Fashion

Runnin’ With the Devil

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DSC_0203Furst of a Kind vintage Van Halen tee (LF Stores), American Apparel skirt, UNIF ‘Rival’ boots, Furla ‘YoYo’ cross body cosmetic case and ‘Lady’ tassel charm, Vanessa Mooney ‘Rose Ribbon’ choker, Marc Jacobs clip-on sunglasses, Eddie Borgo bracelets, NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in ‘Dragon Girl.’

Concert tees are an essential part of any cool girl’s wardrobe, because they always look cute and classic with paired casually with jeans, but can also be transformed into a more elevated fashion statement. Since this feminine midi skirt gives off witchcraft vibes, it creates a juxtaposition that isn’t jarring with the rocker tee. My UNIF boots solidify the punk-grunge look I’m going for, while this chic Furla cross body bag and tassel charm add a more polished element, in addition to bringing out the rich colors in my favorite vintage tee.

In case anyone hasn’t noticed, I’m fully obsessed with chokers, and have been for some time. Like, it’s a good thing I don’t tan, because the choker lines would be real. These days, I almost never put on an outfit that I don’t feel requires a choker, and I’ve recently gone completely gaga for LA-based jewelry designer Vanessa Mooney’s beautiful collection of chokers. This rose-embroidered ribbon choker is feminine, but also conjures up images of classic tattoos, tying this whole look together. A look like this is always best topped off with retro shades and a bold lip.

The best part about this ensemble is that it’s dark in style, but lightweight and incredibly comfortable for summer. Check out how I previously layered this tee for a fun fall look here.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Fashion, Feminism, Pop Culture

The Statement Coat

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DSC_1121Maje ‘Ghost’ parka, American Apparel cropped sweater & mom jeans, UNIF ‘Rival’ boots, Nasty Gal beanie & choker, Stella & Dot ‘Rebel Pendant’ necklace in silver, Spitfire ‘Intergalactic’ sunglasses.

First I’d like to make a disclaimer: any and all American Apparel merchandise I wear on this blog (and in life) was purchased before I knew the extent of former CEO’s Dov Charney sexual harassment and exploitation of many of the company’s employees, and before I heard about the new management’s willingness to continue sexualizing American Apparel employees. Though I have made a firm decision not to shop at American Apparel in the future, I’ve also decided not to stop wearing American Apparel merchandise that I already own. I will no longer be including hyperlinks to the American Apparel merchandise that I wear and post on the blog; if you’d like to financially support their business, you will have to browse the site on your own. Another positive alternative to shopping at American Apparel would be to, if you see a product of theirs you like, visit ShopStyle.com and do a search for similar items by brands that set a better example.

Now that that’s out of the way, can we talk about my new Maje coat? Even after last year’s nightmarish winter, the vinyl parka with faux sheepskin lining has me excited about the increasingly cold weather. In addition to being strange and beautiful, the ‘Ghost’ coat is actually extremely warm, which is a good thing, because its ’90s vibes have me inclined to put crop tops underneath on the reg. If I had to describe this outfit, I’d say it’s a 2015-chic take on the wardrobe aesthetic of Kevin Smith classics, like Clerks. It’s the coat that completes the look and brings the outfit to life, and that’s the value of investing in a statement coat. There are times when you simply have to wear a coat, so why not wear one that makes your outfit cooler, as well as more weather-appropriate? Low temperatures and gray skies can make it hard to get out of bed and put genuine effort into crafting a creative look. Enter statement coat, which can magically (and literally) cloak a basic getup with a punch of serious style.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Grafitee Reloaded: Duper Sope

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DSC_0217 (1)MNKR ‘Duper Sope’ tee courtesy of Grafitee, Theory ‘Testra’ trousers, Rag & Bone sweater, Jeffrey Campbell ‘ZOMG’ platform sneakers, American Apparel beanie.

