I knew of Tera Coughlin long before I actually knew her. She was the manager at Standard Style Boutique on the Country Club Plaza, and I was working my way through college at Hemline, also on the the C.C.P. And just as all retail employees do, we shopped at the store next door on our lunch breaks.
It was from these brief encounters over the years that I learned Tera is hardcore. She’s a hardcore wife and mother, hardcore salsa maker, and last, but certainly not least, she’s a hardcore fashionista (don’t you hate that word as much as I do?).
This girls knows what she likes, what she hates, and makes zero apologies for it. It’s this kind of confidence that I so appreciate in a sartorialist. An individual who has no gruffs when you tell her you hate her shoes (betchy fashion girls like myself often tell you things like this straight-up) because, damnit, she loves them and doesn’t care what you think. It’s this attitude, more-so than the actual clothes on her back, that made me want to feature Tera on theCoD.
However, don’t get me wrong, while Tera’s perspective is awesome, her wardrobe is ahhhhhmazing. As you thumb through one of the five clothing racks in her closet, pieces pop out at you as representative of different periods in her life. Smart blazers, whimsical tops, and my personal favorite, green leather “clubbing” pants. [Editor's Note: Tera's words, not mine.] After school, Tera lived in New York City for nearly a decade working first at the Soho Grand Hotel, and years and internship later, at RJ Graziano. She is now going on her fourth year as part of the Standard Style family.
Despite a number of career changes and a serious geographical move, Tera has remained unflinching in her commitment to her style. Working in the fashion industry, you often meet people who are constantly switching up their look in an effort to be the trendiest, fashion-forward person in the room. Tera manages to be the best-dressed in the room every time because she has mastered the ability to remain true to herself while switching up the tiniest aspect of her outfit in an effort to remain relevant. Ladies and gentlemen, take note.