Fashion

Denim Dance

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img_7483Maje denim jacket, American Apparel turtleneck top, vintage Versace tee, BDG jeans, vintage belt, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Cienega’ ankle boots, Sandro ‘Aida’ cross-body bag, Furla __, Ray-Ban frames.

I recently showed you an oversized Canadian Tuxedo, so here’s a fitted one. This particular shade of denim blue is what comes to mind if you close your eyes and imagine jeans. In top-to-toe quantities, it gives me major retro vibes, so I chased that feeling with ’70’s-inspired layers and some of my favorite vintage pieces. You’ve seen this vintage Versace Jeans Couture tee star in a more feminine ensemble, and while this Western belt is super on-trend right now, it makes a solid throwback statement when sandwiched between two pieces of snug blue denim.

Photos by Regan Cleminson

 

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Beauty, Costume, Fashion, Pop Culture

Halloween Inspo: Just Add Ears

It’s that time of year! Halloween is just a couple weeks away…I look forward to Halloween starting November 1st, and as far as I’m concerned, it’s never too early to start brainstorming fun costume ideas. In case you haven’t already pinned down your Halloween attire, the Sauce has got some simple solutions to classic costumes…

“Mean Girls” (2005) iconically depicts what girls’ high school Halloween costumes look like: sexy lingerie, with ears or a headpiece that render the look a costume. No one could forget the eternal words of the scantily clad Karen Smith (Amanda Seyfried)—“I’m a mouse…duh!” Between high school and my time in college, I wore a lot of sexually charged Halloween costumes. In my day, I’ve dressed up as the “sexy Mad Hatter,” “sexy skeleton,” “sexy police officer,” and the costume that needs no alterations for sex appeal, the Hooters Girl. (It was actually a Winghouse uniform, but I’m not sure how up to speed my readers are when it comes to Florida’s knockoffs of national sensations.) In later years, I’ve taken to creating fashion-forward, if not campy costumes to honor my favorite pop stars and cartoon characters, from Katy Perry, to David Bowie, to my proudest costume accomplishment, Cruella Deville.

If lingerie is what empowers you, then you should certainly wear it proudly. If you’re committed enough to create an elaborate costume, whether you’re buying a packaged party store look, or pulling out all the stops from your own closet, you know that I salute you. However, if overt sexuality isn’t your thing this year, and if you don’t feel like spending a ton of time or money on your look, you can still partake in the festivities by applying the “Mean Girls” philosophy to a more sophisticated standard: put together a stylish outfit that you might wear any other night, and just add ears to make what will officially pass as an adorale costume.

Last year, my blogger buddies Sam (Fenway Fashionista), Kayte (Mass Musings), and I used our own clothes to make chic witch costumes. This year, I’m showing off three different outfits I’ve previously worn on regular occasions, which instantly become cute costumes with the finishing touch of inexpensive headbands from Party City. All three looks cater to slightly different vibes or settings, depending on your general aesthetic and the kind of Halloween celebration you might be attending:

Devil: casual, glam-grunge. Ideal for a house party or casual bar bar.

AllSaints ‘Belvedere’ moto jacket, UNIF ‘Fire’ crop tee, Calvin Klein for UO boyfriend jeans, Urban Outfitters ‘Luke’ lace-up boots, MAC x The Rocky Horror Picture Show lipstick in ‘Deep Love.’

Black cat: sleek, low-key sexy, versatile. Ideal for almost any Halloween setting—house party, bars/clubs, general mischief…

AllSaints ‘Drew’ jacket, Sandro peplum knit top, BDG jeans, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Cienega’ ankle boots, Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in silver, Eddie Borgo choker, Oliver Peoples sunglasses, Lime Crime Metallic Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in ‘Mercury.’

Minnie Mouse: feminine, polished, dressy. Ideal for a more formal or professional party.

Opening Ceremony textured A-line dress, Jean-Michel Cazabat pumps, vintage Chanel bag, Nasty Gal sunglasses, MAC x The Rocky Horror Picture Show lipstick in ‘Strange Journey.’

Photos by Courtney McCullough of TOBY K img_0006

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Boston, Culture, Fashion, fashion theory, Feminism, Pop Culture

Boston Bloggers: Boss Ladies

Photos by Elissa Garza of Style-Wire.

