Fashion

Denim Dance

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img_7483Maje denim jacket, American Apparel turtleneck top, vintage Versace tee, BDG jeans, vintage belt, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Cienega’ ankle boots, Sandro ‘Aida’ cross-body bag, Furla __, Ray-Ban frames.

I recently showed you an oversized Canadian Tuxedo, so here’s a fitted one. This particular shade of denim blue is what comes to mind if you close your eyes and imagine jeans. In top-to-toe quantities, it gives me major retro vibes, so I chased that feeling with ’70’s-inspired layers and some of my favorite vintage pieces. You’ve seen this vintage Versace Jeans Couture tee star in a more feminine ensemble, and while this Western belt is super on-trend right now, it makes a solid throwback statement when sandwiched between two pieces of snug blue denim.

Photos by Regan Cleminson

 

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Fall Fluff

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img_7464ASOS bomber jacket, Free People scoop tank, American Apparel skirt, Alexander Wang ‘Marion’ bag, Rebecca Minkoff ‘Edie’ loafers.

Am I being optimistic, or have the last year’s trendiest trends proved themselves worthy of surprising permanence? The bomber jacket craze is still going strong (just ask my closet), and fall/winter collections are serving up some awesome twists on summer’s hottest trend. This jacquard bomber from ASOS has a little more weight to it than the ones I bought throughout spring, and the periwinkle faux fur collar gives it feminine, winter-wonderland flair. There’s a limitless selection of bomber jackets available now, but fur trim makes me smile, as evidenced by my previous post.  It’s a statement piece, for sure, but this jacket can be styled into extremely different vibes. Here, dolled up with a polished pleated skirt and metallic loafers, I feel like an editorial version of Lorelai Gilmore (—yes, I am counting down to this month’s Netflix revival). I could create an edgier, more laid-back look by wearing this jacket with some ripped black skinnies and sneakers. To land somewhere in between, this outfit would have worked with black Nikes instead of silver loafers, too.

Photos by Regan Cleminson

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The New Vintage

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img_7448Ragged Priest denim jacket, Rag & Bone sweater, Urban Renewal paint splattered jeans, Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag, Michael Kors ‘Faye’ fur sandals.

To say that I love denim is an understatement, so I’m always on the hunt for unique takes on the human race’s favorite textile. This embellished denim jacket and my paint-splattered jeans are both repurposed vintage Levi’s pieces, given new life with fun details subtle enough to work together in this look. I reworked these jeans even further by cutting them myself—perhaps a bit uneven and a touch too short, but hey, culottes and raw hems are on fire right now. I added these fur sandals and my blush bag to soften the look of oversized denim on oversized denim, and to pick up on the paint colors. Obviously you could pull off a similar ensemble with a more “practical” shoe, but I think the fuzzy-sandal trend makes for such a sweet statement to amp up your fall/winter style. (Also, these bad boys are adorned with real rabbit fur, and apparently you can just take a blow dryer to ’em if they get a little wet in winter weather. For some reason I found it hilarious when the sales associate told me this.) My new eyeglasses, which are actually just Ray-Ban sunglasses with the original lenses popped out and my prescription popped in, so far seem to go with just about anything, dressy or casual. Quirky and retro but delicate, they bring a little extra something special without dominating the look.

Photos by Regan Cleminson

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Unexpected Complimentary Colors

 

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img_5992Zara culottes, AllSaints ‘Belvedere’ moto jacket, Silence & Noise crop top, Rebecca Minkoff ‘Edie’ loafers in silver, Alexander Wang ‘Rockie’ bag in beet, Eddie Borgo ‘Safety Chain’ choker, Stella & Dot ‘Rebel Pendant’ necklace, Oliver Peoples sunglasses.

