“Boston isn’t exactly considered a fashion capital, and I think that’s because a lot of Bostonians have this idea that fashion and intellect are mutually exclusive, or that fashion is all about social status, so they feel afraid of it. I think that’s nonsense.” says Annie. Learn how this fashion blogger is turing Boston into a fashion capital!
Where are you from? What brought you to Boston?
I’m actually originally from a suburb just outside of Boston. I went to school in Florida for three years, and when I decided it wasn’t for me, I decided to come home. I don’t think I fully appreciated Boston until I left.
Tell us a little about your blog! How/why did you start it?
I realized I wanted to do this as soon as I discovered personal fashion blogs even existed, which was a little late in the game. People didn’t consider fashion “cool” in my hometown, so it took a while for me to find others who shared my passion and could bring me into the bigger discussion. I’ve always considered jealousy a highly unproductive emotion, so when I caught myself feeling envious of a coworker who’d already established a successful fashion blog, I took that as my cue to get started. She was so welcoming and helpful.
I knew I wanted my blog to have a strong sense of humor and appeal to both fashion-lovers, as well as those who perhaps find fashion a bit daunting, so it was important that the title not take itself too seriously, and Annie’s Fashion Sauce was born. For whatever reason, the name Annie has been consistently associated with food in America, so I figured, why fight it? People laugh whenever I give them my business card, and that makes me happy.
What inspires your unique sense of fashion?
My parents are two of the most stylish people I know, and they’ve always encouraged individuality. We have this “why would I want to look like everyone else?” take on fashion, and I’m so grateful for that…although I’m certain they didn’t intend for this to result in a head of blue hair. (They’re surviving.) Apart from my parents, I seek inspiration anywhere I can. I learn something from every movie I watch, every person I meet–and obviously social media has become a constant, wonderful source. I love the unexpected, so I take all of that inspiration and translate it into my own, unique look.
Who are some of your favorite designers?
My favorites include Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs, and French sister-brands Sandro & Maje. I have a deep affection for designers who manage to make minimalism a little bit (or very) bizarre.
How do you want your blog to impact the greater Boston community?
Let’s be honest, Boston isn’t exactly considered a fashion capital, and I think that’s because a lot of Bostonians have this idea that fashion and intellect are mutually exclusive, or that fashion is all about social status, so they feel afraid of it. I think that’s nonsense. As both a writer and a fashion-stylist, I strive to bring a sense of feminism to Boston’s perspective on personal style, and to show people that it’s an empowering way to express yourself and take pride in your identity. If you avoid fashion to avoid judgment, you’re essentially letting others control you. I hope my blog inspires people to just have fun and dress for themselves. Embrace your weirdness! Or, as I say on the blog, stay saucy…
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