Style Icon: Paige Patterson


Paige renovated then sold her own Eastlake home before moving to Lake Martin. Chambray shirt and white/yellow/rose gold earrings from Little Black Dress in Alex City, Chico’s jeans, Cynthia Rowley booties, Ralph Lauren “Jackie O” sunglasses, Collection XIIX infinity scarf.

Paige Patterson, Realtor

Written and styled by Tracy James

Photographed by Chuck St. John

 

Among my past Style Icon features, never has someone cited sassy Karen Walker, aka Anastasia Beaverhausen, of Will & Grace fame as his or her style mentor. But as “Top 40 under 40” realtor Paige Patterson crosses the wet lawn of a Roebuck Springs home she recently sold to greet me in heels and a cheetah-printed sheath, I know she has named her inspiration thoughtfully. During a phone interview before our meeting, Paige extolled the style virtues of TV’s most cheeky assistant: “witty, confident, savvy, and not a size 2.” But unlike the snobbish socialite, Paige is as down-to-earth as they come, and her style is led with a smile.

A native of Boaz, Ala., Paige cut her teeth working retail at the height of the outlet mall craze. While her friends peddled Americana at the likes of J.Crew and Ralph Lauren, she logged hours at the less cool Eagle’s Eye and Bass. However, Paige still aspired to be a “prep.” So when the resident high school mean girl flicked Paige’s round tortoise shell glasses and called her a “preppy girl,” Paige felt more flattered than bullied. “I was so excited that she ‘got’ my look!” she exclaims.

These days, Paige’s shopping haunts include Chico’s (“Their pants fit me well,” she reports), Belk, thrift stores, and her friend’s closets. Her outlet mall tenure gave her an appreciation for a bargain and the realization that clothes don’t have to be expensive to look good. That said, quality not quantity is the rule of thumb in her closet. As a realtor, she is always on the job, even if just grocery shopping where she might run into a client. A polished exterior instills confidence that Paige can expertly handle any property. To stay budget conscious, Paige prefers pieces that can mix and match, thus expanding her wardrobe.

Since Paige moved from historic Eastlake to Lake Martin and is now, according to her self-titled website, serving as a “bridge between city and lake,” she asks a lot of her clothes. In the course of a typical 13-hour work day, which begins and ends with two toddlers, Paige will meet with current and potential clients, show properties in the city and/or on Lake Martin, lunch with friends or co-agent Erle Morring, and maybe even attend a community event or chair a board meeting. Ensembles that multitask are a must; she prefers cuts and fabrics that can stay together all day then be thrown in the laundry at night when she trades her heels for feathered slippers.

Never a conformist, always funky and fun, Paige expresses her ebullience via her accessories, whether an artsy scarf or hand-crafted cuff. After their wedding five years ago, her husband, Brian, gifted his new wife a Heather Moore necklace, which he is gradually filling with charms representing milestones through the years. On Paige’s wish list is a “$1 million sale” charm.

Evident in Paige is a solid sense of self, which translates to helping her clients decipher and find their perfect home style. In her enthusiastic fashion, she advises, “Embrace who, what, and where you are, baby!”

One sweater, two ways. A Jones New York winter floral cardigan does double duty - on the left, worn over a simple DKNY black sheath with mixed pearl jewelry (Chico's bracelet and vintage necklaces) and Anne Klein shoes; on the right, Anne Klein pants and silk top, Donald Pliner shoes, Erica Lyons bangles and necklaces. Paige boldly mixes pattern over pattern by following the guideline of larger pattern over smaller pattern. The monochromatic palette underneath creates a column of color over which she can wear almost anything, opening the door to her collection of cardigans and jackets. Note: Paige stands in front of stained glass windows in a Roebuck Springs home she recently sold.

One sweater, two ways. A Jones New York winter floral cardigan does double duty – on the left, worn over a simple DKNY black sheath with mixed pearl jewelry (Chico’s bracelet and vintage necklaces) and Anne Klein shoes; on the right, Anne Klein pants and silk top, Donald Pliner shoes, Erica Lyons bangles and necklaces.

Looking ready for that infamous Paige Patterson performance, Paige stands in the entry way of a client's recently sold Roebuck Springs home donning a Kasper jacket in an autumnal rust hue over a Kasper cheetah print sheath. Fierce! Anne Klein shoes (comfortable enough to wear all day and with a heel that won't sink into the grass as she crosses lawn after lawn) and Black House/White Market jewelry completes the look.

Looking ready for that infamous Paige Patterson performance, Paige stands in the entry way of a client’s recently sold Roebuck Springs home donning a Kasper jacket in an autumnal rust hue over a Kasper cheetah print sheath. Fierce! Anne Klein shoes (comfortable enough to wear all day and with a heel that won’t sink into the grass as she crosses lawn after lawn) and Black House/White Market jewelry completes the look.

One of Paige’s favorite necklaces, a copper patina maple leaf created by Mississippi artist Linda Lindale, hangs on a sign welcoming visitors to her new Lake Martin digs.

One Response to “Style Icon: Paige Patterson”

  1. Frances Emmerke says:

    Paige, did not know you had moved! That is great!!! I really miss you and I also miss our Thanksgivings together. I remember so well the last one we had and also the “miss Buddy” party you had for me at your home. So much has changed in our lives since we have been together. I thought of you yesterday when I was on 280. Remember, I still call you my angel from heaven. This is the greatest article and you look fabulous!!! And also, what about those precious boys, all 3 of them and I have never met 2 of them. I do not like that but I can say I have seen plenty of pictures and have loved every one of them, so keep clicking away please. I love you so kiss your men for me. Keep up the good work and I know you will. Call me sometime and better yet come by THE FITTING TOUCH at the Summit to see me. I am only there on Thursdays and Saturday from 11 to 2 or 3 o’clock. I love it and the bra’s are unbelievable!!! I call myself a greeter and they don’t even need me. Love you, Frances #205-777-2553

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