30 years of Salute Style

“Get ready for this glamour, honey!”

I got more than I bargained for when I asked a regular attendee in passing at an event last week if she was coming to the Salute this year.

The St. Louis American Foundation’s 30th Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Scholarship and Awards Gala is happening on Saturday, September 23 at America’s Center.

“I’m taking ‘snatched’ to a whole new level,” she continued.

For those unfamiliar with the ever-changing slang of the day, “snatched” refers to being pulled together from head to toe.

She was eager to make it known that not only is she coming, but she is bringing her A-game for the event that has become synonymous with glamour over the years. As does everyone.

Some start planning their ensembles as soon as the previous Salute ends.

“Last year I went short, so this year I knew I was going long,” said Mary Easter. “I like to switch it up like that.”

Cocktail dresses and gowns (as well as suits and tuxedos) of all colors, lengths and styles make their way down the Salute red carpet – and could rival any awards show – every year.

Fashion designer and personal stylist Skylar Barnes says that he can’t wait to see what people will be wearing for Salute, especially since it’s a milestone year.

“Salute actually has its own flavor– and it’s all about the individual,” Barnes said. “You do see trendy from the younger people, but for the most part it’s people expressing their own style and keeping it classic – and classy.”

Barnes admits black is a go-to when it comes to formalwear, but advises those few who are still on the fence about what they will be wearing to not be afraid to be bold –  as long as they are comfortable in their final selection. 

“The better you feel in something, chances are the better you will look in it,” Barnes said. “When you look good and feel good, you exude confidence – which is the best accessory for any outfit.” 

The St. Louis American Foundation’s 30th Annual Salute to Excellence in Education Scholarship and Awards Gala will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 23 at America’s Center.  For more information, call (314) 533-8000 or visit www.stlamerican.com.

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