Fashion

The New Vintage

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img_7448Ragged Priest denim jacket, Rag & Bone sweater, Urban Renewal paint splattered jeans, Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag, Michael Kors ‘Faye’ fur sandals.

To say that I love denim is an understatement, so I’m always on the hunt for unique takes on the human race’s favorite textile. This embellished denim jacket and my paint-splattered jeans are both repurposed vintage Levi’s pieces, given new life with fun details subtle enough to work together in this look. I reworked these jeans even further by cutting them myself—perhaps a bit uneven and a touch too short, but hey, culottes and raw hems are on fire right now. I added these fur sandals and my blush bag to soften the look of oversized denim on oversized denim, and to pick up on the paint colors. Obviously you could pull off a similar ensemble with a more “practical” shoe, but I think the fuzzy-sandal trend makes for such a sweet statement to amp up your fall/winter style. (Also, these bad boys are adorned with real rabbit fur, and apparently you can just take a blow dryer to ’em if they get a little wet in winter weather. For some reason I found it hilarious when the sales associate told me this.) My new eyeglasses, which are actually just Ray-Ban sunglasses with the original lenses popped out and my prescription popped in, so far seem to go with just about anything, dressy or casual. Quirky and retro but delicate, they bring a little extra something special without dominating the look.

Photos by Regan Cleminson

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Boston, Culture, Fashion, fashion theory, Pop Culture

Concert Daze

Concerts are just about my favorite summer activity, and concert/festival attire has become a highly sensationalized, perhaps pressurized movement in fashion. I, myself, wait with baited breath to see what stars like Kendall Jenner and Vanessa Hudgens will wear to Coachella, and spent a long time curating looks for all four days of Bonnaroo Music Festival, three times over. When it comes to enduring heat, dancing and sitting on grassy lawns or stiff bleachers, all while feeling confident, cute, and occasion-appropriate, denim shorts have proven themselves as the MVP of my concert and festival experiences. Kimono dresses, maxi skirts, and all that jazz just don’t quite measure up for me. Consequently, my collection of denim shorts has grown too large to fit in one drawer, and I find myself hunting for more unique pairs with fun embellishments for more variety. Over the weekend, I rocked two different pairs of embellished denim shorts to two concerts over two consecutive days.

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Mishka ‘Demo Derby Keep Watch’ tee, Maje ‘Ilion’ denim shorts, vintage belt. Photo by Matt McKenna.

For a daytime, Third Eye Blind show out at Indian Ranch, I paired this neon Mishka tee with tastefully bedazzled denim shorts for a look that embraced ’90s nostalgia. I added a Western belt to incorporate a more current and sophisticated trend.

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Sandro shorts, Out From Under x UO high-neck tank, UO ‘Luke’ lace-up boots, Furla customized ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag. Photos by Miranda Mu.

I love this rich, gold-studded burgundy with a minimal black tank for a nighttime show. I wore this to see Modest Mouse at Xfinity, and, as opposed to how I dressed for Third Eye Blind, went for a more sleek and modern look. These lace-up boots are great for any show, comfortable enough to walk and dance for hours on end. Cross body bags are my favorite in everyday life, but they’re especially great at shows, you know, so I can throw my hands in the air and such. Also convenient for holding a beer in one hand and a hotdog in the other.

I’m headed to Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal for a day at the end of the month, and something tells my I won’t stray too far from my festival fashion formula. Stay tuned to see if I manage to keep it fresh, regardless.

 

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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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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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Fashion, Promotional

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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Beauty, Fashion

Mix It Up: How to Make a Statement Piece Make a Different Statement

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DSC_0243AllSaints ‘Belvedere’ leather bomber, Lazy Oaf ‘Dog Walk’ shirt, J Brand ‘Super Skinny Scuba’ pants, UNIF ‘Rival’ boots, Furla ‘Metropolis‘ cross body bag in silver & ‘Bubble Key Ring‘ in ‘Pelato,’ Spitfire ‘Intergalactic’ sunglasses, MAC Cosmetics lipstick in ‘Deep Love.’

This is not a fashion magazine. This is a personal style blog. I am a real person, with a real budget, and a wardrobe that contains the same items today as it did the day before. As a fashion-enthusiast who lives in a multi-seasonal location, I thrive on opportunities to maximize my wardrobe and wear everything I own in as many different styles as possible—and it’s my mission as a fashion blogger to encourage and help my readers to do the same. Unless I’m shopping for a specific, special occasion (and even then), I try my best not to buy anything that can only be worn one way or in one climate. I love to challenge myself to transform statement pieces. A lot of people steer clear of “loud” items, assuming their boldness renders them limited in terms of how you can wear them, and how often; and (as I’ve mentioned before) the life-documenting aspect of social media pressures many of us to avoid wearing the same items in close proximity. The changing of the seasons, however, presents an excellent chance to take a statement piece you’ve already worn, and make a totally different statement.

It was only a few, warm months ago that I fell for this playful, oversized peach button-down adorned with multi-colored puppies. For a sweet summertime look, I first wore it as a shirtdress with black heeled-sandals (see here). With my then-brown hair and some light pink lipstick, I was able to give the shirt a feminine sense of softness. Fast forward: the need for layering makes fall/winter my favorite time to go for punk and grunge-inspired looks, and my pastel hair obviously often pushes me in that direction, as well. The shirt is reborn as an entirely different animal by adding my leather bomber, ultra-punk UNIF ‘Rival’ boots, mirrored accessories, and a deep red lip. So, before you put away your so-called summer clothes for the upcoming colder months, and before you let your beloved statement pieces gather dust after wearing them only once, ask yourself if any of those items can be retooled. Trust me, you won’t be recognized as a “repeat offender,” but rather as a skilled stylist who knows how to make the most of your purchases.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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