one of the best things about fashion is its capacity to cloak a person in disguise - an eternally black-clad minimalist can go acid washed neon-happy in the blink of an eye if she so chooses, and as long as the final results are aesthetically pleasing, it's no harm, no foul. even so, sometimes i find myself craving things that are bit of a tough pill to swallow. while i save up pennies in pursuit of a perfectly androgynous, avant garde piece, a preppy inclination currently lurks dangerously in the farthest reaches of my fashion consciousness. i indulged this whim recently at rugby, hoping that the purchase would quell this bizarre whim, but every now and then i catch myself daydreaming about packing a vera with lilly and running off to martha's.
i'm not quite sure how to handle this, but past experience has taught me that suppressing the urge won't help. i might as well just give in and wait until the desire passes. at the same time, i refuse to join the campus cesspool of conformity, mindlessly donning polos paired with riding boots and a barbour jacket. it's not that i don't appreciate the classic ruggedness of barbour jackets, but my individualist spirit would prefer if i could figure out a way to channel prep with a healthy dose of my own personal panache.
while researching upcoming boston events, i found down:2:earth, which is, among other things, a "marketplace for eco-friendly products." their second annual exposition is taking place this weekend, so i took a gander at their exhibitors, zeroing in on the fashion vendors. again and again creates handbags, totes, messenger bags, and christmas stockings (too cute) out of recycled sails. i'm particularly enamored of their peace sign tote, considering my obsession with the symbol and its origins in semaphore. my only complaint was that the selection was somewhat limited. ella vickers, who will also be at the d:2:e expo this weekend, solved this problem. she also repurposes sailcloth, but her offerings are considerably more numerous, ranging from dog beds and duffel bags to yoga bags and my favorite - shower curtains. achieving a prep vibe in a subtle, environmentally conscious manner - i couldn't ask for more.
in other news, i've never really considered myself a huge "shoe person," much as i love them, but i'm pretty sure my heart stopped when i saw topshop nyc's shoe lounge on refinery 29. take me there?