Each month, Coast Monthly peeks into the closets of some of the most fashionable people on the upper Texas Coast.
Name: Benjetta West
Hometown: Clear Lake area
Occupation: Life Coach Clinician
Favorite designers: Tom Ford, Chanel.
Favorite places to shop: “I like boutiques. My favorite is In Style in Houston, but I also love Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, BCBG and H&M.”
Fashion bargain: “For stores, I think H&M has the best bargains, but for cities, I like New York City. They’re ahead of us, so they get first dibs on a lot of things.”
Dream fashion purchase: Any bag by Chanel or Celine.
Fashion crime: “If you wear things just because they’re trendy and others are wearing them, regardless of your own body type, that’s a fashion crime. I don’t follow trends, but I have been guilty in the past. I wear what complements my body, not what others are wearing.”
Celebrity closets she’d raid: Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna.
Signature outfit: Destroyed denim, white T-shirt, Christian Louboutin pumps.
Style icon: Rihanna.
Accessory she can’t live without: Neverfull Louis Vuitton tote and denim jeans.
Chanel earrings: “These are special to me because they were a gift from a friend who was showing her appreciation to me for supporting her while she was going through a hard time. I wear them every day and I think of her.”
Louis Vuitton purse: “My husband bought this tote purse for me as a gift because I had so many books, notes and my computer to carry around to my workshops. I couldn’t put anything in my other purses, but everything I need fits in this one. That’s why I wear it all the time.”
Michael Kors watch: “This watch is important to me as a therapist. I used to look at my cellphone for the time while I was with clients, and they used to wonder why I was looking at my phone instead of paying attention to them. So I bought this watch so I could keep the time with my clients, but I can go out wearing it as well.”
Louboutin shoes: “These were a surprise birthday gift to me from my husband. I only wear them on special occasions. We went to the mall and he’d already picked them out for me. They’re a classic pump, and he knew I would want them and I’d wear them with everything.”
James Avery butterfly bracelet: “I wear this butterfly bracelet every day because butterflies are beautiful and delicate. Because I’m a therapist, I wear this butterfly to remind me of the transformations that happen in life, and because I think I’m a delicate person, it represents me.”