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Stylish clothes "hoarder" mixes investment dressing with cheap chic items and colors that pop

Stylish clothes "hoarder" mixes investment dressing & cheap chic items

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Kristy Bradshaw looked summer cool at the Tootsies patio party honoring Tamara Mellon. Photo by Fulton Davenport
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Kristy and Chris Bradshaw at the Houston Ballet Ball in February. She wore a strapless beige tulle gown. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
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Kristy Bradshaw previously made our Style File list in 2011. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
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Kristy Bradshaw wore a red off-the-shoulder cocktail dress when she and husband Chris we on the runway at Tootsies in 2011. Chris Bradshaw , Kristy Bradshaw Photo by Gary Fountain
34 Linsay Radcliffe, left, and Kristy Bradshaw at the WOW Summer Soiree August 2014
Kristy Bradshaw, right, also chose yellow at the WOW Summer Soiree last August. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
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Kristy Bradshaw, second from right, was ready to play through at the Gophers on the Green party in 2011. Chris Bradshaw , Chris Transier , Kristy Bradshaw , Christine Transier Photo by © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Tootsies Patio Party, May 2015, Kristy Bradshaw
32 Kristy and Chris Bradshaw at the Houston Ballet Ball February 2015
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34 Linsay Radcliffe, left, and Kristy Bradshaw at the WOW Summer Soiree August 2014
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For Tootsies' first outdoor patio party on a picture-perfect day last month, Kristy Bradshaw stood out in a striking pair of graffiti print black and white slacks with a pop of color in yellow handbag and shoes.

"The choice of the ensemble was twofold," she explained by email. "No. 1, I love fun bags but don’t get to use them as often given I’m toting my work bag during the week and a diaper bag on the weekends, so my outfits usually start around the bag. And No. 2, I love these pants and only wore them once, so I wanted to get one last wear in before the temperatures got too hot."

 "I buy pieces for the long haul —and not for trends — and pick my spots, pairing high and low items."

 During a girl's trip to Los Angeles last September, she picked up the slacks by A.L.C. at Intermix and the handbag at the Céline store on Rodeo Drive.

She purchased the Ella Moss blouse more than eight year ago online — "I'm a hoarder when it comes to clothes," she exclaims — and the Manolo Blahnik sandals came from a Neiman Marcus First Call sale in 2013. The Elie Saab bracelet was won at the brand's perfume launch at the Hotel ZaZa a while back, she recalls.

Bradshaw describes her style as "classic with an edge."

"I’m an investor by profession, so that extends to my personal purchases as well. I buy pieces for the long haul —and not for trends — and pick my spots, pairing high and low items," she says.

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