Jodie in her own words …

Jodie on The High Line, NYC

Jodie on The High Line, NYC, wearing one of her favorite outfits

I met Jodie Berlin Morrow in the early 1980s after I graduated college. I was taking a walk in my neighborhood with my mom (probably pondering my future) when we ran into Jodie. Because, for a brief and wonderful interlude in her life as a New Yorker, she lived in my town in New Jersey and became our neighbor and very special friend. Jodie eventually moved back to New York and we lost touch with her until a few years ago when we all reconnected. How happy my mom and I are to have Jodie back in our lives. She is a beautiful woman with the gift of bringing out the best in us. Stylish as always, she truly inspires me. But enough from me. Now, Jodie, in her own words …

I didn’t have any identifiable style until I was in my early 40s. Before that, I had worked in a school setting and in human resources, and I wasn’t that interested in fashion. A significant change happened when I became the owner of an antique store, and that is when I began to find out what I liked. It took leaving those earlier environments and becoming a buyer for my own store, responsible for choosing and selecting pieces that I liked, to change my style perspective. I would travel to do my buying and developed new relationships and friendships along the way. I soon fell in love with vintage. I began to wear Victorian Whites and I started to buy clothes that felt like me and that I absolutely loved …

About this time another important thing happened. My very dear friend, Nancy Schneider, had a store in the city called Nancy and Company. Nancy has an eye for style and she had great clothes with detail and beautiful edges and brands that suited me. I began to work there on Saturdays and it opened my eyes to a whole new way of dressing. Nancy and Company is now located in East Hampton …

I have no wish to be elegant. I have a wish to be dramatic and downtown …

I like costumes! …

My style is still a bit vintage and feminine. I love soft fabrics but I don’t wear many prints. I also love military influences. I wear very little color. I wear black and white; white pants in the summer and black in the winter – tight black pants. The look of a black jacket has become my signature. I love to wear jeans with boots and I also love to wear hats, like the purple hat in the photo; I feel perky when I wear them …

When I love something – I wear it all the time. I don’t buy a lot of clothes, but I will buy two of something I love. That came from my husband, Bruce. He suggested that when I love something, I buy two of the same thing. And I don’t mind if someone has seen me in it …

I only have black handbags but I would like a red one. I am ready for a red one. Every time I come out of a mammogram and the news is good, I splurge on a great black handbag. It has become a celebration of my life and an investment for my future …

I don’t dress that much differently now than I did when I was younger, except that now I wear more jewelry. I’ve become a bracelet person! …

I love when I hear someone say, ‘that looks like you!’ It makes me feel special that they recognize my individual style.”

~ Jodie Berlin Morrow, Ph.D.

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