Squared Public Relations, style is constantly evolving. Archer’s style is quite effortless—timeless, but still relevant and spicy. “My look really depends on the mood, the season, the movement, the occasion,” she says. “I will always have a lipstick with a pop of color and an unmatched mani-pedi.” You’ll find this businesswoman running her company of 11 years and two locations through the fast-paced world of PR while also juggling a large amount of philanthropic work. Case in point: She’s a co-chair for this year’s Jeffrey Fashion Cares, one of Atlanta’s most prominent philanthropic—and fashionable—affairs. When she has a break from her hectic schedule, Archer loves to shop at Atlanta staples like Jeffrey Atlanta, of course, Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus, along with online shopping, for brands like Milly, alice + olivia and Derek Lam. You’ll catch her in her signature look of a “dress with amazing heels,” she says, 99% of the time.
Photography by: Patrick Heagney