My Style with Kortney Wilson
In her hit W network series, Masters of Flip, Kortney Wilson and her husband, Dave Wilson, breathe new life into old, rundown Nashville homes. With limited timelines and tight budgets, the Wilsons take on the challenge of transforming potential real estate disasters into stunning family dream homes. We talked to former country singer and actress Kortney Wilson about what makes her tick, style-wise. TV viewers, who know she loves the rustic details and antique elements of older homes, won’t be surprised to hear her describe her personal style as classic—with a twist. She’s also a busy mother of three, so she needs her wardrobe to be as functional as it is fabulous.
How would you describe your personal style?
I’d say it’s a blend of classic and sassy. I don’t necessarily push the envelope, but I try to stay on trend with my accessories.
Who are your style icons?
I love how Gwen Stefani has evolved over the years. She can push boundaries and create trends when she's in performance mode while her personal style is a little more refined with great lines, great hair and makeup and great shoes. I would love to tour her home to see how that translates to her furniture.
What city in the world best exemplifies your taste?
New York, for sure: think casual with spicy accessories and lots of layers. I could live in jeans, blouses and jackets, heels and top it off with a fun hat every single day. So I feel very much at home in NYC.
Has living in Nashville impacted your style?
Absolutely. When I moved to Nashville, it was a whole new world and I was exposed to everything. (Nashville is not full of country bumpkins like it is in the movies.) After being here 18 years, I can say that Nashville's style—and my style — is much more sophisticated than it was back then.
What is your favourite era for fashion and design?
It's a toss-up between the 20s and the 60s. I’m a huge fan of Audrey Hepburn and she knocked it out of the park in the early 60s.
What style elements from other eras do you wish would make a comeback?
Suspenders. In fact, I think I may just buy a pair on Amazon right now!
What is the worst trend ever?
I would have said shoulder pads up until last week when I purchased a shirt that I love, which has shoulder pads. Next on my list is sagging pants. You know, the ones that show your entire backside. I still don't get it and would love if someone could explain it to me.
What fabrics and colours are you drawn to?
Lately I've been drawn to navy and grey geometric prints for my own home, but I like more delicate prints when I'm wearing the fabric. I love flowy, feminine blouses and I've even been known to wear a few floral prints in the last year or two.
What are your personal style essentials?
The common thread in my home seems to be mixing the old with the new—an antique piece of furniture paired with a modern print or fabric. As far as my wardrobe goes, I will continue to wear cheap, $10 sunglasses until my six year old resists the urge to play with them. Once she is through that stage, I will likely splurge on some Tom Ford sunglasses.
Season 2 of Masters of Flip premieres in June on the W Network.