Charlotte Shultz is Chief of Protocol for the City and County of San Francisco, a position she calls a privilege rather than a job, and one she has held for the past nine years. Charlotte Shultz is the wife of former United States Secretary of State George Shultz, an active philanthropist and the chair of San Francisco’s special events and host committees. Mrs. Shultz not only attends and plans many parties, but also represents San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, entertains consuls general and their spouses from around the world, and that means countless meetings. Charlotte Shultz is one of Red Carpet Bay Area’s Top Women of Style, and we caught up with her in 2011 to ask:
Do you have any wardrobe challenges? My challenge is that I am a pack rat! I like everything I buy and I don’t get rid of anything. This comes in handy for the vintage trend; I have my own pieces to choose among.
George Shultz with Charlotte at SFMOMA, October 2011
Charlotte Shultz in Badgley Mischka at Gump’s 150th anniversary event, March 2011
… in Tosca at San Francisco Ballet’s opening gala, January 2011
Former Secretary of State George Shultz with Charlotte Shultz (in Oscar de la Renta) at the De Young Museum, March 2011
George and Charlotte (in her own vintage Chanel) at a San Franicisco Opera event, December 2011
… in Monique Lhuillier at San Francisco Symphony’s 100th anniversary gala, September 2011
Charlotte in Reem Acra at San Francisco Opera’s opening gala, September 2011
… in Carolina Herrera, April 2011
Nancy Bechtle, George Shultz and Charlotte Shultz (in Alexander McQueen) at a benefit for American Conservatory Theater, June 2011
How do you choose what to wear? I look carefully at the invitation; the invitation sets the tone. For business-related events I wear skirt suits rather than pantsuits, or dresses with jackets. I enjoy being a girl! When raising a flag with the consular corps I pull those colors into my outfit.
Will you share a fashion tip? I recommend wearing what’s right for you rather than following trends. My skirt length doesn’t change year to year, I avoid short jackets, and I don’t want to wear what everyone else is wearing.
Which beauty products do you use? I trust dermatologist Megin Scully; she has me using one cream for both day and evening. When it comes to makeup I can get it on in one minute! I use eyeliner, mascara, a little bit of foundation and MAC lipstick in a shade of orange or pink. Because my days are often long I am on a seemingly endless search for hair products that give my hair more body.
How are you so energetic? People ask me if I take vitamins; I buy vitamins, though I rarely take them because I don’t like taking pills.
More local women whose style we admire (in alphabetical order): Joy Bianchi, Lindsay Bolton, Barbara Brown, Karen Caldwell, Paula Carano, Carolyn Chandler, Dr. Carolyn Chang, Juliet de Baubigny, Samantha DuVall, Vanessa Getty, Angelique Griepp, Hasti Kashfia, Stephanie Marver, Sonya Molodetskaya, Deepa Pakianathan, Yurie Pascarella, Komal Shah, Sobia A. Shaikh, OJ Shansby, Christine Suppes, Elizabeth Touw, Katie Traina, Dede Wilsey, Victoria Yeager