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Cynthia Rowley on What to Wear at the Start of a New Year

Plus, she shares her latest favorites from her brand.
Cynthia Rowley
January 9, 2024

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Skimm Her Life is a series in our weekly newsletter, Skimm Your Life, where smart women share their favorite things.

Need tips on how to dress this season? We got you. Queen of cool and iconic fashion designer Cynthia Rowley is here to share all her go-tos. Cynthia, take it away…

Smartest purchase you’ve made recently?

A vacation.

Something you always have in your bag?

I love to keep a deck of playing cards in case we want to play a card game at dinner or out at the bar.

What’s on your nightstand?

Post-it notes with middle of the night ideas, tasks, and inspo.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

You’re only as happy as your least happy kid.

Favorite surprisingly useful item?

A sleep mask — can’t live without it.

Your current favorite podcast to listen to?

How I Built This” and  “The Great Creators” podcasts by Guy Raz.

Your favorite pieces from Cynthia Rowley at the moment?

Surf (always), new ski gear, sexy nighttime looks, and the backgammon sets.

Dressing this time of the year can be hard because people want to prioritize warmth. Do you have any tips on feeling put together without freezing?

If you get yourself the warmest coat you can find, you can throw it over everything. If you’re bold, add some over-the-elbow gloves.

What three pieces should people be buying at the start of a new year?

Seasonless cargo pants, a cool blazer, and a big buckle belt to refresh.

What’s a timeless piece worth investing in that’ll last for years?

A wetsuit. It keeps you warm, has built-in SPF 50+, makes you look like a superhero, and isn’t just for surfing.

Psst: This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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