Each month, Coast Monthly visits with some of the most charming people on the Texas Coast to chat about their style.
When Jenny Sanders was growing up, she pursued her own personal fashion style.
“I had extreme hairstyles, wore graphic and bold prints, but followed my dream of getting a degree in fashion,” she said.
Her Santa Fe home contains drawers full of vintage accessories and closets filled to the brim of clothes made of linen and lace.
“On a day-to-day basis, people will stop me and ask what I’m wearing,” said Sanders, who looks at clothing the way an artist might look at a painting.
Fascinated by workmanship, Sanders stays on a perpetual quest to find fashion items that tell a story, she said. The mother of two homeschools her high school son and teaches gifted-and-talented students online at the University of Houston’s main campus.
She spends her downtime walking on Galveston beaches with her husband, searching for sea glass.
This spring, she’ll be wearing lots of layers because of the changing weather. Sanders calls her fashion style romantic with a Western twist.
Here are a few of her favorite things:
Cowgirl boots: I saw these Ariat Gypsy Soule boots at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, but couldn’t afford them at the time, so I took a picture of them and gifted them to myself a few years later.
Bracelet: My husband gave me this James Avery bracelet on my birthday, and I wear it every day. The inscription, “And lo, I am with you always,” reminds me of what’s important in life.
Belt buckle: I love unique, one-of-a-kind things. My mom made this from an antique belt buckle and vintage jewelry. It is not only special, but reminds me to be appreciative of objects from the past.
Heart-shaped glass: I got this at a resale shop in Galveston and it immediately spoke to me. I can imagine the house where this item existed, the woman who owned it, and wondered if it may have been a gift. Everything has a story.
Vintage necklace: This Virgin Mary medallion is actually a brooch and was repurposed by a friend who took the pin off the back and added the pearls. I can wear it as a choker or draping down my neck.
Antique shrug: I got this antique crochet and tatted lace shrug at Somewhere in Time Antiques in Galveston. The woman who owned it was a descendant of John Egert, whose firm helped design and build the Galveston seawall as well as being involved in the grade-raising effort during the post-1900 Storm.
China: This set belonged to my paternal grandmother and I remember when she would set the holiday table with these. It reminds me of all the laughter, the conversations and family time.
Jacket: This is by Scully and is a birthday gift from my husband that I absolutely adore. People stop me at the rodeo to admire it. Suede with silk lining, it is stunning for sure.