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

IMG_2714Piece Apparel ‘Wild at Heart’ tank, Carmar denim cutoffs, Sandro booties. Piece Apparel makes amazingly cute and comfortable basics, and all you Fashion Saucers can use the promo code ANNIE20 for 20% off your next order at www.pieceapparel.com. Rad clothes and free, international shipping: that’s the sauce. (Photos by Matt McKenna)1Q1A9103

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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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Nautical…or Not

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photo 2This lightweight, navy & white striped maxi skirt from a few LF Spring/Summer lines ago presented itself to me as a beachy piece, meant to be worn on a boat with a crochet bathing suit and something white and billowy and/or covered in little anchors. I’d never even worn the thing without sandals in our three-year relationship, so it got crammed into the back of my drawers once fall started feeling like fall. But since navy and black has been such a prominent color combination this fall/winter, it caught my eye yesterday while I was getting ready to do some holiday shopping on Newbury Street. With a pair of thick Wolford tights underneath, a Theory T-shirt in an ambiguous color they call “midnight,” my AllSaints leather jacket, Tod’s boots, and my ever-so-relevant Reiss London burgundy hat, you’d think this summery skirt was made to see some snowbanks.

Meanwhile, I saw a lot of other cool wintry looks between Heinz and Copley. Boston’s fashionistas are staying warm and current in neutrals & navy, fur (often in lieu of scarves), plaid, floppy/wide-brimmed hats and the side braid. IMG_1132

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Mixing Prints

Mixing prints has become a major trend over the last couple of years, and I’ve personally found it very intimidating, especially because the failed attempts are really tragic.1Q1A6764Since leopard/cheetah print is arguably the most classic print (apart from florals), and black and white is the most basic color combination, these Madewell “Teddy” calf hair loafers and my American Apparel illustrated chiffon blouse in “Cat Fancy” are an easy pair for print-mixing beginners like myself. These waxed J-Brand jeans in a deep turquoise and my REISS London felt “Ava” hat in burgundy add the intrigue of complimentary colors.1Q1A6768Unless you’re totally opposed to animal prints for whatever reason (weirdos…), you need shoes like these. Why? Because the shape is classic and comfortable, and the print/textile can brighten up any outfit. On those days when you just don’t have the energy to compose anything more exciting than a T-shirt and jeans or an all black ensemble, these shoes will be the remedy for feeling drab.1Q1A6770

1Q1A6773Yes, this shirt has cat faces all over it, and I know you’re probably starting to think I’m obsessed with cats and have twenty of them in my apartment. The truth is, I don’t like them at all. Well, they don’t like me. A Thai manicurist once told me this is because I was born in the year of the horse. Whatever. Cat fights aside, I do have a strange affinity for cat-faced clothing, and although I have far too many of these oversized blouses from American Apparel (as you’ve also probably noticed), this one is my lucky shirt. I’ve scored some boys, some free beers, and even a job in this shirt.1Q1A6774

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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