The end of the academic year brings with it squeals for summer and tears of goodbye, photos at commencement and autographs in yearbooks. This year’s yearbook was a fashion magazine featuring the sartorial preferences of students, faculty, and administrators. I was lucky enough to get a photo spread with an interview conducted by the publication’s editor-in-chief. Here’s what I had to say to my teenage audience. Hopefully there are a few nuggets in here for you, too!
1. Who is your fashion icon?
I don’t really have a fashion icon but if I had to choose one person whose style I consistently admire, it would be my mom. She moved seamlessly from a young professional to a new and active mom to a mother with teenage daughters. She had a lot of character and confidence, and somehow blended glamour and cool with practicality and a sense of appropriateness.
Other people I look to are your everyday people—men and women on the subway and in the streets—who have an effortless style as they go about their everyday lives.
2. What is your favorite clothing article or accessory?
You’d think I would say a great pair of shoes or a statement necklace, but my favorite accessory is the watch. I feel naked without one and I can’t stand being late.
3. How did you dress in high school?
Because I had a uniform in high school, there wasn’t much to play with—but where I could, I would. I wore a lot of fishnet tights and ties. I guess I was already playing a naturally feminine and classic inclination against some masculine and raw edge.
4. I don’t think I’ve ever seen you wear the same ensemble twice. How do you plan your outfits?
Anyone who knows me knows I’m a planner and extremely scheduled, so my outfits are centered around my activities for the day. On weekdays, an outfit has to take me from work to a meeting/volunteering to a social event. On weekends, I go from working out to brunch to running errands to an afternoon meet-up…usually there’s a costume change before the evening.
While I do wear the same ensemble twice, sometimes several days in a row, it’s rare because I love reimagining, reinventing, and repurposing. I value the longevity of quality, classic, and vintage items both to be green and to cherish the stories old things hold. I still wear some of my clothes from high school, and I wear a lot of my mom’s clothes (and even some of my dad’s) and carry her bags, etc. Sometimes they’re great as is; sometimes I update them to extend their lives.
5. Do you have any tips for aspiring fashionistas?
A. There are no rules.
B. Take risks.
C. Get inspired:
– Look up and around you—people watch!
– Read a lot (books, blogs, magazines, newspapers, art, etc.)
– Travel the world (or your city!)
Photos by Lara LoBrutto