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Thursday, May 28th 2009

style it: tattered luxury

As a self-professed girly girl (a closetful of crayon brights, a garden party frock here, a chiffon rosette there), I’ve been having fun at the other end of the fashion spectrum lately by mixing some street rawness into my look. I’ve been experimenting with shades of grey and have been digging slouchy handbags, scuffed ankle boots, tarnished studs, and unraveling scarves. And with the arrival of a few shopbop newcomers, my tattered luxury fascination continues.

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Every girl needs more R&R in her routine—Rock & Republic, that is. Some R&R styles are high-roller flashy (case in point: the backside of the Berlin Skinny Jeans), but I’m partial to the Posey Low Rise Skinny’s grungy wash and razored rips.

Since the Poseys are ankle length, showcasing megawatt heels is a priority. I’ve been obsessed with Elizabeth and James’s downtown dresses and dagger necklaces, and now I can add Elizabeth and James shoes to my list of infatuations. I love how the Jazz Button Pumps put a temptress twist on a traditional style.

Maureen was wearing this Fallon necklace with a black jersey maxi yesterday, and my reaction came out about as eloquent as a tween boy’s: “Whoa! You look hot!” But that’s the point. A piece like this doesn’t prompt flowery poetic waxing; responses are apt to be visceral and hard-hitting.

But the real beauty of the Fallon necklace?  It packs a knockout punch in the first round when coupled with nothing fancier than a featherweight Helmut Lang burnout tank, trashed jeans, and killer kicks.

--Suzanne

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