Style Inspiration under $49: HBO’s Girls

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I’m certainly not the first to say it, but HBO’s runaway hit show Girls has become a total cultural phenomenon. Love it or hate it, it’s a series that makes an impression. With Season 2 premiering last Sunday, I’m cramming in a Season 1 Girls-a-thon, which I know will bring back memories of seeing the show for the first time and how uncannily real all the characters are.

I can identify with aspects of each character on any given day, usually based on my current level of sleep deprivation, caffeine consumption, and generally drama quotient. Each has a distinct style, but they’re all totally wearable for many women.

All four collages are made up solely of items under $49, which seemed most appropriate for style inspired by broke twentysomethings! Enjoy.

HBO Girls Style: Hannah

HBO Girls Style: Hannah

Hannah, the show’s main character, has a quasi-vintage, super-eclectic look. Her character always looks a bit disheveled, but I cleaned up the silhouette to take her style from charmingly frumpy to a little more polished. Everything’s a little mismatched, but that’s a part of her charm!

HBO Girls Style: Jessa

HBO Girls Style: Jessa

Jessa is always the center of attention, and she loves it. The ultimate daring fashionista, she refuses to reveal any self-consciousness in how she dresses. Whether it’s wearing see-through pants to her first nanny gig or a Gaga-esque feathered jacket to a party, she always keeps things interesting. You know those weird, trendy looks that only work on a runway? She nails them.

HBO Girls Style: Shoshanna

HBO Girls Style: Shoshanna

Shoshanna seems to be the archetypal “good girl,” but you never know when she might cut loose and run barefoot and screaming down the street. I wanted to channel her innocent, girlish style that totally belies her wackiness. Can’t go wrong with a pan collar!

HBO Girls Style: Marnie

HBO Girls Style: Marnie

Marnie is always polished, put-together, and dresses about 5 years older than the other girls. I wanted to pay tribute to her power-woman look but balance her classic dress with a contemporary boyfriend blazer. Who knows, perhaps Booth Jonathan will return in Season 2 and help Marnie let her hair down…

Are you aboard the Girls train, or are you not a fan? Which character, if any, do you identify with? Is it just about style, or does it extend to personality?

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Maison Scotch Spring/Summer 2013 Collection

Maison Scotch, Scotch & Soda, Spring/Summer 2013, Spring 2013 collection

I have to say, I’ve fallen in love with Maison Scotch, the women’s line from Amsterdam-based Scotch & Soda. I generally try to avoid fashion blogger hyperbole (“smitten,” “obsessed,” “craving,” and the like), but rarely does a line so perfectly capture the effortless-chic aesthetic that I adore.

Maison Scotch’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection features a rich variety of textures and their signature relaxed cuts that still feel refined. There are plenty of southwest-inspired earth tones, but pops of aqua and cherry mix things up nicely. As always, their trousers and tops look best when casually cuffed, which feminizes a boyfriend silhouette. It’s also relatively easy to size down for a more fitted look, which I’ve done in the past with their button-downs.

I love how their campaign is part fashion showcase, part photo diary- it feels like we’re getting an intimate peek at happy vacation photos, not stiffly somber studio images. Also, could they have chosen a more beautiful backdrop? I think not.

I hope you enjoy these highlights from their new collection! Scotch & Soda, Maison Scotch, Spring/Summer 2013, Spring 2013 collection

Maison Scotch, Scotch & Soda, Spring/Summer 2013, Spring 2013 collection

Maison Scotch, Scotch & Soda, Spring/Summer 2013, Spring 2013 collection

Maison Scotch, Scotch & Soda, Spring/Summer 2013, Spring 2013 collectionMaison Scotch, Scotch & Soda, Spring/Summer 2013, Spring 2013 collection

Maison Scotch, Scotch & Soda, Spring/Summer 2013, Spring 2013 collection

Maison Scotch, Scotch & Soda, Spring/Summer 2013, Spring 2013 collection

Maison Scotch, Scotch & Soda, Spring/Summer 2013, Spring 2013

Maison Scotch, Scotch & Soda, Spring/Summer 2013, Spring 2013 collection

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I’m a Lumberjack, and I’m Okay!

Maison Scotch checked shirt, checked shirt, leather vest, Frye boots, Lucy boots, Sanfranista outfit, EmbarcaderoMaison Scotch shirt (similar here), Spyder vest (also here), Target pants (thrift), Frye “Lucy” boots

In San Francisco, it’s as cliche as prep school girls wearing pearls, but I’m proud of my substantial plaid shirt arsenal. From heavy wool flannel to feather-weight cotton, I turn to my checked shirts when I’m at an outfit impasse. I love them over cocktail dresses as a funky jacket alternative, but they’re most at home when paired with skinny jeans and hefty boots.

My husband calls these my “fake hiker boots,” but these Fryes are actually as practical as their heavy laces and lug soles suggest. I mean, I wouldn’t actually wear them hiking, but I can traverse miles of concrete in these suckers. There’s something about taking construction-style boots and adding a heel that I just love. Call me kooky!

I hadn’t planned on doing outfit photos that night (hence the zero makeup- eek!), but I had some nervous energy to burn before The Crucible’s fashion show. Jim and I enjoyed an exotic meal at Chipotle (the best pre-runway prep, am I right?) and stopped for a few photos before journeying to West Oakland for the show. I love the Embarcadero area at night, after the business crowds have cleared out and the area is quiet and full of lights.

I may look a little like a lumberjack, but at least I’m a well-dressed one.

Frye Lucy boots, lace-up boots, cuffed jeans, cuffed jeans with boots, leather bootsMaison Scotch checked shirt, checked shirt, leather vest, Sanfranista outfit, EmbarcaderoMaison Scotch checked shirt, checked shirt, leather vest, Frye boots, Lucy boots, Sanfranista outfit, Embarcadero

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