25 Most Stylish Bostonians of 2010 -- Paige Tatum

Paige Tatum (Globe photo / Essdras M Suarez)
By Hayley Kaufman
Globe Staff / November 18, 2010

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Paige Tatum

Age: 35

Occupation: Executive Producer, Fox 25 News

Residence: Jamaica Plain

You’re a very stylish person, but was there a time in your life when your fashion choices were questionable? Outfits you regret? I’m pretty sure that spiral perm I had in high school was a bad call. And I remember I had this lime green sweater in ninth grade that I thought was the bee’s knees. I had to have it for my class picture so we bought it despite my mother warning me lime green was not my best color. My stylish parents still like to give me a hard time about that thing.

In one of the photos nominating you for this list, you were wearing a tiara. Do you feel like some people take fashion too seriously? Ha! I love that plastic tiara. To be clear, it’s more of an inspirational focal point in the newsroom than it is me thinking I’m some princess. “Must be a big night, she’s got the tiara on,’’ they say. To answer your question, I think people get too wrapped up in labels and brand names when they could be just as happy with something super-affordable. For me, it’s about wearing clothing that fits your personality, no matter your shape or size. To look good is to feel good I believe a wise person once said or maybe was it my grandmother.

What is your ideal ensemble — and what would be your dream event or location to wear it? A dreamy situation would be to have a gorgeous, fabulous one-of-a-kind gown to wear on a date with my husband at an amazing vineyard in Italy or France. Aside from that, would be to own my own boutique and wear something incredible from it every day while helping customers find their fashion way.

Who are your biggest fashion influences and why? There are many and none of them are famous. All the strong women in my family talk about clothing all the time so I couldn’t really escape it growing up. I worked in a small clothing store in high school and college and learned a lot from the owner about the importance of fit and cut and how to style other people. Everyone I know routinely asks me for fashion advice so they either trust me or fear my brutal honesty.

Favorite places to shop? I love local places where you aren’t going to see yourself a million times when you go out. In JP we have two great stores: Salmagundi and On Centre. I love Nordstrom, J.Crew. . . and you can’t beat a white T-shirt from the Gap.

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