Seven years ago Dr. Peggy Fuller opened the Esthetics Center for Dermatology. She chose the name intentionally. Esthetics incorporates art, philosophy and beauty, she says. The daughter of sharecroppers, Fuller, 55, grew up on a working farm in Cedar Grove, N.C. She earned her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at the Boston VA Medical Center, and her dermatology residency at Brown University. As a dermatologist Fuller focuses on healthy hair, skin and nails. She believes if those three areas are in sync, you can wear a paper bag and look chic. Lynn Trenning
Q. Were your parents stylish?
A. Very much so. I remember my mother color blocking before it was fashionable.
Q. What does style mean to you?
A. Its ongoing. As one matures, style is something that always has to be edited and curated. I think Im out of another era. I love the gloves, the purses, the hats.
Q. Do you have any fashion role models?
A. Yes. My mother. Shala Monroque, Julia Sarr-Jamois and H.R.H Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser of Qatar.
Q. Where do you like to shop in Charlotte?
A. I love vintage and consignment. Capitol, and Sweet Repeats. I think Charlotte is a city where you need to find specific help. For shoes I get great help from Carlynn Hundley from Neiman Marcus and Selma Brown from the shoe salon at Nordstrom.
Q. Who helps you with makeup?
A. Andre Marcial at Neiman Marcus. He has a simple and effortless way of knowing what works for every event. He gets it just right, the right amount of polish, and the right amount panache.
Q. Have you picked up any special pieces on your travels?
A. I have a kimono that I purchased in Vietnam at China Beach that is very dear to me. I was given a sari in Sri Lanka thats pink and elaborate colors; its very beautiful.
Q. What is your skin care routine?
A. Cetafil Gentle, Aquaphor Healing Ointment, Ponds Dry Skin Cream, Aqua Gycolic Toner, to remove debris. I drink a lot of water, typically eat a salad every day, and get lots of sleep. I really think the focus is on nutrition and water.
Q. What was your best bargain?
A Balenciaga evening dress and these Prada sandals from Sweet Repeats.
Q. What fashion advice can you give to women?
A. Be open to different fabrics and colors. Have your clothing repaired and cleaned. Invest in a quality tailor. Find someone who is going to be painstakingly honest. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Invest in quality and not quantity. I detest clutter. I like to periodically edit the wardrobe. What works at 40 might not work at 50.
Q. What wouldnt you be caught dead wearing?
A. Bedroom slippers in the grocery store, sweatpants on an airplane. What is unsettling to me is the degree of sloppiness. People just seem like they dont care at all. In my 20s, I wanted to be at the top of my game.
Q. Tell me something good about getting older.
A. The confidence level, the gratitude. The zest and zeal for life. I love this age. I dont really take myself that seriously. I recognize how much I dont know and how much I love to learn. And this last chapter I just want to be a blessing to many people.
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