Grafitee is an online marketplace dedicated exclusively to cool graphic T-shirts, tanks, sweatshirts, and accessories. Since I deeply value creativity and self-expression, I’m especially excited to team up with Grafitee, a company that works hard to curate fresh graphics from over 100 independent brands from all over the world. Just like the Grafitee team, I believe that graphic T-shirts are a fun and effective way to demonstrate personality through style. I’m a goofball, a stoner, a stylist, and a lover of slang, so I instantly fell in love with the “Duper Sope” tee by MNKR, one of Grafitee’s signature pieces. Originally a magazine that celebrates the art of graphic apparel, Grafitee has been working towards establishing their amazing new online shop since 2008, and their endless selection of clever, edgy, artistic, not to mention affordable and high-quality graphics will seriously spruce up your street style swag.

Since we tend to think of the T-shirt as denim’s official significant other, I decided to break the mold (and break the totally stupid No-White-After-Labor-Day rule) by pairing my rad new tee with these luxe ivory trousers. To get more wear out of your dressy tailored pants, try putting them together with a graphic tee and your favorite funky sneakers. I chose these platform sneakers because they help elongate the relaxed trousers. Sandwiching the sophisticated pants in between punk-grunge pieces also creates balance and prevents them from looking misplaced. Add a sweater around the waist, tattoo choker, and beanie for good measure. The results? Duper sope.

Stay tuned for more cool stuff by Grafitee, and in the meantime, don’t blame me when you realize you’ve just spent two hours pouring over their site. Do feel free to thank me when you find perfect new additions to your wardrobe.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Fall Color Splash: Be Bright & Bold All-Year-Round

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DSC_0458Pants courtesy of NYDJ, Equipment blouse, American Apparel cropped sweater, shag coat from LF Stores, Furla ‘Graffiti Candy Bon Bon’ in ‘Gloss’ and ‘Bubble Key Ring‘ in ‘Pelato’, Joie sandals, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, NARS ‘Audacious Lipstick‘ in ‘Fanny.’

Yes, I own more than one pair of pink pants, and no, just because temperatures are dropping does not mean you necessarily need to turn down the volume on your color palette. Playing with textures, patterns, and layering makes it easy to continue wearing vibrant colors. This printed Equipment blouse is perhaps my favorite layering piece (if my apartment were on fire and I could only grab a few things, it would be on that list). The star-pattern print is fun and youthful, but the black and white scheme lays a clean foundation for layering elements of color. Enter cropped blue sweater and cropped pink pants. These bold hues actually help emphasize the stark black and white, and going for a cropped sweater also lets the blouse stand out and better boast its awesomeness. I recently learned that the outerwear in this ensemble is what we call a “coatigan”—it’s not quite a coat, not quite a cardigan, but something in between. Whatever you want to call it, the black fuzzy shag solidifies this is as a fall outfit. And if you’re going to wear brights when the weather is gray, you may as well go big or go home: accessorizing this loud look with my Furla candy bag and rabbit-fur pom pom, my strappy sandals and a magenta lip makes for a real Carrie Bradshaw moment.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Hot Off The Press

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IMG_1382“Vintage” Moschino top, American Apparel skirt, Sandro creepers, Furla ‘Graffiti Candy Bon Bon’ mini cross body bag, Eddie Borgo bracelet, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, Nars Lipstick in ‘Schiap’

From now on, whenever I refer to something as “vintage” with quotation marks in the credits caption, that means it previously belonged to my mother. Anyone who knows me (or has followed my blog work closely) knows that my mom is my ultimate style icon. She’s classic with an edge, and always, always cool. I really can’t think of a better word, and I feel so lucky, because I know it’s not a word everyone associates with their parents, especially when it comes to sartorial choices. As a little girl, I absolutely loved when my mom wore this Moschino newspaper-print shirt, and I would even put in requests for her to wear it if she’d be making an appearance in front of a lot of my friends. To loosely quote Mean Girls, she’s not a regular mom, she’s a cool mom, and I wanted everyone to know. I think this shirt is a really fun example of where our style overlaps, and I’m so glad she’s given it to me and let me integrate it into my wardrobe. Having this piece of my mother’s fashion history is also special to me because my mom really cherishes her mornings with the newspaper, always completes the New York Times crossword puzzle, and regularly sends me pictures of newspaper comics that apply to our lives.

