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Primark Part II

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DSC_0570Dress & booties courtesy of Primark. Sandro ‘Aida’ cross body bag, vintage necklace, and Spitfire ‘Intergalactic’ sunglasses, NARS ‘Matte Velvet Lip Pencil’ in ‘Damned.’

Just because I refuse to retire my whites and brights after Labor Day doesn’t mean I don’t also love the traditional colors of fall fashion. Burgundy is my absolute fall favorite, and I’m currently crazy about midi-length dresses and skirts, so this cozy ribbed dress with subtle slits was an obvious choice in my Primark spree. For a rougher, more casual look, I’ve paired it with these ultra-cool, Primark embellished rubber booties, but this feminine dress could easily be worn to a family gathering or in a professional setting with a dressier heeled bootie or a classic pump. With more Primark fashions to show you in the near future, it’s safe to say I’m officially suffering from Primania. Thank the fashion overlords that I don’t live so close to Downtown Crossing, otherwise I might develop an actual addiction.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Missoni

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Everyone’s familiar with Missoni’s signature zig-zags. When they designed an affordable line for Target a couple years back, the stuff sold out in mere hours. I, too, have always been enchanted by the House of Missoni’s colorful woven work, but the typical styling is a bit resort-beachy for my taste. I mean, any beach or pool party where your fragile Missoni merchandise won’t get ruined isn’t a party at all. I bring this Missoni duster up to saucy speed with a simple black tank, black J Brand neoprene skinny pants, Sandro booties, my favorite wool hat, and a vintage necklace.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Sweater Weather

Funny Face

Audrey Hepburn was and will always be a film and fashion legend. While plenty of people are familiar with her iconic outfits in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Sabrina, I’m shocked by how few people have seen Funny Face (1957), a quirky musical all about embracing one’s unique beauty, and how fashion can be just as much about self-expression and self-discovery as it is about appearances. Audrey Hepburn plays a stubborn bookworm swept into the world of fashion modeling (and a romance with Fred Astaire), so she wears countless incredible outfits throughout the movie. But my favorite of all the ensembles in Funny Face is perhaps also the simplest—a black turtleneck, black pants, and black flats with white socks:funny face 1If you follow fashion at all, you’ve noticed that rich shades of burgundy and bordeaux are featured in almost every current fall collection. For my take on Audrey’s Funny Face look, I’ve swapped her black turtleneck for a vintage burgundy piece:1Q1A5435This oversized cashmere turtleneck is actually reversible: if I turn it inside-out, I’ve got a coffee-colored sweater!1Q1A5438My J-Brand skinny neoprene pants are great for jumping and dancing just like Audrey. Did you know she wanted to be a ballerina before she ever even considered acting?

1Q1A5407I maintain Audrey’s classic flair with these white Kate Spade socks, and my cat-faced slippers from LF Stores give the outfit a modern twist.Audrey Hepburn.Audrey’s bold brows and lips are my ideal makeup statements. I use the Benefit Instant Brow Pencil & Brow Zings Shaping Kit and NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Damned” to get the look:1Q1A5400 - Version 2Oversized sweaters/sweater-dresses make it easy to stay warm, comfortable, and cute throughout fall and winter. Here’s a similar look to my Audrey-inspired outfit, featuring a fair isle-printed sweater-dress from LF Stores, Wolford tights, and brown Miz Mooz oxfords:1Q1A5460

1Q1A5452The brown oxfords bring a little warmth to the black and white.1Q1A5461 I got this antique locket at a vintage store in Hanover, New Hampshire that sadly no longer exists.1Q1A5463Wish I knew the story behind the portraits in the locket! But have you heard that Essie makes gel polish now? Very exciting stuff. Given my current obsession with burgundy, I decided to go with this color, “Moody Mood.” I’m loving it.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Maximizing Your Favorites

There are some outfits you love so much that you can’t help but wear them over and over again. Plus, blame it on global warming, but September has been a really weird time in Massachusetts thus far: One day it’s 97 degrees, the next day there’s a high of 59. This is why it’s great that stores like American Apparel make all their best merchandise in every color and print imaginable: it makes it easy to wear your favorite looks from one season in slightly different ways, and to wear some of those same pieces throughout the rest of the year, without seeming like a “repeat offender.” Here are a few different ensembles that combine several of the same items, worn in various ways to keep things interesting and weather-appropriate.1Q1A2718 - Version 3Here I am, standing awkwardly in my American Apparel Stretch Twill High-Waist Side Zipper Shorts in “dark mint,” with an American Apparel Tie-Up Blouse, pastel pink Jeffrey Campbell oxfords and See Eyewear sunglasses.1Q1A2711

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1Q1A2723Alexander Wang glow in the dark Pelican crossbody bag (Yes…this bag glows in the dark. It locks, too.)005_5 - Version 4Poolside chillin’ in Sunapee, New Hampshire, wearing the same shorts with the same blouse in a different print, brown oxfords this time, and mint shades from LF stores. (Throwback to my ombre hair…)1Q1A2995Any girl who braves cold weather knows that a few good pairs of tights will allow you to wear all your favorite shorts throughout fall and winter. These are the same American Apparel shorts, but in black, worn with Urban Outfitters tights, a cropped LNA sweater with brown leather trim, the REISS London felt “Ava” hat in burgundy, my vintage Chanel bag, Marc Jacobs combat boots, and Lennon-esque sunglasses, also from Urban Outfitters.1Q1A3011NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Never Say Never.”1Q1A3005

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1Q1A3023Essie “Where’s my Chauffeur” nail polish and a Cartier gold ring.020_20 - Version 2Once again in Sunapee, New Hampshire, wearing the same black shorts with American Apparel’s Spandex Crop Top in their new Lips Print.

Digital photography by Amanda Rosen; disposable photography by Matt McKenna.

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