Learning Amy Appleton Dreyer’s style story.
Amy Appleton Dreyer wears many hats – mother, model, stylist and art director, as well as founder of the blog, Steps of Style. As a content creator with impeccable taste, whether displayed in her home or in her wardrobe, Amy’s Instagram page was what initially drew us to her. We can admit here that her travel style has influenced more than one of Team TS’ vacation packing. Her love of Bottega and understated fashion was what had us knowing we absolutely must learn all about what inspires her epic sartorial choices.
How do you start your day off?
I generally start my day off with a 2 year old thundering down the hallway, followed by a super secret coffee recipe that is life changing. Chobani extra creamy oat milk, concentrated cold brew and sugar free vanilla syrup – makes getting out of bed at 5:45am a little easier to swallow. Then, I do a pretty quick skincare routine using a combo of UBeauty, Facile and Marie Veronique. The vitamin C Ferulic is a must. The one thing I don’t do in the morning? Brush my hair.
What’s going on in the background when you are getting ready?
Whether I’m getting ready for work, date night or just a day with the kids, I like to play Lana Del Rey. She tends to drown out the sounds of screaming children and always gets me in the mood for a night out.
You never live home without…
I never leave home without my Smart Modern water bottle (the rubber straw is oddly satisfying), my Bottega aviators and iPhone 13 Pro.
What are your closet essentials?
Hands down, an oversized blazer – makes any outfit immediately more effortless and cool, and doubles as a coat for a night out. Oversized white pants are great for easy dressing, and I love to throw them on with the perfect tank or t-shirt. Especially a cropped tee for summer. Another essential for me is a lightweight trench coat to throw on over an LBD or a casual jogger/sneaker look.
What is your biggest fashion regret?
My biggest fashion regret is not taking more chances in my 20s and 30s and thinking I was too old or too this or too that, to just wear whatever the hell I wanted. And now, here I am in my 40s just enjoying my body and aging and all the things. Hallelujah!
You always splurge on, and you always save on…
I splurge on a fun bag. I love the mini Jodie in a fun colour by Bottega, or the Re-Editions bags by Prada. Both work great for daytime and evening looks.
I save on denim; vintage Levi’s on eBay.
What is one piece of clothing you wish you could steal from your 16 year old self?
I can honestly say I don’t want anything from my 16 year old self. Because unfortunately, I didn’t listen to my mom when she told me what was stylish. Turns out, my mom actually did know something. And I, on the other hand, was clueless.
What inspires your style most?
I am most inspired by travelling – seeing different cultures, people and places. It always invigorates my sense of style and gets my creative juices flowing.
Your #1 style tip is…
Always go with your gut. Don’t wait to wear something unique or different because you don’t look perfect in it or you don’t have the perfect place to wear it. And confidence truly is the best accessory. Sometimes, just a t-shirt and jeans looks amazing because the person wearing it feels so comfortable in their own skin (and comfy shoes don’t hurt either).
*IMAGES COURTESY OF AMY APPLETON DREYER
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