Fashion

Orange is the New Black

1Q1A8279Working in fashion retail, I noticed that many shoppers fear the color orange. I don’t know why, and I can’t be sure whether or not the majority’s aversion to all things orange contributes to my growing love for what I consider to be a very flattering, happy color.

As a huge portion of my earlier posts will show, I also love black and white. Who doesn’t? It’s a simple, yet bold, and reliably chic combination—but it can also become repetitive. Small pops of color, like these blood-orange Chanel sunglasses, will liven up and diversify your black and white winter wardrobe. Once the temperature creeps up to a tropical fifty degrees, I’ll start pairing these orange shades with outfits that rival real-life double-complete rainbows (—Can you say “Bonnaroo 2014”?)1Q1A8283Theory houndstooth jacquard sweater, harem trousers from Urban Outfitters, Maje black & plastic heels.1Q1A8286

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Fashion

No Shirt November?

Nothing gets between me and my crop tops…1Q1A6840AllSaints leather jacket, American Apparel cropped tee, boyfriend jeans from LF Stores (circa 2008), Jeffrey Campbell suede booties, Le Spec sunglasses, beanie from CVS (lol).1Q1A6853Since crop tops made their comeback, I feel like they’ve been deemed appropriate only for summer or clubbing. Honestly, it might be a phase, but I think almost every outfit looks better when the top half is missing its bottom half. These medium-wash baggy boyfriend jeans and my oversized jacket (I went a couple sizes up so I’d have room for a sweater underneath, for those rare occasions when I let cold weather win) give my crop top a laid back, tomboy feel.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Fashion

BANG BANG!

Why some staples need a makeover, and why others should remain untouched…1Q1A6792Revamped staples can be a wonderful thing. Dressed up versions of athletic classics like sweatshirts and joggers, for example, are huge right now, which makes chic comfort easy to achieve. Suddenly I can’t imagine life without my Sandro graphic sweatshirt and Vince jogger pants. Other times, however, designers get so caught up trying to reinvent classics that they’re just not classic anymore…

Believe it or not, I didn’t have a black leather jacket until today. I bought a simple, surprisingly real-looking faux leather bomber at Urban Outfitters in the tenth grade, and wore it constantly until it finally bit the dust last year. So, I’ve been looking for a more grown-up replacement ever since, only to find myself bombarded by embellishments on embellishments—designers have been overloading leathers with quilted shoulders, overly-dramatic collars, colors that go with just about nothing, and enough buckles and zippers to render them straight-up straight jackets. Leather is an investment, and a leather jacket should be versatile above all. Committing to a leather jacket has to be in the name of good old fashioned true love, because if you fall under the spell of fleeting trends, you’re going to want a divorce within the next two years, and that’ll cost ya.

Even the most basic black leather jacket looks badass, no theatrics necessary. Enter AllSaints Belvedere Jacket. We’re going to be together for a long time.1Q1A6813

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Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Fashion

Meow!

1Q1A5829My mom jeans are back! And yes, I’m wearing tights underneath…1Q1A5821This loose vintage shirt adorned with cute/creepy kitties is fun and casual, and my white Mary Jane Pump Patent Shoes from American Apparel give the look a prim & proper “Sunday Best” twist. And who doesn’t love the stark contrast of black and white?1Q1A5827SURPRISE!!!

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Costume, Fashion, Pop Culture

Wednesday on Thursday: Halloween 2013

Shortly after I bought my Sandro creepers, it became clear that, being a pasty, dark-haired individual, I was born to dress up as one of my favorite spooky characters for Halloween: the ever so morbid Wednesday Addams.1384064_10200848408792817_652422487_nThis oversized chiffon button-up from American Apparel (the third one you’ve seen me wear so far) with the contrast collar paid perfect homage to Wednesday’s iconic look. Two braids, some dark eyeshadow…done and done.

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