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Inez Inserra, the outgoing ballroom dancer, acknowledges her flair for dressing to fit her mood.
"If I want to feel edgy or classy, my outfits reflect that," she says. "If I want to add something fun, I wear a Judith Leiber piece."
Inserra's wardrobe consists of mostly solids. In the summer she opts for whites and creams, and during the winter months, it's all about charcoals, blacks and neutral earth tones.
"I change my look by my accessories," Inserra says. "I wear the same thing a lot, but you wouldn't know it because I change the accessories all the time."
When it comes to silhouette, proportion and fit, she leans toward garments with a lot of stretch that are body conscious and tailored. No matter what, Inserra dresses for comfort.
"If it's not comfortable, I don't wear it," she says. "I want to have a good time and if I'm uncomfortable, I won't."
There is something about handbags that Inserra gravitates toward. Judith Leiber bags top her list of favorite things and appeal to her love of fun pieces with feel-good energy. The crystals and unique design of each piece make them a topic of conversation every time one is in tow.
"They add a lot of vibrancy to an outfit and can be worn with jeans or a gown," she says. "I love bling and Swarovski crystals so the marriage of the two is perfect for me. My husband, Larry, buys them for special occasions and now I have a pretty great collection."
When it comes to shoes, Inserra applies the same rules of comfort to what goes on her feet.
"My feet hurt all the time from ballroom dancing," she says. "If I find a pair that really fits and is comfortable, I will buy them in every color."
When it comes to jewelry, statement pieces are a must-have to add flair to any ensemble.
"I usually wear one bold piece, especially when wearing a gown," she says.
Since Inserra attends many dinner and charity functions, having versatile pieces on standby is a necessity.
Besides fashion, she finds much joy in a ballroom pro-am program that she is very involved with. She trains with a professional ballroom dancer and competes around the country.
"It's definitely a sport and an art form, not to mention great exercise," she says. "Larry comes with me on all of my competitions. There's a confidence dancing gives you and it's nice to see that women of all ages still have that."
Both Inez and Larry Inserra are heavily involved in philanthropy work.
"We raise money for the Diabetes Research Institute to raise awareness and try to find a cure," she says. "We also do a lot of work with Tomorrows Children's Fund and the Carl Inserra Leukemia Fund, which has a golf outing every year to raise money."
At the end of the day, Inserra is all about having fun, dancing, feeling good, giving back, and being surrounded by family and friends.