Meet Amanda, a friend and work colleague of mine. I want to share my love for her personal style with you. Seeing her at work every day in the office is like getting a new in-person, live blog update. Everyone who knows her is familiar with her signature bold lip and her daring, sharp sense of style (and she's crazy smart!). Even strangers want to know who she is and what she's wearing! On this particular autumn day, we went to Whole Foods for lunch, and she was stopped three times by shoppers– once for a photo.
Check out her interview below on her style influences, inspiration, and advice.
Q&A with Amanda
How would you describe your personal style?
I like to take risks– as long as they are flattering on my body! I believe in wabi sabi, the Japanese philosophy of beauty in imperfection. Adding in something a little off or un-matching makes the outfit feel more complete. I'm trend-aware, but I think any well-constructed, well-fitted garment in a beautiful fabric makes everyone shine the brightest, no matter what era it was made.
Who or what is your biggest influence in style?
In college I took some fiber arts electives and learned to crochet, sew, felt and created knit samples with a knitting machine. With the bit of knowledge I have about garment construction and textile creation, I really appreciate quality, detailing and technique. I'll decide to buy something because the material seems so special and I'll reject inexpensive, trendy items if they aren't made of natural fiber. I ALWAYS check the the label for the material composition.
Thats why I think the clothes themselves, good ones, are the most inspiring. When I look in my closet, I'll typically gravitate to one central piece for the outfit. Today it was debuting these new shoes. I know how to make my outfits feel current from passively absorbing through browsing Instagram daily, watching TV, and observing what other people are wearing at bars, grocery shopping, etc.
What are you wearing?
Helmut Lang jacket. The bag is by Cynthia Rowley. The necklace and skirt are by Madewell. You should shop there! The shirt is vintage; it's my mom's. And the shoes are Jeffrey Campbell.
Any tips for readers?
I think of lip color as an accessory. If you think you can't wear a bright lipstick, you can! You just aren't yet used to your face with a big pop of color.
If you have flat feet like me, or have any kind of foot or knee problem, you can wear comfortable and supportive shoes and still be stylish.
ALWAYS check the care label inside the garment before you buy. It gives you more perspective of the value for the price. Natural fibers like silk or wool will always be more expensive. I've given up buying polyester shirts and acrylic sweaters. A lot of times even those materials are marked up ridiculously high.
Follow Amanda on Twitter at @amandasavitzky.