I’ve surely mentioned it bitterly a million times before—growing up, I didn’t really have friends who shared my interest in fashion. Between middle school and my three years at college in Florida, I met a lot of people who “loved” fashion as a status symbol, but few who executed personal style as an artistic form of self-expression. Don’t get me wrong. I am lucky to have a circle of loyal, diverse friends, many of whom have been at my side since childhood, and our differences bring invaluable richness to our friendships and group dynamics. With that said, passion is often best enjoyed with company, and my affinity for fashion felt pretty lonely at times. Then, I started Annie’s Fashion Sauce, put together an affiliated Instagram account, and everything changed.

I have encountered so many unexpected perks and exciting experiences since launching Annie’s Fashion Sauce three years ago this month but I never could have anticipated the greatest benefit of all: finding like-minded ladies to inspire and, yes, validate me. As with my fabulous go-to photographer, Miranda Mu, I “met” both Jazzy Roulhac and Nathalia JMag on Instagram, where we quickly became frequent fans of each other’s photos and personal aesthetics. It wasn’t long before we took our cyber-friendships to Facebook, where I discovered that kindred spirits resided behind the photos. Jazzy (the statuesque, retro queen in the red lip), the stylish editor-in-chief of The Beautiful Boston (a.k.a. The Happiness Blog), writer (check out her E-book, HERSTORYhere), and eternal optimist and I are surely the loudest feminists and most annoying social justice warriors on anyone’s Facebook News Feed; and Nathalia, a blogger and up-and-coming fashion designer (and mermaid) soon to appear on Season 15 of Lifetime’s prestigious and infamously grueling competition reality series Project Runway, and I are two Sagittarius ladies who desperately want to know…what is wrong with being confident???

I had only met Jazzy in person once, and neither of us had ever actually crossed paths with Nathalia when we started planning this shoot. While discussing where our three aesthetics overlap and how to style ourselves for the shoot, we decided to pay homage to iconic online shopping websites Nasty Gal and Dolls Kill, both of which have helped create a strong, millennial counter-culture of girls who embrace opportunities to stand out—women who defiantly dress for themselves and have fun doing it. We wanted to capture that spirit, because it’s what brought us together.

Once the photo shoot arrived, we experienced one of life’s most luxurious clichés: making new friends that feel like you’ve known them forever. The three of us instantly clicked, fell into squad formation, and once we wrapped, we took our little party out to dinner, where we toasted to the rare joy of finding people who “get it.” We also gushed about Elissa Garza, one of Boston’s most notable bloggers and side-hustlers, who’s found so much success through her blog Style-Wire, and who graciously volunteered to take these photos in between work and another photo shoot.

I could ramble forever about these boss ladies, but I’d rather you click on the links I’ve included within this post and get to know them and their amazing work, yourself. This surely isn’t the last you’ll see of them on the Sauce, so stay tuned and #StaySaucy. And OBVIOUSLY don’t forget to tune into Project Runway Season 15 on September 15th to watch Nathalia represent Boston’s growing fashion scene.

P.S. Jazzy and I are both wearing customized round, soft-touch sunglasses by REKS Optics. You can get an exclusive offer on your first pair by entering the code TheFashionSauce at checkout. You can find versions of everything else the three of us are wearing in the depths of Nasty Gal and Dolls Kill. Happy shopping!

 

 

 

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Fashion

Off The Shoulder, On the Bandwagon

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006-14Nasty Gal ‘Stripe a Pose’ top, Citizens of Humanity ‘Melanie’ jeans, Joie sandals, Furla ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in silver, Marc Jacobs sunglasses, Joie sandals.

I often prefer to observe a hot trend’s versatility and potential staying power before I take part. With about a month left of summer, I’ve finally decided to jump on the off-the-shoulder bandwagon. Hard. (This top is one of a few fun off-the-shoulder pieces you’ll see me wear over the next few weeks. See two others on Instagram here and here.) These dramatic, wide-leg denim trousers with a raw-cut hem give my striped blouse a strong, modern feel, and I maintain the edgy vibe with metallic accessories and a black choker.

