Vegas Magazine - - Contents - an­drea ben­nett

EV­ERY DAY IS AN AD­VEN­TURE IN FASH­ION AT MY HOUSE, and I’m not talk­ing about my­self. (My daily uni­form, de­spite what you might see on social me­dia or this page, can prob­a­bly best be de­scribed as util­i­tar­ian.) No, the ad­ven­ture be­gins the mo­ment my 7-year-old daugh­ter walks out of her room, al­ways wield­ing the ac­ces­sory we’re pro­mot­ing on our cover: bravado. She has no fash­ion re­stric­tions (ex­cept be­ing suf­fi­ciently cov­ered), and there’s been more than one time I’ve sent her skip­ping to class look­ing like a rodeo clown. Who says match­ing is all about color co­or­di­na­tion? Some­times it’s about rock­ing an all-an­i­mal-themed en­sem­ble. Re­straint is for the unimag­i­na­tive. We can all learn some­thing from this.

Re­cent re­ported pres­i­den­tial edicts to women staffers to “dress like women” have sparked con­ver­sa­tion in our house. The #Dresslikea­woman cam­paign on Twit­ter has had us look­ing at pic­tures of a doc­tor do­ing an au­topsy in scrubs (and pearls!); Cal­i­for­nia Se­na­tor Ka­mala Har­ris’s tweeted pic­ture of Dr. Mae Jemi­son in full as­tro­naut suit; and of course the no­to­ri­ous RBG in ju­di­cial robes.

But to me, this isn’t just a con­ver­sa­tion about gen­der roles and what they should look like; it’s about self-ex­pres­sion worn lit­er­ally on your sleeve. It’s about break­ing out of uni­form—and maybe your com­fort zone—in the name of wear­ing some­thing just be­cause it makes you happy. In honor of our Spring Fash­ion is­sue, I plan to let my daugh­ter pick out this month’s out­fits. I have a feel­ing we’ll both be look­ing fab­u­lous.

Post your fab­u­lous spring looks on In­sta­gram @ve­g­as­magazine #theve­g­asedit. We’ll choose our fa­vorites by March 31 for an on­line read­ers’ spring fash­ion slideshow.

En­joy the is­sue!

clock­wise from top left: The de­light­ful and hi­lar­i­ous Jaymes Vaughan em­cee’d our record- break­ing Ve­gas Gives event at Grand Canal Shoppes; in­cred­i­ble tal­ent Vanessa Wil­liams was this year’s Ne­vada Bal­let Theater Black & White Ball hon­oree; I was thrilled to be at the same (long!) table with so many no­ta­bles at the fab­u­lous Ul­timo Grand Ban­quet at Vene­tian this year. (Bad­g­ley Mis­chka dress courtesy of Rent The Run­way.)

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