My Closet: Crop Top and Mom Jeans

Y_6photography by Azikiwe Aboagye

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American Apparel Cotton Spandex Crop Tank | Buy here
Vintage Neiman Marcus Blazer | Similar style here
Vintage High-Waisted Levi’s Jeans | Buy here
Nike LunarGlide 6 | Similar style here

West Oakland, CA. — In our perfect universe, we have the best of two worlds, (perhaps fashionably) able to benefit from two very different ways of life. Grant it, this notion is often not used in describing clothing, but just humor me. Some might hesitate when told to embrace the crop top trend, but the trick I learned is to add a blazer, which shows less of your tummy. And to really turn down the sexy, I paired my top half with Mom jeans aka vintage Levi’s, and sneakers because comfort is key. Of course you can style the crop top with a pretty floral circle skirt or high waisted trousers, but you can dress down this garment too.

This is a unique pairing because who would suggest to wear a crop top with Mom jeans? Just because this outfit may be simple, it is far from boring. The bold yellow blazer actually distracts from my midriff baring crop top, and what about the tennis shoes you might ask? Well, pairing daywear with sneakers is the craze right now. So, get with it. As a fan of mixing different styles together, this outfit proves you can pair pieces together that are conservative, yet daring — what I like to call a fashion oxymoron.


Currently Coveting: Navy Trench Jacket

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Holly Navy Trench Jacket $96 | Buy here

This modern trench coat is a must-have item for that tricky transition from summer to winter. Reminiscent of something Holly Golightly would have worn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but taking notes from a 90s bomber jacket this trench added a white ribbed collar. Enamored with gold button details and an adjustable waist belt, I imagine throwing this lightweight jacket over a cute Peter Pan collared lace dress (like the one pictured here) or even a bold colored dress and pumps.

Spotlight: Polished Preps

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San Francisco, CA — It is Tuesday morning, and I have a 6:45 a.m. photo shoot call time. I am not a morning person, but I will always make exceptions to style photo shoots like the one pictured here. Inspired by tailored men’s fashion, with a vintage feel, I put together two looks for each model that were polished and preppy. With the forestry and beach of Land’s End as their backdrop, the muted scene made their threads and presence quite noticeable. My favorite styling to date.

Models Charles and Tristen from Scout Model and Talent Agency

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My Closet: While in Brooklyn…


photography by Azikiwe Aboagye

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Brooklyn Circus “Esther Jean” Female Varsity $275 | Buy here
Scrap fabric made into a tube top | Unavailable
American Apparel Linen Pleated Cuff Short $54 | Buy here
Suede Lace-up Brogues | Similar style here

Berkeley, CA — I’m a California girl, born and raised, but there is just something about New York that I absolutely love. It’s the mixture of the hustle bustle of the city, the tall skyscrapers, and fashionable people all around, that’s making me miss the time I spent there. While in Brooklyn, I did some shopping (duh!) and as I said in a previous post about visiting the Brooklyn Circus store, I had to snag this sporty staple. On the rooftop outside my apartment window, I modeled the varsity with a tube top I made and high-waisted linen shorts. The top I made from scrap fabric that I cut from a thrifted shirt. The bottom half of the shirt was lined with a drawstring, so after cutting the shirt into a crop top, I got the idea to tie the rest of the fabric into the tube top you see pictured. I paired the top with linen shorts and brown suede lace-ups. Although styling instincts may urge one to wear this jacket with a more preppy top, I decided to give a little more edge to an urban look.


Currently Coveting: BK Circus Varsity


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Brooklyn Circus “Esther Jean” Female Varsity $275 | Buy here

-2With a mission in creating “classic aesthetics” with “antique motifs,” Brooklyn Circus is brand I absolutely adore for its tailored garments of urbane simplicity. Having recently visited New York last week, I was curious to check out the Brooklyn Circus headquarters. There I found a beautifully curated store from the uniforms hanging on their wooden racks, to the vintage accessories adorning tables and walls. This varsity jacket caught my eye in particular because of its light casual fit and handsome leather details. The maroon color is striking, yet feminine for a tomboy styled garment. I actually have quite a few letterman jackets, so adding this one to the collection seemed more than appropriate. I usually style such jackets to tailored perfection with a shirt tucked into ripped boyfriend paired with Penny loafers. But, I will also wear them with a simple dress or romper. Although an investment, this jacket is versatile enough for chilly summer nights, and winter layering.

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