Photos by Miranda Mu

 

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Fashion

Stripes

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03-23Zara trousers, crop top from LF Stores, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Belanger-2’ flats, Furla customized ‘Metroplois’ cross body bag in ‘Moonstone’ & ‘Petalo’, 66 The Label paisley scarf.

I don’t have central air conditioning in my apartment, and have spent the past two weeks holed up in my bedroom, standing in front of a window AC unit in just my underwear, groaning to the higher powers that when I begged for winter to end, I did not intend to request a formal receipt for climate change. (If there’s anyone out there who still doesn’t believe that this planet is getting hotter, I invite you to spend just ten minutes in my living room.) It’s tough to get dressed at all when it’s 93 degrees outside, and even tougher to put on something that might appear remotely polished—but we can’t wear jorts everywhere. Yesterday was a scorcher, and I found myself as comfortable as perhaps humanly possible in these super lightweight, billowy culottes, elevated by a pair of pointed loafers.

Who doesn’t love vertical stripes? Flattering and eye-catching, I think this combination of pastels and navy is so dreamy for summertime, and my paisley silk scarf achieves some fun pattern play without stealing the trousers’ spotlight. Silk scarves can instantly add Parisian-style sophistication to just about any look, so if you’re like me and want to mix up your choker obsession, you should consider this alternative neck accessory. You can even tie them to handbags, wear them as cute retro hair accessories, or fashion yourself a unique cuff. I fully support trends that offer options.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Hardware

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DSC_0913A.L.C. ‘Beals Buckle Detail’ gaucho pants, Emma & Sam cropped tee, Superga classic sneakers in white, Furla customized ‘Metropolis’ cross body bag in Moonstone and Petalo.

We’ve gone over this: culottes/gaucho pants are all the rage. But, now that they’ve become a certified staple, one has to consider curating a diverse collection. This gorgeous pair, on sale at Intermix, caught my eye because of their gorgeous clay color and metal belt detailing. A little bit of hardware can really take a simple staple to the next level. It’s especially awesome in this case because the belt is actually adjustable, allowing for a little extra room when I get intimate and make a baby with my lunch. I really love culottes because they meet my foremost fashion priority: versatility. These gauchos look lovely and relaxed with my cropped tee and white tennis sneakers, but would also slay with a pair of strappy heels and a blouse (or just a different crop top, whatever).

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Culture, Fashion

Independence Day: Go Big or Go Home

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DSC_0700Sandro ‘Eva’ top, Carmar denim shorts, Furla ‘YoYo’ cross body cosmetic case with ‘Lady’ fringe tassel, Jeffrey Campbell boots, Spitfire Sunglasses.

Some people are wary of theme dressing, but I think it can present a fun, creative opportunity. Who doesn’t want an extension on Halloween? Plus, we’re in an election year (it’s a complete shitshow), and America seems to be in this weird, constant flow of milestones and tragedies. If there were ever a year to wear your patriotism, it’s this one. That’s one way I’m coping, anyway. So, for your pleasure, here I am in a red, white and blue ensemble, complete with classic Daisy Dukes and powder blue cowboy booties, the perfect look for a 4th of July BBQ or party of any kind.

My mom recently texted me to ask if I’d left blue suede cowboy boots in her closet a while back, but the description didn’t ring a bell. Then I saw them, and my heart leapt when I saw these bad boys. I remembered buying them just before college…and then promptly never wearing them. How could I neglect such fabulous shoes? While there are plenty of more subtle ways to style these retro booties, it seemed like fate that they’d waltz back into my life just before July. I mean, do you see that star detailing?

Since denim shorts and cowboy boots are a very literal combination for the 4th, if you want to stay on-theme without going too kitschy, try a blouse that includes some red, white, or blue without actual stars or stripes. The red and white crochet collar on my Sandro top (now on sale), plus my luxe red leather bag add a level of maturity to my outfit (but not too much of course).

As you style yourself and celebrate throughout the weekend and this Monday, remember that denim is your friend and that red, white and blue looks great on everyone. Have fun with your look, and stay tuned to see how I wear my patriotism this 4th of July by following me on Instagram.

Photos by Miranda Mu

 

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