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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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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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City Fringe Fiesta

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DSC_1055 - Version 2Primark jacket, American Apparel blouse, Rag & Bone pants, Brixton hat, Jeffrey Campbell boots.

I know that a suede, fringe jacket may seem like a loud, intimidating item that should be limited to its stereotypical styling: faded blue jeans, a breezy white tank, and perhaps a crown of flowers. I’m here to give you permission to get weird with it, by way of getting perhaps a little less weird in terms of the scene your outfit sets. [Ignore the fact that I’m blatantly posing in a suburban area and] try throwing on your fringe jacket with sleek, city staples, like a striped blouse, cigarette pants, and dressier boots, as opposed to Woodstock-inspired boho pieces. Tying the blouse up and adding a sharp wool fedora will create a bridge between the fringe jacket’s flower child-roots and its new uptown-girl flair. May the fringe be with you!

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Boston, Fashion

Patriotic-Chic

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DSC_0896 - Version 2Sandro coat, Equipment blouse over Theory turtleneck top, Maje ‘Pastar’ jeans, Furla ‘Yo-Yo Cosmetic Case’ with the Furla ‘Lady Tassel Charm,’ Jeffrey Campbell booties, Eddie Borgo ‘Pave Small Pyramid Bracelet’ in rose gold.

What’s in a handbag? I’m not talking about the contents—lipsticks, loose breath mints—and yet I am: what is it that definitively makes a bag a “handbag”? Furla has become my official go-to designer for great bags, so I knew they’d have the perfect little red cross body for me to add a fun, rich pop of color to my wardrobe. Funnily enough, it turned out that the perfect purse technically isn’t a purse at all. Though it comes with a detachable strap, the gorgeous cross body bag you see above, playfully named the ‘Yo-Yo,’ was designed to be used as a cosmetic case, and even comes with a smaller travel case/mirror, so you can really get on the go in style. But I just think the round shape is so cool and fresh, and once I attached the strap and the matching leather tassel key fob, I absolutely fell in love. You know what they say: the customer is always right, and the moral of this story is that the creative customer ends up with extra accessories.

Although the Furla website only shows the “cosmetic case” (i.e. amazing handbag) in a gorgeous shade of turquoise-blue, a soft gold, and a classic black, it comes in other colors, as well, including a bubblegum pink, and the shade of ruby I chose for myself. Visit the Furla store in the Copley Place Mall, next to Barney’s, to see the whole color wheel, plus tons of other awesome bags and accessories. The styles and prices all make for really rad gifts, so if you’re running late on holiday shopping for your fashionista friend(s), I suggest you scurry over to Furla. And don’t forget to really look at their selection of decorative key fobs; from furry pom-poms to the leather tassel I’ve attached to my Yo-Yo bag, these small accessories are a great way to bring a little variation to your handbag collection.

It would be easy to make star-embroidered denim look somewhat childish. I decided to take these Maje jeans in a more sophisticated direction by layering a silk button-down over a thin turtleneck. My bold bag (the jeans were just begging for that American-flag feel) and ombre lucite heels are in keeping with the jeans’ fun energy, and help them stand out just enough.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Smiley Sauce

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IMG_1715T by Alexander Wang ‘Henley’ dress, ‘All Smiles’ beanie & ‘Alexis’ choker from Nasty Gal, Marc Jacobs boots, Sandro ‘Aida’ bag.

There’s not much I can say about the magic of this black maxi dress other than that it is my favorite, most versatile new item of the fall/winter season. The soft, medium-weight jersey makes the dress ideal for colder weather, the snug, sexy fit allows it to easily be dressed up or down, and the slightly cropped hem is a godsend for shorties like myself. For an edgy daytime look, I’ve styled it with a playful beanie, leather choker and beat-up boots; but I could easily take this bad boy out for a stylish dinner by swapping in heeled booties and delicate jewelry.

Photos by Annie Quinn

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