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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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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Beauty, Fashion

Culottes

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DSC_0778LNA cropped sweater, Zara culotte pants, Sandro coat & handbag, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Stoppard’ shoes.

Culottes are definitely a sightly odd silhouette, and while embracing something strange is often the key to great style, don’t hop into this trend blindly. Doing your culottes justice is all about staying sleek: for fall/winter, go for a neutral color palette and some menswear-inspired pieces with sharp, clean lines for a crisp, confident look.

You may have noticed that I’ve gone gray! As much as I adored my purple hair, the pigment wasn’t holding well, so to avoid the damage of constant touch-ups, I decided to switch things up and see how I’d look as a premature silver fox. So far, I’m absolutely loving it. The shade lends itself extremely well to a minimalist aesthetic, and perhaps even more than the color, I’m totally obsessed with my new, more tousled cut, which was executed with a razor rather than scissors. My new ‘do was inspired by some of the models who strut their stuff alongside my idol, Lady Gaga, in this amazing Tom Ford Spring/Summer 2016 promotional music video.

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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Posh & Punk: A Lesson in Layering

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IMG_0892Furst of a Kind Vintage Van Halen tee, Equipment printed blouse, Milau shag coat from LF Stores, J Brand coated skinny jeans, Sandro ‘Aida’ faux shearling crossbody bag, Jeffrey Campbell ‘Stoppard’ shoes, Nasty Gal wool hat. NARS Audacious Lipstick in ‘Fanny.’

Winter is all about texture and layering, which makes for an awesome opportunity to combine contrasting styles, and given that my last outfit post featured this coat as part of my Halloween costume (I promise the Sauce is back for real this time), I thought I’d share how I wear it when I’m just being Annie. I love pairing prim pieces, like this silk blouse, wool hat, and these revamped oxford-style shoes with rock n’ roll elements, like this concert tee and my beloved shag. A crisp collar with a graphic tee creates an unexpected bohemian vibe that’s neither too contrived nor too sloppy. You can take this look from lunch on Newbury Street to a show at the Sinclair or drinks at a swanky bar without having to make any day-to-night changes. Just make sure you have a bold lip color you love in your purse! Mixing prints and playing with matching-clashing colors can help brighten up your winter wardrobe, and I try to embrace the cold weather with lots of fuzz, whether it be on my coat, my purse, or both.

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

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Beauty, Fashion

Disco Pants: Day or Night

American Apparel’s Disco Pants (which now come in a variety of dazzling colors) are reminiscent of Sandy’s iconic pants in the final scene of Grease—in fact, they’re probably the go-to pants for a solid Sandy Halloween costume. They’re tight, they’re shiny, and they’re the kind of item that often prompts the question, “But when will you really where those?” Counter-question: what’s impractical about black, high-waisted pants? Though friends guessed these pants might sit in my drawers, they’re surprisingly versatile, and not-so-surprisingly fun.1Q1A6894For a daytime look, I pair my disco pants with this Dolce Vita cropped knit sweater with quilted leather elbow patches (I meant it when I said I love my crop tops), add a few sleek accessories, and top it off with Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Dragon Girl.”1Q1A6901

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1Q1A6883Leather. Lipstick. I guess I’d call this my 2013 take on Sandy’s bad-girl transformation. Cropped tank with faux leather & mesh embellishment from LF Stores, Le Specs sunglasses, YSL Rouge Volupté Shine lipstick in “Fuchsia in Rage” with YSL Shimmering Lip Gloss in “White Gold Topaz.”1Q1A6888A higher shoe would dress this outfit up even more, but I’m not the best at walking in pumps, and the ombre lucite heel emphasizes the futuristic feel of the outfit. To avoid any awkward thong/underwear lines with pants like these, try American Apparel’s Invisi-Thong. The name says it all.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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