My mother typically—and ever so coolly—paired this top with an incredible Christian Dior bag with automobile-inspired details that I’ve never seen anyone else carry, which has also been one of my favorite items in her closet for as long as she’s owned it. (See an image of the handbag here, and Mom, if you’re reading this, whenever you decide that bag is “vintage,” you know I’ll gladly take it off your hands. Literally. (Don’t worry, I know that’s not happening.)) When I brought home my new, delicious Furla candy bag, I recalled my mom’s bold shirt-and-bag combination, and I knew I should style in the same direction…sort of. My mother would never wear these platform shoes—or dye her hair purple, for that matter. That being said, I’m pretty sure my father owned very similar shoes when he was playing in rock bands in the 70s, so they technically stay within the family theme. (Be honest: at this point, you’re more jealous of my parental situation than my outfit.) Anyway, the best part of being my parents’ daughter is the fact that they’ve always encouraged me to be myself and follow my fashion intuition. I think the shirt, bag, and shoes share a joyous vibe and flow with each other, while the pleated skirt, which is more on the prim side, matures the whole outfit without taming it too much.

P.S. Happy 33rd Anniversary, Mom and Dad!

P.P.S. Call your parents, everyone!

Photos by Annie Quinn

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Fashion Week Street Style: What I Would Have Worn to Milan Fashion Week

This is my third Fashion Week-inspired outfit post. I’ve always wanted to visit Milan, but playing pretend in the alleyway behind my apartment is always a glorious adventure…

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IMG_0810Vintage Versace tee, American Apparel pleated skirt, Jean-Michel Cazabat “Elle” red leather pumps, Alice + Olivia piano bag, Nasty Gal “Nita” shades, necklace a la some random vendor at Bonnaroo Music Festival (—which tent? That tent!), and Zero Gravity “Bestie” iPhone 5/5S case.

As you probably know, it’s custom for Fashion Week attendees to dress based on the city they’re in and the designers they’re seeing—and designers typically debut their new work in their city/country of origin. For my NYC look, I wore a Marc Jacobs skirt; for London, I wore a Reiss hat. So for my Milan-inspired ensemble, I reached for my favorite Italian piece, my beloved vintage Versace tee—‘gotta love Mom’s hand-me-downs! It was an obvious choice, not only because Versace has been one of the most prominent Italian names in fashion for decades, but also because (as I mentioned previously) snapshots of Fashion Week street style revealed that dressing up graphic prints/tees is one of the freshest trends right now. A cool graphic tee can be surprisingly versatile, and I love the challenge of wearing one thing a million ways. I recently styled this outfit with some different accessories (and a lot more hair) at the press preview for the MFA Boston’s amazing Hollywood Glamour exhibit. (If you’re a fashion-enthusiast in Boston, this exhibition is a must-see.) To reboot the look for an imaginary day at Milan Fashion Week, I took cues from Italian fashion blogger/bona fide icon Chiara Ferragni’s girlish flair and penchant for quirky accessories. Who wouldn’t want to walk the streets of Milan in a twirly skirt and bright red heels? My new Alice + Olivia piano purse honestly doesn’t hold much more than a tube of lipstick, but I’m totally obsessed. It’s unconventional, but also has a simple color palette, making it the perfect statement piece for the plainest or funkiest of outfits. Plus, I have a thing for things that look like other things. And don’t forget about tech accessories—fun iPhone cases are the newest way to spice up your accessories, and I think Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour  would approve of my sleek new case featuring their unmistakable, angrily fashionable faces. Stay tuned for my upcoming Paris post…

Photos by Rebecca Browne & Annie Goldman

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Fashion Week Street Style: What I Would Have Worn to London Fashion Week

Here’s the second installment of my Fashion Week-inspired outfit posts. Today: what I would have worn in London:

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IMG_0859American Apparel oversized button-down, LNA slip dress, Reiss hat, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Stoppard’ shoes, and Loeffler Randall ‘Mini Agenda’ bag, and men’s socks from CVS.

When I think of London, I think of updated, androgynous takes on the school-girl look, and this is my rendition of that uniform (with a hint of Wednesday Addams). Vertical stripes will elongate you, and a classic shirtdress never goes out of style. My favorite hat, which happens to be by one of my favorite British brands, brings the outfit to life. And If you’re looking for socks like this to complete your own outfit, look no further than your local pharmacy.

Photos by Rebecca Browne

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