“Andi” circa 1970’s
No, that’s not me as a kid with Robert Redford.
Being I was away for father’s day last weekend, I didn’t have a chance to do a proper post in the honor of the day. Better late than never—my father just sent me this great picture of in our most stylish looks from way back when.
I’m not sure if I support my pink and grey uniformy look, though those velcro kicks are pretty sweet—in an ironic hipster kind of way.
My father, on the other hand, has taught me everything I know about mens fashion (GQ helped of course too). Check out his cool aviator frames and retro tennis style. Men of Brooklyn get jealous because Dad’s were definitely the original hipsters.
p.s. I’m not sure who that great dog is, but I suspect that one of its owners was Julie Chaiken, judging by where this picture was taken.
“Andi” June 1967
This picture sums up my mother’s style in the ’60’s when she was surfin’ USA with her friends in a van.
I had not one, but two beach-themed shoots in the past couple of weeks—one of which was actually shot on the beach. I found myself wanting to channel my mother’s fashion sense with easy mens shirts thrown over bikinis. Great sunnies are a must as well.
How does your mother’s style influence you? Email a great vintage photo of your mom’s style to firstname.lastname@example.org and I may feature it on DEAR ANDI!
Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend. I know I did. I celebrated my birthday at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens (courtesy of my mother-in-law, who got me a membership for my birthday). It was a bit overcast, but perfect weather for strolling through the flowers and sketching the botany.
Though, despite the lack of sun, I wasn’t taking my chances after getting a nasty sunburn on a shoot last week when it was overcast.
Thank goodness for great hats like this one from TJMaxx for only $20!
“Andi” circa 1980’s
As you can see by the stylish photo of my mother in the 80’s, the style apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Being we were feeling the recession of the 1980’s, my mother resorted to make most of our clothes.
She would take an old men’s t-shirt and sew elastic into the lower half of it to create a dress (as pictured). She’d then pull the dress over cardboard and paint it in various designs like this fun beach scene. I often had matching dresses like these, along with the matching perm (thanks mom) and still tend to dress creatively like this today—minus the perm.
How does your mother influence your style? Send your favorite style pic of your mom to email@example.com with a sentence on how she inspires the way you dress, and I will feature the winner on Dear Andi!
The FSMNYC GIVEAWAY winner is @elkammeyer with her many tweets and Facebook posts. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange getting your new necklace! Stay tuned for more upcoming Giveaways…
Jessica Simpson jacket (TJMaxx) / Leifsdottir top / Madewell jeans (sold out, but similar style here) / Aerosoles shoes (Marshalls) / etc… watch necklace and watchband bracelets (both at ByBrooklyn) / Gypsies + Debutantes friendship bracelet / other bracelet c/o Jewelry by Beth Lauren / vintage bag (Gypsy Nation at the Artists & Fleas) / vintage scarf, sunnies, earrings
With this wacky weather we’ve been having here in NYC, I’m destined for a bad hair day. It’s days like this that force me to throw it back into yet another bun or something of the like. A nice way to freshen that up, is throwing a vintage scarf and making an easy turban with it.
Easy Turban ‘Do:
No luck with this? Just go get a cool turban pre-made headband like this gorgeous silk one from E.Kammeyer or this wire one from Free People (which requires slightly more skill) and look like you know what you’re doing.
Knitted & Knotted top (Anthropologie, similar) / Greylin pants (at TJMaxx, similar / Gypsy Nation vintage bag / Kathryn Amberleigh shoes / Lucite bangles ($2 jewelry store on 14th Street in Manhattan, similar) / etc… ring and necklace / vintage sunnies and ring / E.Kammeyer turban headband
After seeing all of my friends on the West Coast enjoying Coachella last week, I’m having a bit of music fest envy at the moment. I haven’t had much time this year to go to concerts sadly, but that doesn’t mean I can’t dress less I’m going to one!
I was working with designs from E.Kammeyer for a shoot last week and just happened to fall in love with this turban headband from her spring collection. It’s been seen on celebs and now maybe at future music festivals (wishful thinking!).