Valentine’s Edition: Jana & Carey Rome


A favorite pastime, Carey and Jana meet at the Cahaba Heights Starbucks near their home. On Carey: Scott James sport coat, Robert Talbott pocket square, J. Hilburn shirt, Canali belt, J. Brand jeans, Ferragamo shoes. On Jana: Stella & Dot necklace, Renee C. pant, Pilcro top, TKO watch, Flogg "Danyelle" shoes.

A favorite pastime, Carey and Jana meet at the Cahaba Heights Starbucks near their home. On Carey: Scott James sport coat, Robert Talbott pocket square, J. Hilburn shirt, Canali belt, J. Brand jeans, Ferragamo shoes. On Jana: Stella & Dot necklace, Renee C. pant, Pilcro top, TKO watch, Flogg “Danyelle” shoes.

Jana & Carey Rome

Written and styled by Tracy James 

Photographed by Chuck St. John

 

“I think Carey is the best-dressed man I know,” says his wife, Jana. That’s high praise from the mother of 3 and co-owner of the Homewood boutique Shoefly, who is stylish in her own right. “He has a true eye for men’s fashion,” she continues. “He can rock a pocket square and sport coat, but also looks great in jeans and a button down.” Carey, the founder and CEO of Cypress Resources, a business management consulting firm, suggests he is just well-coached and boring, wearing versions of grey and blue most of the time. Having the right pieces in his closet, thanks to local boutique Shaia’s, retailer J.Crew, and at-home men’s custom clothier J.Hilburn (cofounded by former Birmingham resident Hil Davis), allows Carey to get dressed each morning without having to put a lot of thought into the process. One indulgence is quality men’s shoes; he loves splurging on Italian handmade shoes by Santoni from Plain Clothes in Homewood.

Does he follow trends or have a celebrity style mentor? “I think the everlasting trend is to buy clothes that fit,” Carey says definitively (Amen to that!). However, he hasn’t always been cognizant that a sleek silhouette best flatters his frame, remembering some of the clothes in his past: “I could probably make three pairs of pants out of just one of my old pair. The pleats were so deep, I could have stored a file folder away with ease.” And who is his style icon? “Bart Yancey. He’s a celebrity, isn’t he?” Carey says with a smile of his longtime Birmingham friend.

Returning the favor bestowed to him by his wife of almost 14 years, Carey has esteem for Jana’s style, which he describes as classic with an edge, effortlessly blending class and current trends. “I think Jana looks stunning 99 percent of the time,” he says. “So I’m glad she doesn’t listen to any advice I might have to offer.” Jana adds that while she enjoys trying out trends, taking cues from celebrities in US Weekly (Jennifer Aniston is a fave) and women on the streets of NYC, she wholeheartedly believes in wearing what compliments rather than being solely guided by what is considered “in.” Age appropriateness is another must, something she feels her mother does well. Accessories are a key element in Jana’s look: “Throw on a super cool necklace or bracelet with anything, and you can turn a simple outfit into something really cool.” Obviously, Jana’s favorite place to shop is Shoefly, which she founded in 2003 with friend Meg Roebuck to fill what they saw as a need in Birmingham for a shoe boutique with great customer service and affordable prices. But she also loves J.Crew and Anthropologie and hitting up H&M when in Atlanta, NYC, or Las Vegas.

Another favorite pastime, a movie date at Carmike at The Summit after dinner at Highland’s Bar & Grill. On Carey: Trussini sport coat, J. Hilburn shirt, pocket square from Shaia’s, J.Crew “Ludlow” slacks. On Jana: Veronica M top, Zara leather shorts, Grace George gold cuff, Moon & Lola gold earrings.

When asked their opinion of Southern fashion and whether we are behind the times style wise, the couple offers up somewhat different perspectives. With all of her trips to market in NYC and LA to buy for her boutique, Jana sometimes gets frustrated that many of the trends observed in these cities never make it to Birmingham. That said, Jana believes that “Just because we don’t wear the wedge tennis shoes that women in other cities might be wearing doesn’t mean that we aren’t fashionable, but sometimes I do wish that we would be a little more risky.” Carey, on the other hand, wonders what’s not to like about Southern fashion, getting a kick out of the juxtaposition between an old school guy who will never break tradition because he feels so strongly that he’s got it right standing next to an über trendy dude who believes he is cutting edge. “Neither one is wrong until they start to judge the other person,” he says.

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