Fashion

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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Put on Your Party Dress

My Dad’s Surprise Birthday Party

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021McKenna in a Reiss London suit and Theory tie.055Silver Jimmy Choo clutch purse with gold clasp, Eddie Borgo bracelet.031

053My beautiful sister in the A.L.C. Lucas Lace Pencil Skirt and a Torn by Ronny Kobo crop top.075

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360My dad—the birthday boy, a sharp dresser, and the best dancer I know!

My lifestyle almost exclusively caters to casual street style. I don’t work in an office, and my friends and I typically opt for dive bars. Or couch. That being said, any girl who keeps up with celebrity red carpet looks imagines what she herself would wear to events like the MET Gala, the Golden Globes, or the Grammy’s. When my mother decided to throw a surprise birthday party for my dad, I decided to explore my personal red carpet fantasies. Sister brands Sandro and Maje have been my go-to party attire labels for the past year, so I made the Maje shop on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida the first stop on my dress hunt—and the last. As soon as I laid eyes on the “Edivas” dress, I fell in love with the vibrant color and unconventional structured mesh.

When I contemplated possible shoes to pair with the dress, I initially thought of white or silver. But when I saw these iridescent Jimmy Choo pumps in almost the exact same shade of orange as my dress, I knew I couldn’t deny fashion fate. Then I proceeded to spend months daydreaming about the outfit, and struggling with the stress of keeping the party itself a secret. I topped off the look with a few elegant yet edgy accessories, and went with plain white nails and understated makeup. And that incredible ensemble on my sister? She bought it the day of the party. The fact that our manicures matched each other’s outfits was purely accidental. (Again: much fashion fate).

Not only has photographer Mark Karlsberg of Studio Eleven Photography won multiple awards, including Best Candid Album in Massachusetts and New England from the Professional Photographers of New England Association, but he also photographed my parents’ wedding, as well as mine and my siblings’ respective Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. However, this was the first family event at which he stepped in for the lead singer of the band. Mind blown! If you’re looking for an event photographer who can also sing a killer rendition of “Brown-Eyed Girl,” then Mark Karlsberg’s your guy.

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Off-Duty

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IMG_2775Vintage 90s floral maxi dress from Gypsy Vintage (you can shop Gypsy Vintage at the SoWa Vintage Market), Jeffrey Campbell ‘Bastia’ slide sandals, vintage choker.IMG_2723

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1Q1A9109REISS London sweater, Helmut Lang tank, Maje shorts, Nasty Gal ‘Lone Rider’ wool hat, Jeffrey Campbell sandals (Photos by Amanda Rosen)

The long weekend has come to and end, but MDW is the official kickoff for summer, and so it’s time to start thinking about your off-duty summer style. When it comes to dressing for summer weekends, it’s all about creating outfits that look both relaxed and refined. I give my flowing, vintage floral maxi dress a stylish kick with my sleek, silver choker and structured Alexander Wang ‘Marion’ bag. You can spice up casual summer staples, like graphic tanks and cutoffs, with a bold lip color and dressier boots. Look for comfortable classics with a sophisticated twist, like the mesh overlay on my oversized, pastel sweater, or minimalist sandals in luxe patent-leather. And try fun, wide-brimmed hats for extra flair (and sun protection).

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Missoni

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Everyone’s familiar with Missoni’s signature zig-zags. When they designed an affordable line for Target a couple years back, the stuff sold out in mere hours. I, too, have always been enchanted by the House of Missoni’s colorful woven work, but the typical styling is a bit resort-beachy for my taste. I mean, any beach or pool party where your fragile Missoni merchandise won’t get ruined isn’t a party at all. I bring this Missoni duster up to saucy speed with a simple black tank, black J Brand neoprene skinny pants, Sandro booties, my favorite wool hat, and a vintage necklace.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Leather Skirts

As my coworker (whom we call Mother Sauce) recently said, “It’s like leather threw up all over everything this fall.” This is entirely accurate, and I have no objections. However, I think when a leather skirt comes to mind, over-sexed images sometimes to come to mind, as well. Here are two ways you can rock a leather skirt without going too S&M.1Q1A5492I’m not usually one for micro-minis, but I fell in love with this AllSaints Mini Split Lucille Skirt in “Bottle Green,” which I’m wearing here with my REISS London Bebbington Knit, Wolford tights, and my Jeffrey Campbell In the Mood Boots with an ombre lucite heel. Yes, this skirt is leather, short, and has an asymmetrical zipper with a bit of a slit, but I think the warm forest green (a fall/winter classic) brings it down to earth. 1Q1A5494 - Version 2Although the sweater’s sheer panels are in tune with the skirt’s edgy vibe, the long sleeves and low heels minimize the sex factor. These tights are pretty sheer, but opaque black would also make the outfit more casual.1Q1A5521Another one of my coworkers described this skirt as “Madonna goes Christmas.” I’m not sure whether she meant this as a negative or a positive, but I’m definitely leaning towards the positive. That’s one claymation Christmas special I would love to see.1Q1A5497

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1Q1A5506This whole look could work for day or night, depending on where you’re going.1Q1A5359 - Version 2Metallics and fair isle prints are fall/winter staples, and this comfy vintage Ralph Lauren Collection turtleneck sweater is the perfect way to tame this vintage silver leather skirt for a sleek daytime look. The fact that the sweater is slightly cropped keeps the outfit from being too boxy.1Q1A5381Don’t you just love Mom’s hand-me-downs?1Q1A5369Photos by Amanda Rosen

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Maximizing Your Favorites

There are some outfits you love so much that you can’t help but wear them over and over again. Plus, blame it on global warming, but September has been a really weird time in Massachusetts thus far: One day it’s 97 degrees, the next day there’s a high of 59. This is why it’s great that stores like American Apparel make all their best merchandise in every color and print imaginable: it makes it easy to wear your favorite looks from one season in slightly different ways, and to wear some of those same pieces throughout the rest of the year, without seeming like a “repeat offender.” Here are a few different ensembles that combine several of the same items, worn in various ways to keep things interesting and weather-appropriate.1Q1A2718 - Version 3Here I am, standing awkwardly in my American Apparel Stretch Twill High-Waist Side Zipper Shorts in “dark mint,” with an American Apparel Tie-Up Blouse, pastel pink Jeffrey Campbell oxfords and See Eyewear sunglasses.1Q1A2711

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1Q1A2723Alexander Wang glow in the dark Pelican crossbody bag (Yes…this bag glows in the dark. It locks, too.)005_5 - Version 4Poolside chillin’ in Sunapee, New Hampshire, wearing the same shorts with the same blouse in a different print, brown oxfords this time, and mint shades from LF stores. (Throwback to my ombre hair…)1Q1A2995Any girl who braves cold weather knows that a few good pairs of tights will allow you to wear all your favorite shorts throughout fall and winter. These are the same American Apparel shorts, but in black, worn with Urban Outfitters tights, a cropped LNA sweater with brown leather trim, the REISS London felt “Ava” hat in burgundy, my vintage Chanel bag, Marc Jacobs combat boots, and Lennon-esque sunglasses, also from Urban Outfitters.1Q1A3011NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Never Say Never.”1Q1A3005

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1Q1A3023Essie “Where’s my Chauffeur” nail polish and a Cartier gold ring.020_20 - Version 2Once again in Sunapee, New Hampshire, wearing the same black shorts with American Apparel’s Spandex Crop Top in their new Lips Print.

Digital photography by Amanda Rosen; disposable photography by Matt McKenna.

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