Styling

Mid Century Autumn

Every season, Vogue publishes page after page telling you what’s “in” and what’s “out”, who wore who and the latest trends. Well news flash, it’s the same cat each time wearing a different hat. Remember that line from The Devil Wears Prada; “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” It’s truer than we’d like to believe. Each fall we are reintroduced to military, minimal, some version of “artistic”, western, inspired by (insert decade here), and layers (lots of layers). So why do we keep buying new things if fashion just repeats itself?

I’m not dissing the fashion world. To anyone who knows me, I’m a slave to fashion and dress (for myself, my own creative pursuit) every day. What I’m getting at is our infatuation with fast fashion, copying those with true talent, and the inevitable waste it produces at the end of the season.

In 2010 I began working at a local consignment boutique called Revolver. I was a shopper years before I became an employee and even now it’s one of the few places I actually shop. Sure, I’ll browse online, but I always go back to Revolver for unique pieces that are still in style. I can honestly say that at the moment I shop at three stores: Gap for basics, Belk for shoes, and Revolver for everything else. Revolver is guilt-free shopping: all items are in perfect condition, priced less than half their retail value, and vary from high end labels to unknown boutique brands.

I recently collaborated with photographer Terrence Jones, hair & makeup artist Keisha Kidd, and model Cassie Sebas to bring you six looks perfect for the upcoming season, composed of items found (and available for purchase!) at Revolver Boutique.

The overall theme for the shoot was classic, simple shapes with a focus on texture. We did a few looks in a neutral color palette and a few in vibrant hues. Either way, the statement is eye-catching without being extra. All ensembles were shot around the Milton Small building near NC State campus. I am in love with the use of materials in this Mid Century Modern structure, as well as the use of space to incorporate nature into a cosmopolitan environment.

N1aN1b
(Vintage Perry Ellis coat, vintage boots & vintage necklaces)
According to Elle magazine, the “robe coat” is huge for Fall/Winter 2014. Personally, I prefer this vintage Perry Ellis coat as it provides enough structure to keep the garment from looking like an actual bath robe.

N2(T Alexander Wang shirt, Magellan’s cape, Vince Camuto heels, metal bracelet)
Capes are also making a comeback this season and I couldn’t be more excited. I am a collector of capes and feel that they suit any occasion. With winter approaching, inclement weather is inevitable. This utilitarian cape is perfect for staying chic (and warm) come rain or snow.

N3(James Perse dress, Vince shirt, Joseph jacket, Harrods cape, BCBG Maxazria belt, Nine West boots)
I don’t know about you, but I absolutely freeze once the temperature drops below 60. The best way to combat the cold? Layer on layers on layers (Harpers Bazaar calls this look “The Wanderer). To pull this off, pair items of varying textures and colors, then cinch everything to keep your figure. This doubles as a wonderful opportunity to play with different trends in one ensemble (like a cape + plaid print).

C1(Theory sweater, Lauren Moffatt cardigan, vintage Goldrings Couture coat, Free People jeans, Korks heels)
Glamour Magazine noted the glow of orange on the runway for F/W 14, an unlikely color that could use more respect. The orange lip has become widely accepted, so why not let the color trickle down the rest of the body? In this ensemble, I played off of a split-complementary color scheme to create an artistic flair. Since the shapes of each garment are clean and simple, you can afford to mix crazy colors with cool textures, without becoming overwhelmed.

C2aC2b
(J. Jill dress, Carlisle cardigan, pashmina scarf, Haute Hippie belt, and Rebel boots)
I was inspired by the design of the decade (of the building) when composing ensembles for this photoshoot, thus my use of off-kilter color combinations reminiscent of Mid-century artwork. Sometimes the unexpected makes for the most striking visual; like the mix of sky blue, pea green, and brick red. As with the previous ensemble, the trick is to work with classic silhouettes. It is also best to keep hair & makeup simple, not overdone.

C3(Allude sweater, Michael by MK jacket, Hudson corduroys, Daniblack heels, vintage ring)
This is a minimal take on military. The muted hues of olive green and raisin let the red do all the talking. The ensemble is both cool and sexy, perfect for any event (day or night). A leather jacket lends a tough girl vibe to any outfit, but by choosing a colored leather, the piece becomes more versatile and softer around the edges (compared with a black version). I’m obsessed with these shoes, though. From the front they are your basic brown pumps, but catch and angle and be prepared to shock passer-bys!

So next time you go shopping for wardrobe updates, don’t consider the date. Check out Revolver Boutique on Glenwood South for amazing pieces that are unique as they are affordable.

Big thanks to Revolver Boutique, Terrence of J1S Photography, Keisha Kidd, and the ever fabulous Cassie Sebas!

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