More and more old-fashioned fashion “rules” are being tossed aside in the name of of creative expression. Personally, I see no reason to limit every color to a specific time of year as long as you style accordingly. Street style-enthusiasts have long since let go of the ban on white after Labor Day, and we’re abandoning all kinds of other seasonal color restrictions, as well. This summer’s trends included shades of navy blue and olive green, and this fall’s fashion scene shows no apparent interest in seeing off Pantone’s 2016 pastel favorites. In other words, you needn’t put your addiction to shades of pastel pink or baby blue on hold ’til spring; you just have to style these “unconventional” colors in ways that make it clear you know it’s not May in October…The good news is, it’s really not so difficult, and you’ll get to maximize more of your purchases.

I bought these fabulous powder blue culottes with sophisticated slits towards the end of summer, but didn’t get a chance to wear them before fall set in. Disappointed, I looked at them and thought, I just can’t wait for winter to come and go before giving them a spin. They’re not too lightweight, so I figured that with the right styling, I could carry them into cooler weather. Complimentary colors can potentially come across as abrasive, but are also inherently pleasing to the eye. By pairing my light blue pants with my beet-red bag, I create an exciting combination of unsaturated complimentary colors that allows the sky blue to fit comfortably into a fall setting. My metallic loafers and layered statement silver jewelry match my handbag’s edgy hardware, and the leather jacket completes a look that’s polished without being prim. I like to show a sliver of skin with a crop top to even further emphasize the contrast and balance between hard and soft elements, but you could swap in any black, tucked-in tee or tank for a more conservative take on this look. You might think dramatic, wide-leg, pastel culottes carry limited wearability, but trust me, they’re versatile. I’m thrilled I could work them into an edgy fall ensemble, but I look forward to wearing them with other pastels and a pair of sandals during my next warm-weather excursion, or with a collared blouse and a tailored blazer for a more professional setting. Don’t forget, a statement piece can make more than one statement, depending on the occasion.

Photos by Regan Cleminson

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Bye

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dsc_0027Ragged Priest oversized denim jacket, HLZBLZ ‘Bye’ T-shirt, Calvin Klein jeans, Urban Outfitters boots, Alexander Wang ‘Rockie’ bag.

Happy October!!! This fall, I’m interested in color combinations that break the mold, and this outfit has a kind of funny source of inspiration…I may not admire all of Justin Bieber’s actions, but I have chaperoned my little cousin to two of his concerts (by which I mean I eagerly tagged along), and I honestly love his style. I’m into the way he wears tees that hang a little longer than a standard jacket. He also probably owns one of the most impressive denim collections in human history. Does Justin dress himself? Who’s to say? I for sure don’t care, and Bieber is not the first male, teenage heart throb whose street style seriously inspired my look (read: Robert Pattinson in my senior year of high school). This getup is a personal homage to the fashion icon that is the Biebs, right down to #MyCalvins. These limited edition Calvin Klein jeans have quickly become one of my favorite pieces in my entire wardrobe. I especially like using them as a canvas for more androgynous outfits. I ordered this inexplicably cool graphic tee from Dolls Kill in a size larger than usual to achieve my desired layering effect, and it lined up just right with my beloved reworked vintage Levi’s jacket by Ragged Priest. My favorite boots (many people have mistaken them for Prada) keep the look masculine, and make the outfit a little more upscale. My new Alexander Wang ‘Rockie’ bag (which comes with a cross body strap) also elevates this urban ensemble. I’m obsessed with the deep shade of burgundy-wine, and I’ve been having a lot of fun pairing it with unexpected colors. Something about the way the bag clashes with my tee is just delicious to me, and the burgundy definitely brings strong fall vibes.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Light Layers

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dsc_0112Random romper from a store in Hanover, New Hampshire layered over an Emma & Sam cropped tee, AllSaints ‘Belvedere’ moto jacket, Sandro ‘Aida’ mini cross body bag, Furla pom pom, ‘Luke’ lace-up boots from Urban Outfitters.

