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My Style Spirit Animal

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My personal style tends to reflect my mood and maybe it’s the Gemini in me, but one day goes from downtown New Yorker with a bit of a rock’n’roll vibe, to totally laid back bohemian. The one consistent thing is that I’m a sucker for flowy fabrics that make me feel like I can dance around like Stevie Nicks. Perhaps, she’s my style spirit animal.

There’s something freeing about putting a kimono sleeve on and feeling the movement of the fabric. It just feels more “me” than putting on a tight, body-con top. It’s not for everyone though. I recommend finding your own style spirit animal by emulating an icon’s style that feels the most like you and your inner spirit.

Who (or what) is your style spirit animal?

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Alpinestars cocoon cardigan (c/o) // Cotton Citizen tank (c/o) // Joe’s jeans (c/o) // J.Crew hat (this one direct from the manufacturer, but sold at J.Crew too) // Birkenstock sandals // vintage necklace and bag // Lilla Designs bracelet (c/o) // Maison Antonym double ring


Summertime and The Livin’ Is Easy

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There’s something about summer that forces everything to become a bit more laid back—including my style. I can’t deal with anything fussy when the temps go up.

You can’t go wrong with a white tee and boyfriend jeans, but you can make it a bit more polished with your accessories like a bright structured bag, wedges, sunglasses, and a scarf or headband. When you mix simple gold accessories like April Soderstrom’s featherweight hoop earrings, it almost seems effortless.

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STYLIST TIP: While I’m not a hair stylist, I’ve been asked many times on set to fix the talent’s hair when a hair stylist is not on hand. I’ve learned this easy hair trick from the pros:

1. Pull the hair back into a ponytail and secure with a clear elastic or one that matches one’s hair color.

2. Then take a piece of the hair and wrap it around the elastic until it’s covered.

3. Secure with u-shaped bobby-pins and you instantly have a polished summer hair style. Add a scarf or turban headband to combat the humidity and frizz.

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top: James Perse / jeans: BDG (old, similar online) / shoes: T.J.Maxx / bag: Topshop / scarf and sunglasses: c/o George Gina & Lucy / earrings: c/o April Soderstrom / bracelets: PatchNYC, etc…


How To Look Cute For College

Samantha, as student at Barnard in NYC, asked ANDI: 
Could you give me tips on how to look cute when I’m rushing to class? Or also when I want to be comfortable studying in the library?

ANSWER:
Dressing comfortably without looking like you just rolled out of bed is always a challenge. When you are only going to class or to study, it’s tough to resist the ease of sweatpants. My rule is just say “no” unless you’re headed to the gym!

To me, jeans or leggings are just as easy and can be as comfy, especially a pair with a lot of stretch in them, but you can still look polished. A dark denim pair like these stretchy leggings-style jeans by J.Brand are easy enough for class and have double duty for nights out too. These Current/Elliott ankle length skinny jeans are casually cute and won’t actually break your student budget.

Try a tissue thin tee or even one with a subtle print with a cotton or cashmere blend easy cardigan, like this hoody/cardigan hybrid by All Saints. It can make you feel as cozy as if you threw on your school’s hoody, but you’ll look more mature than an underclassman.

It’s really all in the accessories. You can jazz up a plain tee and jeans by adding some cute shoes and a statement piece of jewelry like this affordable collar from ModCloth or this BaubleBar bold necklace.

I also find that a cotton sweatshirt-style dress like this French Connection frock can be the most comfortable and easy item in your wardrobe. It’s sometimes easier than putting together an “outfit” and can take you from your study session to dinner with friends. In the warmer months, trade in your flip flops for chic flats or a classic kick like Converse. For fall, add opaque tights and booties and throw over a tailored blazer for an easy, put together look.

You never know who you may run into, so I always opt for being over-dressed—you may just have somewhere better to go after.

 xoLiz

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