Fashion

White on White (on White…)

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DSC_0510Helmut Lang tank, Madewell jeans, LF belt, TOD’s boots, Sandro bag, vintage necklace.

A look of lightness and luxury, white-on-white outfits have been severely on-trend for about two years now. When this trend first surfaced, I ignored it despite my adoration, because I figured it was fleeting, and because I assumed someone as pale as myself just couldn’t carry it off.

When I was invited to help organize an event to which all guests are asked to wear white, I was forced to reconsider my relationship with the color. I eased my way into the world of white attire with a standard bodycon dress, and guess what? I looked good. Did I look pale by comparison in photos? Yes. What else is new?—and so what? There’s a difference between colors that accentuate fair skin, and colors that wash it out. If you know how to do your makeup and walk with confidence, you can definitely wear white. Ditch the negative stigmas associated with fair skin, and celebrate the fact that your vampiric tendencies will hopefully help you avoid visible sun damage, or worse, skin cancer.

After that first event, I was really excited to experiment more with white attire, and by the party’s second year, I felt ready for head-to-toe separates (see my white Theory suit here). I enjoyed the all-white, menswear-inspired evening look so much that I decided to put together a daytime version with a jersey tank, loose white denim, and simple black and silver accessories. A pop of color can give you a little more confidence trying an all-white ensemble, whether it’s a brightly colored clutch or bold lip color. Luckily for me, I’ve got a pop of color permanently attached to my scalp.

Photos by Miranda Mu.

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Beauty, Fashion

#BlueHairDontCare

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DSC_0053-Edit (1)ALC pants, Theory top, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Stoppard’ shoes, Sandro bag, Eddie Borgo jewelry.

I’ve desperately wanted what social media has deemed “mermaid hair” for about five years now. Though I might tear my hair out entirely if one more person asks me “why” I’ve decided to dye it blue (just think really carefully for a second…that’s it! You got it—because I like it…), I am willing to answer a much more important question: why did I wait so long? As someone who adamantly believes that we should all style ourselves for ourselves—and kindly assume that that’s “why” anyone makes the sartorial choices they make—I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I let other people’s opinions postpone this change, even though I knew my desire was real. I dare not compare myself to Caitlyn Jenner, but the message her transformation sends applies to all of us: if you don’t live as your true self, you’ll live with regrets. I’m not saying I’m actually a mermaid on the inside, or that I want blue hair for the rest of my life, but I do believe if I hadn’t seized this opportunity just because a few people I love and respect didn’t love the idea, I’d have lost respect for myself.

In the week leading up to my hair appointment, the most popular question I received besides “why?” was, “Are you worried it will be harder to get dressed?” Well, not really, no. Even blondes and brunettes have to take their coloring into account when choosing clothes. I think because society still associates brightly colored hair with rebellious counter-cultures, people assume that I’ll have to push my always-eclectic style into one specific, radical corner in order to cater to this extreme hairstyle. Challenge accepted! Although I definitely do intend to dip into those more radical styles colorful hair commonly brings to mind, For however long I have blue hair, I’ll also aim to prove to my readers and followers that they can still relate to my style and draw inspiration from my looks, even if a head of blue hair is something they’d never consider. Let’s start with the outfit above. I won’t let anyone tell me it couldn’t be worn by someone with “normal” hair, because I’ve rocked this look as both a blonde and brunette, as well. For a chic daytime look, I’ve styled these sleek but funky pants with menswear-inspired shoes and an oversized tee. To transition to nighttime, I’d swap in a white tank and minimal black sandals, like the fabulous pair I just got at Joie.

Hair color by Ashley Seal of Stilisti Salon.

Photos by Miranda Mu.

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Retro Casual

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DSC_0196-35Blouse & sunglasses from LF Stores, Rag & Bone pants, 3.1 Phillip Lim ‘OMG’ pouch, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Purvis’ platforms.

One of my favorite things about dressing for this season is the way cheerful springy-summery prints and colors prompt me to create modern takes on retro styles. My paisley button-down, cuffed pants, platform loafers and matchy-matchy accessories all have a ’60s/’70s vibe, but details like the cropped cut of my blouse, stacked rings, and my oh-so-millennial “OMG”-embossed clutch bring the look up to date.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Black Magic

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IMG_0991Shag coat, ombre beanie, and coin necklace from LF Stores; Rag & Bone sweater (—yes, the same one as in the previous post. Go ahead and judge me.), J Brand coated ‘Maria’ skinny jeans, Loeffler Randall ‘Mini Agenda’ crossbody bag, MARC by Marc Jacobs combat boots circa 2005, sunglasses a la Nasty Gal.

I hope everyone made it through storm Juno safely—and with a Netflix account. Though the blizzard may be behind us, there are still plenty of cold and dark winter days ahead, which means we can continue to embrace all-black outfits without feeling like we’re cheating on our florals. Keeping it simple doesn’t have to look simple: statement outerwear and jewelry will prevent a monochromatic outfit from feeling drab.

Photos by Frank Chen, founder of Tisket, a simple tool for the savvy online shopper.

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Sloppy-Sleek

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IMG_1013Piece Apparel beanie, Sandro coat, Rag & Bone sweater,                     T by Alexander Wang track pants, Sandro ‘Aida’ shearling crossbody bag, Tod’s boots.

In the wise words of the Biebs, never say never: When I was younger, I thought I would never wear sweat pants in public, but track pants and joggers have recently become fashion staples. And let’s be honest, I got really lucky. I’m in my twenties, and that promise to non-leisure pants was going to fall apart whether or not Alexander Wang decided to be an American hero and add leather trim to the waistband of cozy gray joggers.

You still might not be convinced that sweat pants could ever garner adjectives such as “chic” or “sophisticated,” or that you could ever pull them off for an occasion when you want to, as they say, “dress to impress.” Allow me to convince you as to why this outfit works (despite the fact that it serves as strong evidence that I’ve spent the last couple of months collecting as much lint as possible): 1) Leather details like the panels on my coat elevate staples and can make a seriously comfortable ensemble seem a little more serious. 2) They could use some polish, but my Tod’s booties elongate the slouchy pants and heavy coat, and solidify the fact that I am not, in fact, wearing pajamas, but a cool and stylish outfit meant to be worn publicly and proudly. 3) Graphic beanies are the perfect remedy to the gloomy winter grays, when you suddenly become Keanu Reeves in The Matrix and just can’t bring yourself to wear actual colors. My Piece Apparel logo beanie brings home the outfit’s tomboy aesthetic, and brings some extra life to the look by giving it a focal point. In the event that you don’t want to attract attention to your face, invest in a less cool hat.

Photos by Frank Chen, founder of Tisket, a simple tool for the savvy online shopper.

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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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