Spotlight: Polished Preps

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Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetSan 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 a photo shoot 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 the backdrop, the muted scene made their clothing and presence even more 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…

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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.

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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.

My Closet: Island Vibes

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photography by Azikiwe Aboagye

Emeryville, CA. — Summer only comes one way in the Berkeley-San Francisco area, and it’s not something the weather (wo)man can predict because it is truly a happy accident. You wake up and it’s sunny skies and 80-degree weather, but often that sunshine is traded for grey skies the following day. So, when this happy accident occurs, pandemonium follows — and, by pandemonium I mean “I-don’t-think-I-own-a-pair-of-shorts” type of fear. Scary I know, but lucky for me, in the way, way, way back of my closet are my summer threads, like this crocheted halter top and tribal culottes. A week ago, I wrote about a cool pair of pleated culottes I found at Free People, so when I found these breezy versions at a thrift store, I was thrilled.


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Vintage Crochet Halter Top | Similar style here
Vintage Tribal Print Culottes | Similar style here
Mossimo Sandals | Similar style here

I paired the split skirt with a crocheted top made in the same bright colors as the culottes. Although an outfit for the beach, perhaps, an empty parking lot with “EMERYVILLE” lettering in the background seemed like a more unsuspecting setting for the mood. What I love about this outfit is its comfort and versatility — I could easily pair these pieces with different bottoms or tops, and exude the same island vibes. For example, the culottes could be paired with a backless bodysuit, and the top could be paired with a white high-waisted skirt or long denim cut-offs.

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