Often times it’s difficult to set yourself apart from others especially when it comes to fashion and it’s rollercoaster of trends. It’s ridiculously time consuming keeping up to par with whats hot and whats not. As a fashion enthusiast, I’m personally always looking to see whats the come up and it truly gets overwhelming. Most recently, I thought to myself, how can I make something universal like a T-shirt fit my own style and set myself apart from the norm. When it comes to fashion one of my biggest drives is trying to subvert conformity to the best of my abilities. I don’t want to wear exactly what society thinks I’d look good in. I’d rather make a statement. That is why I decided to take a commonplace skater look and transform it with what happens to be my current favorite trend, the western influence.
Everyone has that one Tee they adore that they stole from their boyfriend or perhaps maybe a “guy friend” (in my case) that they live in. Oversized T-shirts are so simple and easy to dress up, which is why you can’t go wrong with them. Thrasher T-shirts have been really in right now, mostly common amongst the skater scene yet slowly but surely working itself into the hypebeast scene. You typically see people wearing these with a loose fitted jean, and some vans, which always looks great. But I thought to myself how could I pair this while still creating a seamless composition? I decided to couple them with a light wash jean from Zara primarily because I was accessorizing with black which creates contrast. I decided to take the western route and combined it with my new favorite Nasty Gal cowgirl boots and of course this weeks thrift: my western plated belt from L-train vintage. In addition to that I added a little gothic spice to it with a black choker and dark-smokey makeup with the help of the lovely makeup artist Sommer Spagnolo. I hope this look can inspire you all to take a risk and mix and match it with different trends, create something you can call your own!
Photography: Darien Maginn
MUA: Sommer Spagnolo
This week I struck gold during my weekly thrift shopping outing. I bought a few rare vintage pieces which I’m super stoked to reveal within the next few weeks, but for now let’s talk about my rad new Stevie Nicks inspired scarf. It was love at first ‘touch’ when I dug my hands into a box full of hand-me-down scarves and felt this gorgeous velvety fabric brush against my hand. I tugged at the scarf immediately and was amazed with my incredible luck (Remember patience is key when thrifting). Once I finally had the entire scarf in my hand I noticed it was black velvet on one side, velvet with roses on the other, with a beautiful pleated lining around the edges. I found this gem at No Relation on the east side in Manhattan. They stay holding me down with fresh merch, I highly recommend this place if you’re looking to quickly find some quality “throwbies”.
And for those of you less interested in my extra lengthy description on my journey to find the ultimate winter scarf, the remainder of my outfit is from various locations. The jeans I’m wearing are Levi’s 501s from Urban Outfitters, shoes are vintage Nine West, and wrap-top is from American Apparel. My jewels are all from Lydell including the dainty hoops and edgy choker. Stay tuned to my Instagram @oursecondskin to enter for a chance to win the Lydell Choker. Don’t forget to check out http://www.Lydellnyc.com and shop some jewelry.
Photos by: Matthew Pastula
Comfort is undeniably one of the most fundamental parts of fashion. People say fashion kills, but I’m a firm believer that you can still be comfortable while looking great. For winter, my go to outfit always involves a flannel. The flannel has been one of my favorite things to wear during winter for years now, due to its soft, cozy and easy layer-ability. We all get lazy in winter, the chill seems to get to us. And the only thing on my mind is how to stay warm. If you’re wondering where to find the perfect flannel I would suggest hitting up your dad, grandpa or uncle, they probably have an outdated one they’re willing to get rid of. I usually thrift all of my flannels, truthfully that’s the best way to find the perfect broken in flannel.
This particular look was meant to address the fact that you don’t always have to go overly dressy to look nice. Here’s a look I would typically throw on for any average lazy day. My jeans are from Top Shop, Sneakers are Nike Air Max 90s, and my Flannel is thrifted.