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Brian and Crystal Wildeman

Echoing the laid-back yet elegant atmosphere of the Evansville Living Downtown Idea Home Preview Party, Brian and Crystal Wildeman strolled into the event wearing harmonious dress-casual attire. The young couple admits their outfits often complement each other, but “we don’t do it on purpose,” says Crystal. “It’s not until we’re dressed and out at the event that we notice our wardrobes are somewhat complementary.”

For the outdoor gathering in the Washington Avenue Historic District, the Wildemans combined denim with formal suit pieces and eye-catching printed tops. Crystal wore a DKNY denim jacket with Banana Republic dress pants, and Brian sported a Dillard’s suit jacket with a pair of dark-wash jeans from Sights Denim, a longtime Henderson, Ky., employer that since has stopped its denim processing operations. (Fans of Sights Denim still can find the artistry the company was known for at Imogene + Willie, www.imogeneandwillie.com, the Nashville retail concept owned by Matt and Carrie (Sights) Eddmenson.)

The Wildemans say the outdoor party with hors d’oeuvres, a wine tasting, and live jazz music provided a chance to break away from their professional wardrobes. Crystal, an associate attorney at Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, relies on business suits and heels, while Brian, a landscape designer with Landscapes by Dallas Foster, Inc., dresses in clothes that tolerate getting dirty. (His company created the stunning landscaping for the Downtown Idea Home, including a roomy side yard with a flagstone patio, limestone table, and reclaimed barn beam benches.)

Crystal looks for unusual accessories — jewelry, scarves, heels, and handbags — to add a feminine flair to her work attire; she credits her three years living in Chicago during law school for boosting her fashion sense. Brian’s casual wear during landscaping hours smartens up for meetings or events. “I’m always looking at the color and texture in designs,” he says. “I think that plays into the clothes I wear.”

“We don’t try like crazy to stand out,” adds Brian, “But we do look for those unique pieces.”

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