Libby Rush’s Work Wardrobe
Interior designer Libby Rush says juggling jobs in Florida and San Francisco keeps her work interesting and exciting. Her travel jobs “always generate from a Louisville connection,” says Libby, vice president for residential interior design for the design house Bittners. “It’s nice making a reconnection [with out-of-town] clients that I have worked with previously in Louisville.
“I gravitate toward interior design that is classic in style, but eclectic — infused with color and interest,” she says. “It could be contemporary art. So I guess my dressing style is very much like that. It’s very much a polished style, but it has to be comfortable. I like clean-cut, sophisticated clothes. Things that fit me well are tailored and look professional.”
She starts with a very basic foundation: skinny jeans that are dark or black or olive green — something without a lot of print, Libby says. “I have more fun with a blouse, a scarf, a statement necklace. My style is derived from [the need for] comfort, because I am running around pretty much all day, every day.
For a busy day, Libby chooses white jeans with a cinnamon sleeveless top, a long tassel necklace with pale blue beads, tassel earrings, and taupe strappy wedge sandals with frayed edges. Another day she pairs her cinnamon crop top with a matching long asymmetrical skirt and another large beaded statement necklace.
For a more formal day, she wears a milk chocolate, sleeveless safari dress with multiple strands of pearls adorning the V-neckline.
“I’m six feet tall, and pretty athletic,” Libby says. “I have a lot of fun, big earrings and necklaces. I have great scarves that I like to pile on. I have a lot of Summer Eliason necklaces and earrings. I love her things, and it’s an opportunity to have different colors that I can build on. I also usually am wearing simple gold bracelets. Fun accessories give variety to the basics. I do wear heels, but mostly wedges or something sort of flat. I don’t wear high heels to work because they don’t work in my environment.
“I guess I do shop a lot. I stay on trend, but I dress for myself. I wear things that look good on me, a six-foot-tall woman. A great color this year is a marigold. I have bought two or three great outfits that have that pop of color that I can still wear with white or dark jeans and still feel like it’s a good color for me and fresh in trend.
“I shop at Rodes and Circe,” Libby says, “and with (stylist) Patty Browning, who was with Worth; now she’s at Carlisle. I will pop into Liv Boutique. I build seasonally. I’m not an online shopper; I’m all about supporting local businesses.”