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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Style&Shoot: A Tailored Tale

Style&Shoot: Blue skies and Polka dots

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Model: Caitlyn Bourbon | Styling and photography: Paige Ricks | Oakland, CA.

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Currently Coveting: FP Culottes


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Free People FP One High Waisted Pintuck Culottes $98 | Buy here

20140603014052My mother has often said to me, “I can’t believe you’re wearing that now! I wore those in 19…blah blah blah.” History has a funny way of repeating itself — and in fashion this coincidence happens — well, every season.

After admiring these pleated culottes online, it had me thinking, where did such cool pants come from? Culottes or “knee-breaches” as they were once called, were mainly worn by European upper-class men during the Renaissance era. Later, the pants transitioned into military wear, but during the late 19th-century women began wearing culottes. Also known as the split-skirt, women wore culottes to do activities, such as, horseback riding, biking, and gardening because it had the appearance of a skirt, but the freedom of shorts. Such an interesting little tidbit of history. Bet, you’ll never look at culottes the same…You’re welcome.

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