February 9th, 2014
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Why am I in Boston the opening weekend of FW14 shows? Because, first and foremost, I am a mother and I’m visiting my older daughter. Truth be told, this weekend especially, I prefer looking at the collections online as it’s freezing in NYC and the designers are presenting all over the city.

Last evening, as I strolled Newbury street in my current run-around outfit– black fur jacket, black sweater and pants, mini crossbody bag, and white sneakers, I certainly got quite a few looks. Although Boston is my hometown, I realized that I’ve been away for a lifetime and I’m now a New Yorker, inside, and more obviously, out.

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  • I love your fur jacket. This year i am drawn to fur – i am looking at lots of gilets/vests. However my problem is that my kids would be terribly upset to see me wearing a dead animals fur. How do you cope with this?

    melanieFebruary 9th, 2014  9:16 AM

     
  • Perfectly cut fur…so hard to find…please tell me the designer.

    TrishFebruary 9th, 2014  9:18 AM

     
  • A great fur coat and “uniform”. Curious which small crossbody bag you ended up with?

    KathyFebruary 9th, 2014  9:35 AM

     
  • I would also like to know what crossbody bag you have. Also have you ever done a post on jewelry you wear everyday?

    susanFebruary 9th, 2014  10:07 AM

     
  • I feel the same when I go home to Boston. While Boston is such a beautiful city, it stills needs a little help in the fashion department. I love that you looked fabulous marching down Newbury. Also, love the fur coat, who is it by?

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    Caitlin ConfidentialFebruary 9th, 2014  11:19 AM

     
  • Who is the coat/jacket designer? Must have one!
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    angela sunbergFebruary 9th, 2014  12:38 PM

     
  • I don’t think it’s you lived in New York – Boston is not a fashionably chic place, yes there may be some folks but not many. I am from the West Coast and get the same response when walking around town if I am wearing anything somewhat chic! Please don’t misunderstand, I do love it here and don’t want of offend anyone!

    TammyFebruary 9th, 2014  1:06 PM

     
  • I don’t mind the sneaker but they do seem like a summer shoe. They would only look good with bare ankles. That doesn’t seem good for cold and snow!

    EBFebruary 9th, 2014  2:01 PM

     
  • I live in Ann Arbor which I am sure makes Boston seem very fashion forward! I do love it here though! What I don’t understand is how people live in a warm weather climate. I’d hate to live without boots, cashmere, fur, leather. Preston, love your fur coat! It’s perfect!

    PaulaFebruary 9th, 2014  5:05 PM

     
  • Great post! Sadly, extremely casual is the American uniform. Keep showing them how to be chic and casual.

    TanishaFebruary 9th, 2014  6:56 PM

     
  • My moto is ‘dress as you would like, whether it’s up or down, in my case always up, always a bit edgy or forward, and care not for what others are doing (mostly). Your dress, style, is an expression of oneself. It should be independent of judgement. Like art, it is what it is and it is to be enjoyed. Period.

    ElenaFebruary 9th, 2014  7:27 PM

     
  • Boston’s ‘issue’ might be that it is predominantly a college town. I have found that the more elite the college, especially in the northeast, the shabbier everyone looks. Southern and southeastern schools are an entirely different scene–everyone tidies up and it’s not only okay to look spiffy, it is the norm.

    PaulaFebruary 10th, 2014  2:28 AM

     
  • Perhaps ‘shabby’ is too harsh–let’s say ‘extremely casual.’ : )

    PaulaFebruary 10th, 2014  2:30 AM

     
  • I have been living in MI for the past couple years because of my husband’s job, but I’m from NYC originally. I picked up my daughter from school in MI after a photo shoot I styled wearing leather pants, a shearling jacket and a fedora. I thought the other mom’s eyes were going to pop out of their head! Luckily, I’m moving back to NY next month where I can be free to be fashion me. Yahoooo!

    Illysia from MadlyChic.comFebruary 10th, 2014  9:25 AM

     
  • I definitely know the feeling. When you don’t dress like the ‘norm’, people look at you like your crazy, but you appreciate personal style and don’t want to dress like everyone else.

    StephanieFebruary 10th, 2014  10:41 AM

     
  • The jacket is Joseph, I bought it during our first deep freeze in December. And I have been so happy with my Givenchy Pandora that I bought the mini crossbody version and love it.

    PrestonFebruary 10th, 2014  3:05 PM

     
  • I love the jacket. I would have to echo the sentiments about fashion and Boston. On a whole they don’t go together. I read John Molloy’s original “Dress for Success” years ago and I remember Boston was singled out as a place apparel such as brown/olive green suits and corduroy could be acceptable for business attire, but should never be worn anywhere else if you were climbing the corporate ladder. All New England is a bit of a fashion wasteland.

    AprilFebruary 10th, 2014  8:23 PM

     

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