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Spring style show benefits children and families

By By Jen Wood Cunningham
WV Style Team

Locals — many of them decked out in the latest spring fashions — packed the Women’s Club of Charleston over the weekend for a style show to benefit the YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter for Homeless Women and Families.

The show — known for giving audiences a chance to show off their own sense of style — also gave guests a preview of this season’s hottest fashions while raising funds to clothe, feed, educate and provide housing and shelter to those in need.

The spring fashions — modeled by the community leaders volunteering for the show — were fun and flirty for the warm spring weather that’s finally arrived, and the ensembles gave guests a look at styles that would work from day to evening and themes that anyone can pull off this season.

Bright shades of yellow, green, pink, red and blue were paired with classic black and white for ladies from retailers Chico’s, Talbots and White House | Black Market.

Feminine silhouettes are always in and work for everyone. This spring, they take two forms — A-line dresses and tailored jackets, which both show off the narrowness of the natural waist.

In addition to shades of bright, the brightest shade of all — crisp white — took center stage in the show.

White jackets with embellishments give some fun to the weekend and evening wardrobe for cool summer nights.

A motorcycle jacket — affectionately referred to as “moto” by those who adore this look — is really hot in white this year.

The sophisticated white moto jacket by White House | Black Market is polished enough for day wear when utilized as a variation of a suit jacket with a classic sheath dress, and can easily go into evening when paired with jeans and sparkling accessories.

Traditional spring menswear also made an appearance in the show. Lightweight sport coats and suits along with well-fitting business casual and casual wear are always in for spring. Lots of small details like subtle lines and patterns and muted tones work great for men this spring.

Looks worthy of a trip to the office or the golf course were featured from Kelley’s Men’s Shop.

In addition to the great fashions donned by the models during the show, the attendees showed off classic styles from their own wardrobes.

Ladies in pastels and watercolor patterns graced the Women’s Club, in addition to the many ladies wearing the classic black and white combination, a look that works for any shape, size or age.

All of the models and many of the attendees have something in common — they understand and value the efforts of the YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter.

One model in particular knows how the YWCA benefits women and families in our community. Sharon Pendleton — who says the program “gave me the hand up I needed to turn my life around” — is one of Sojourner’s success stories.

Employed by Embassy Suites, Pendleton was the first Woman of Achievement Empowerment Award winner and also owns and operates a cleaning and adult care assistance service called X-tra Helping Hands.

She is a mother, grandmother and first-time home owner currently pursuing a degree and career as a substance abuse counselor.

Pendleton was joined in the show with YWCA staff members Dee Thompson and Matt McMillion and YWCA supporters Christa Hamra, Sharon Pendleton, Christopher Vincent, Joan White, Kelsey Hall, Nina Surbaugh, Frank Fazzolari, Willene Ingram, Jacqueline Bevan, La Torya Cummings and event emcee Amanda Barren.

The YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter for Homeless Women and Families provides emergency shelter and support every day of the year to women, children and families in our community.


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