On Style with Lindsay Cunningham

Lindsay Cunningham defines her style as “happy and comfortable.”
Lindsay Cunningham defines her style as “happy and comfortable.”

Lindsay Cunningham, 28, and her husband, Matt, moved to Charlotte because “it has seasons, and we’ll deal with the two months of winter instead of six,” she says. A native of Clarkston, Mich., Cunningham earned her B.A. in advertising at Michigan State, and became a certified yoga instructor in Chicago. She and Matt own NC Yoga Bar, a company that brings yoga to people and events, from bachelorette parties to Saturday morning classes at Lenny Boy Brewing Company. They have a Golden Doodle named Wrigley Julius Peppers, and are expecting their first child this summer.

Q. What’s the first outfit you remember choosing yourself?

A. I’m sure it didn’t match. It was probably a big Mickey Mouse sweater, and I had these leggings and I wore the stirrups on the outside of the shoes, because that’s how I thought they should be worn.

Q. What does style mean to you?

A. It’s an expression of how you feel. If you are happy with who you are, it shows.

Q. What would surprise people about your style choices?

A. How cheap they are. I’m fine with Old Navy and Target T-shirts, but then I’ll dress them up. And I’m not a shoe person.

Q. Why is that?

A. I think shoes are expensive. I have tennis shoes, colorful flip flops, plain brown or black flats, and my Sperry boat shoes. I’ll splurge on my brown winter boots because I know I can wear them with everything.

Q. What’s a fashion mistake many make?

A. Dressing for other people.

Q. How does your sense of style help you do your job?

A. My job is yoga. I wear what I feel comfortable in. Now that I have a belly as well, I am switching my yoga tops to things that have more breathing room. I can’t wear everything I used to wear, but I try to do everything I used to do.

Q. What should a woman never wear?

A. I don’t think there are rules about what you can and can’t wear. If you feel comfortable and confident, wear it.

Q. Where do you shop?

A. Target, LOFT, Banana Republic, The Gap, and I love consignment stores. I like Divine Consign, and One Hott Mamma is a maternity consignment store. Never ever would I purchase $120 jeans when I can get them for $20. And my friends send me their clothes, so I’m kind of closet shopping.

Q. What purse do you carry?

A. I go darker in the winter, and go back to this Kate Spade tote in the spring.

Q. What’s your favorite color?

A. Yellow. For clothing it’s mint or coral.

Q. Tell me two staples of your wardrobe.

A. White jeans are the “must have” in my closet. I wear sweaters and colorful shirts, and I feel good in them.

Q. Do you have a prized possession?

A. It’s a necklace that my grandfather gave me. It was his fraternity pin that he gave my grandmother, and he had it made into a necklace for me. I wore it in my wedding. It is gold with pearls and rubies in it.

Q. Describe your look.

A. Happy and comfortable.

Q. What does your hair say about you?

A. It says you will know what I’m doing that day. If I’m doing yoga, it’s in a ponytail. I accessorize a lot in my hair. I have a drawer full of flowers, and a drawer full of bows and sparkly barrettes. If I’m not teaching, my hair is down.

Q. What scent do you wear?

A. On one of our first gift exchanges, my husband bought me Dot, by Marc Jacobs, because he knew I’d like the bottle. I’m the type who buys wine for the labels.

Q. What’s your first choice in flowers?

A. Peonies.

Q. Are there any celebrities whose style you admire?

A. I love Jennifer Aniston. Her style is simple, plain, and she dresses it up with a scarf. She looks comfortable in what she wears.

Q. What do you always pack when you travel?

A. I always pack jeans and a white T-shirt and a good scarf. My husband and I traveled around the world for our honeymoon for six weeks and I was always on the lookout for scarves. Anything you can tell wasn’t from here.

Q. What was your favorite stop?

A. Istanbul, Turkey, with all the little bazaars on the street. The people and the culture were welcoming. It was eye-opening.

Q. What podcasts do you like?

A. I love This American Life’s “Serial,” and another called “Risk.”

Q. Tell me three things in your purse.

A. A carabiner full of hair ties, tape and ChapStick.

Q. What’s next on your list to buy?

A. A really cute maternity dress.

Q. What was your biggest splurge?

A. My wedding dress. I didn’t want to be one of those brides, but I was. The brand is Modern Trousseau and I bought it at Hayden Olivia Bridal.

Q. Your best bargain?

A. Probably my rehearsal dinner dress. I got it from Nordstrom Rack. I don’t know if those sales tags are real that say $650 and on sale for $50, but I believed it.

Q. What do you keep in your garage that you should throw away?

A. An old softball mitt. Maybe my kid will be a lefty, too.