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Margaret Williamson Bechtold


Creative consultant, writer, stylist, futurist. Margaret Williamson Bechtold is all of these things and more. She is talented and successful, leading the way for other women to pursue their passions from her home bases in both Austin, TX and New York City. Margaret is the brains behind indie magazine Girls Our Age, a sort of anthology of women from across the world, who contribute photography and writing, showcasing female creativity. The second issue is available now on Margaret’s website. Margaret is a true example of an empowering, empowered woman. Who better to light the way for others?


How do you start your day off?

Milk Makeup Matcha cleanser and Jurlique face oil, before coffee and e-mails on my back porch (if I’m in Austin.) Iced coffee to-go on a nice long walk if I’m in New York.

What’s going on in the background when you are getting ready?

Podcasts or the WNYC app in the morning, or Spotify playlists before a night out.

You never leave home without…

Dimes lip balm and my phone.


What are your closet essentials?

I’m on a blouse kick right now, with a 70’s tuxedo shirt I found in Paris currently in heavy rotation. Plus, vintage oversized Wranglers, refitted mechanics suits from Blitz London, my Being Apparel apron dress, Martiniano high glove heels, gold hoops from my friend Katie’s jewelry line, VADA, and Outdoor Voices crop and legging combos for workouts.

What is your biggest fashion regret?

No regrets! Well, I left some pretty great Dries pants behind at the Selfridges sale when I was in London late last year…Those are definitely still haunting me.

You always splurge on, and you always save on…

I shifted my spending a ton when I moved to Austin. You have to go out of your way to find fast fashion here, whereas in New York, it’s on every other block. Now I splurge on investment pieces that I know have some runway, and save by not spending on things I’m not totally in love with.

What is one piece of clothing you wish you could steal from your 16 year old self?

Yeesh…She can keep it all. My style has changed so much, and I hope it always continues to evolve.

Martiniano  Black High Glove Heels

What inspires your style most?

I love strong, creative women who create their own sort of uniform. And French girls on Instagram.

Your #1 style tip is…

Cull your closet down to things you love, that fit well and that you feel great in. A less-but-better edit makes it so much easier to get dressed and out the door.

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