I actually don’t even know who makes this romper, but it has served me well since 2011, and it’s lending itself quite nicely to a current layering trend. Anything with a camisole-like bodice (think slip dresses and, you know, camisoles) look rad and very ’90s over a little white tee, and you can just throw on a leather jacket to bring the popular look right into this Fall-transition season. The layered necklines create a nice palette for layering jewelry, as well, like my thick velvet choker and nameplate necklace. I suspect chokers are here to stay for the next couple of seasons, so if you haven’t tried the trend yet, maybe it’s time to experiment a bit. I think these menswear-inspired boots, which fall somewhere in between polished and grunge, make for an outfit that would shift easily from daytime errands to drinks at the bar, but you could also swap in a sexier pair of heeled sandals, or perhaps even some lace-up thigh-highs for a dressier and more feminine getup. Though it isn’t quite cold yet, a fuzzy accessory or two will bring Fall into focus.

Photos by Miranda Mu

 

 

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Boston, Culture, Fashion, fashion theory, Feminism, Pop Culture

Boston Bloggers: Boss Ladies

Photos by Elissa Garza of Style-Wire.

I’ve surely mentioned it bitterly a million times before—growing up, I didn’t really have friends who shared my interest in fashion. Between middle school and my three years at college in Florida, I met a lot of people who “loved” fashion as a status symbol, but few who executed personal style as an artistic form of self-expression. Don’t get me wrong. I am lucky to have a circle of loyal, diverse friends, many of whom have been at my side since childhood, and our differences bring invaluable richness to our friendships and group dynamics. With that said, passion is often best enjoyed with company, and my affinity for fashion felt pretty lonely at times. Then, I started Annie’s Fashion Sauce, put together an affiliated Instagram account, and everything changed.

I have encountered so many unexpected perks and exciting experiences since launching Annie’s Fashion Sauce three years ago this month but I never could have anticipated the greatest benefit of all: finding like-minded ladies to inspire and, yes, validate me. As with my fabulous go-to photographer, Miranda Mu, I “met” both Jazzy Roulhac and Nathalia JMag on Instagram, where we quickly became frequent fans of each other’s photos and personal aesthetics. It wasn’t long before we took our cyber-friendships to Facebook, where I discovered that kindred spirits resided behind the photos. Jazzy (the statuesque, retro queen in the red lip), the stylish editor-in-chief of The Beautiful Boston (a.k.a. The Happiness Blog), writer (check out her E-book, HERSTORYhere), and eternal optimist and I are surely the loudest feminists and most annoying social justice warriors on anyone’s Facebook News Feed; and Nathalia, a blogger and up-and-coming fashion designer (and mermaid) soon to appear on Season 15 of Lifetime’s prestigious and infamously grueling competition reality series Project Runway, and I are two Sagittarius ladies who desperately want to know…what is wrong with being confident???

I had only met Jazzy in person once, and neither of us had ever actually crossed paths with Nathalia when we started planning this shoot. While discussing where our three aesthetics overlap and how to style ourselves for the shoot, we decided to pay homage to iconic online shopping websites Nasty Gal and Dolls Kill, both of which have helped create a strong, millennial counter-culture of girls who embrace opportunities to stand out—women who defiantly dress for themselves and have fun doing it. We wanted to capture that spirit, because it’s what brought us together.

Once the photo shoot arrived, we experienced one of life’s most luxurious clichés: making new friends that feel like you’ve known them forever. The three of us instantly clicked, fell into squad formation, and once we wrapped, we took our little party out to dinner, where we toasted to the rare joy of finding people who “get it.” We also gushed about Elissa Garza, one of Boston’s most notable bloggers and side-hustlers, who’s found so much success through her blog Style-Wire, and who graciously volunteered to take these photos in between work and another photo shoot.

I could ramble forever about these boss ladies, but I’d rather you click on the links I’ve included within this post and get to know them and their amazing work, yourself. This surely isn’t the last you’ll see of them on the Sauce, so stay tuned and #StaySaucy. And OBVIOUSLY don’t forget to tune into Project Runway Season 15 on September 15th to watch Nathalia represent Boston’s growing fashion scene.

P.S. Jazzy and I are both wearing customized round, soft-touch sunglasses by REKS Optics. You can get an exclusive offer on your first pair by entering the code TheFashionSauce at checkout. You can find versions of everything else the three of us are wearing in the depths of Nasty Gal and Dolls Kill. Happy shopping!

 

 

 

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