Smart Shopping with Charisse Bruin

Professional stylist Charisse Shontai Bruin is quickly making a name for herself in Savannah’s fashion world. Her brand, Charisse Styles, offers everything from wardrobe building to event styling, and she recently styled a commercial for Coca-Cola and Cinemark Cinemas’ #shareacoke campaign. Still, her favorite part of the job continues to be shopping with and for the everyday woman.

“I love seeing the look of surprise on a woman’s face when she feels confident and beautiful in an outfit she wouldn’t normally choose for herself,” she says. “Often we get stuck in thinking we know what looks best for us, but it’s never a bad idea to switch it up.”

To see her work in motion, we asked Charisse to style and model a week of locally sourced outfits inspired by the beauty and diversity of the city she calls home. 

Charisse wears a Blue Floral Cocoon Dress by Tracy Reese, $348 at Savannah Bleu; Elise M. Lasso belt, $31.50 at Copper Penny; headpiece from 13 Secrets. Photo by Beau Kester

MONDAY: “This outfit projects confidence and boldness, and it sets the tone for my week. I’m not afraid to wear bright colors, mix patterns or attach a large earring to my head scarf.”


Charisse wears an Albright Shirt by Eva Franco, $144, and Mint Julep skirt by Eva Franco, $188, both at Midge; bracelets by Andrew Hamilton Crawford at 13 Secrets; Renita heels by Vaneli, $135, and Alena purse by Lancaster Paris, $345, both at Globe Shoe Co. Photo by Beau Kester

TUESDAY: “I love mixing textures and prints. The navy and cream shirt mixed with a textured skirt and fall-appropriate mules are perfect for a lunch meeting with clients.”


Charisse wears a Sporty Jacquard Skirt by Byron Lars, $495 at Savannah Bleu; Halter keyhole top by Zoë, $78, and hoop earrings, $65, both at Copper Penny; bracelet by Charles Garnier Paris at 13 Secrets. Photo by Beau Kester

WEDNESDAY: “I want to be professional, but I don’t want my style hidden by a two-piece suit. I love the femininity of a fitted pencil skirt. It’s heavy and dark enough for fall but paired with a soft berry top, it’s just right for the end of summer.”


Charisse wears a ZZ Top Texas Tee by Midnight Rider, $56, Eco Leather Skirt by Bailey/44, $182, denim jacket in American Kiss by McGuire, $298, and Madison Crossbody purse by K. Slade, $210, all at Midge; Miz-Mooz Darien boots, $200 at Globe Shoe Co., Walk On sunglasses by Quay Australia at Copper Penny; earrings from 13 Secrets. Photo by Beau Kester.

THURSDAY: “For a day of shopping, I want to be cute and comfortable. A denim jacket paired with a leather jacket and rocker team scream ‘fun.'”


Charisse wears a poncho by Tyler Böe, $198, Verdugo ankle jeans by Paige, Tassel necklace, $28, all at Copper Penny

FRIDAY: “Fringe is in this season, and I love mixing cool and warm tones. This poncho with warm olive pants and gold accessories is fun, but not over the top.”


Charisse wears an Eliza Dress by Hutch, $238 at Copper Penny; necklaces from Red Clover. Photo by Beau Kester

SATURDAY: “You can’t go wrong with a classic LBD. I love the sexiness of a one-shoulder dress and the salsa-like ruffle at the bottom. I feel my best when my hair is out and flourishing — doesn’t matter what I’m wearing. My hair is an accessory and a personality.”


Charisse wears Crossback Pullover by Michael Stan, $178, freshwater pearl necklace by What’s Hot Jewelry, $38, both at Copper Penny; Palazzo pants by Tracy Reese at Savannah Bleu; earrings from 13 Secrets. Photo by Beau Kester

SUNDAY:”When I’m at home, I like to unwind, have coffee and write. I can’t lounge if I’m not in comfortable clothes, so I live in sweaters, oversized pants and slippers.”


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