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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.

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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.

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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!)

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Photos by Lara LoBrutto

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