STYLE FILE: Melanie Griggs

NAME: Melanie Griggs

AGE: 47

OCCUPATION: Artist

Tell us about what you’re wearing.

“I’m wearing an embellished, white tank top with a grey and white stripe maxi skirt and an orange Michael Kors handbag.”

What’s the best fashion advice you’ve ever gotten?

“Dress your age and personality! Follow the trends only if you are comfortable wearing them, and never look like you’re trying too hard.”

What’s your favorite fashion trend right now?

“I love all the color, color, color!”

Finish these sentences. I splurge on ...

“Handbags. My two favorites are the Michael Kors handbags I’ve received for Mother’s Day. The orange bag I’m carrying is this year’s gift.”

I skimp on ...

“Running clothes, except for running shoes.”

Are you a shoe or handbag kind of woman?

“BOTH!”

How many do you own?

“Approximately 50 pairs of shoes but not as many purses.”

Name a celebrity whose closet you’d like to raid.

“Kelly Ripa. I like Kelly’s style because it looks like things I would wear and most celebrities’ style is way too out there for me. I like a classic style while still having fun.”

What’s the one beauty product you can’t live without?

“Lipstick … it’s more about the color than brand but I do like Merle Norman.”

What was your worst fashion mistake?

“Shoulder pads and ’80s hair.”

Your house is on fire and you can grab only one thing out of your closet; what would it be?

“My boys’ baby books.”

Pam Bordelon

Advocate staff writer