Fashion

City Fringe Fiesta

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DSC_1055 - Version 2Primark jacket, American Apparel blouse, Rag & Bone pants, Brixton hat, Jeffrey Campbell boots.

I know that a suede, fringe jacket may seem like a loud, intimidating item that should be limited to its stereotypical styling: faded blue jeans, a breezy white tank, and perhaps a crown of flowers. I’m here to give you permission to get weird with it, by way of getting perhaps a little less weird in terms of the scene your outfit sets. [Ignore the fact that I’m blatantly posing in a suburban area and] try throwing on your fringe jacket with sleek, city staples, like a striped blouse, cigarette pants, and dressier boots, as opposed to Woodstock-inspired boho pieces. Tying the blouse up and adding a sharp wool fedora will create a bridge between the fringe jacket’s flower child-roots and its new uptown-girl flair. May the fringe be with you!

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Boston, Fashion, Promotional

Primark Boston

DSC_0477Visiting the spectacular new Primark store at Downtown Crossing.

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DSC_0781Hat, sweater, jeans, & oxford shoes courtesy of Primark.

Primark has been an utter sensation in the UK for years now, and we here in the States finally don’t need a passport to indulge in its awesomeness. The fashion powerhouse, which is basically like H&M meets Zara on steroids, is in the process of launching eight stores across America, and made its American debut right here in Boston earlier this month. So, for those of you who still think Boston and fashion are mutually exclusive, think again. The enormous store in Boston’s Downtown Crossing is an overwhelming four floors with a ridiculously vast selection of men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, and home goods, all for shockingly reasonable prices. For the cost of what I would typically assume could buy me one pair of shoes, I was able to purchase seven stylish, versatile pieces from Primark (—stay tuned to see more tomorrow, and beyond!). From endless basics, to tons of radical statement pieces, the only problem one could possibly have at Primark is figuring out where to start. The shoe selection gave me a rush of endorphins comparable to a really great first date—and by the way, if you’re looking for an outfit for a date, or virtually any occasion that doesn’t call for black tie attire, go to Primark. Immediately. I think what impressed me most was the incredible selection of affordable outerwear. Styles and colors of jackets, coats, winter vests, and faux fur accents have really expanded over the past couple of years, but outwear has been notoriously expensive for much longer. I feel like a lot of young women tend to avoid outerwear when going out at night until the weather absolutely demands it, 1: because a lot of effective outerwear is just downright bulky and unattractive, and 2: because of reason 1, we want to ditch our coats as soon as we arrive at our destination, and that leads to reason 3: the frequent loss and theft of said ditched outerwear. The gorgeous and funky jackets, vests, and coats at Primark will get you seriously excited for colder weather (even after last year’s nearly apocalyptic winter), and it’s all so fun and stylish, you won’t want to take it off, or will at least feel encouraged to carry it on your arm all night for everyone to see.

As for the outfit I’m wearing above, let me just say that these jeans are hands down my new favorite pair (and I own quite a few pairs of jeans). Being a short person with legs the length of an elementary schooler’s and the hips of, you know, a full-grown woman, it’s hard for me to find jeans that fit just right. Every pair of jeans I own is too long, and since alterations are expensive, I tend to just live with the weird, scrunchy leg-warmer effect skinny jeans have on my short self. Primark, however, has an endless selection of jeans in every cut, wash and style imaginable, and these ankle-grazers have answered my long-awaited denim prayers. They also happen to be extremely comfortable with excellent flexibility without looking cheap. And could these patent oxfords be any cuter?! I’ll inevitably be rocking them almost every day, as they’re easy to wear with both classic and edgier outfits. I could honestly ramble on forever about my new obsession with Primark (especially since the store itself seems to go on forever), but I have lots more to show you very soon, so I’ll stop here for now. In the meantime, why are you still reading this? PRIMARK IS OPEN IN BOSTON.

Photos by Miranda Mu

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Fashion

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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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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Midi Skirt

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1Q1A8651Striped cropped tee & wool hat from Nasty Gal, American Apparel button-up midi skirt, Sandro booties, sunglasses from Urban Outfitters.

Midi and calf-length skirts leave a little more to the imagination. Pair a flowy silhouette like this with a cropped top/sweater for a balanced daytime look.  American Apparel also does this skirts in a variety of prints that scream festival fashion.

Photos by Amanda Rosen

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The White Witch

1Q1A8546My need for and obsession with this hat started with my recent, late-in-the-game American Horror Story binge (—not Pharrell). I absolutely fell in love with the wicked, Stevie Nicks meets Nasty Gal wardrobe in the third season, American Horror Story: Coven, in which Stevie Nicks actually makes a few appearances, portraying a fictional version of herself also known as the ‘White Witch.’ Not since Addams Family Values had I felt so spooky-style inspired, so I ordered this hat, and reached for my favorite T by Alexander Wang dress, my Sandro booties, and MAC lipstick in ‘Violetta.’ I thought, who better to emulate the White Witch than the palest girl on the blogosphere?1Q1A8548Then I wore this outfit while I was visiting my parents in Palm Beach and, as if by magic, my mother and I stumbled upon this vintage YSL necklace, the missing piece that would complete my whole bewitched look. A piece like this—a piece of fashion history, really—is hard to find, but there are two women from a group called The Silver Fund who come to the famous Worth Avenue in Palm Beach once a year with a jaw-dropping collection of vintage costume jewelry. When I saw this necklace, I felt a cosmic connection to it, like when Louise finds her magical amulet in Teen Witch. (If that reference means nothing to you, there was a hole in your childhood.) Though the basic elements of this outfit really only scratch the surface of Stevie Nicks/AHS-inspired fashion, the necklace takes it to a much more mystical place…and I’m absolutely going to test its ability to make my girlfriends freestyle against their will.1Q1A8553

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