Style Guru Bio: Moll Levine

My name is Moll and I am a sophomore majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications at George Washington University.

Growing up, I attended a small private school in Connecticut with a strict dress code and I was always trying to push the boundaries. Our school stressed that in order to be a valuable member of a community, one must show respect to the dress code. Consequently, items such as ripped denim, leggings, and cropped tops, some of my personal favorites, were deemed inappropriate. What I ultimately took away from my high school experience, aside from winning the yearbook superlative “Most Dresscode Violations”, was that the clothes you choose to wear carry a certain power. They command the way you hold yourself and the way others see you. I now understand that the best way to be stylish and grab someone’s attention while still maintaining a sense of modesty is to adopt your own take on trends.

Spending most of my time between Connecticut and New York City, my personal style is a hybrid of suburban and urban life. I tend to gravitate toward classic silhouettes with a twist; muted colors and nautical accents with edgy detailing like zippers and all things with studs. I choose to accessorize with anything over-sized – big bags, big sweaters and big jewelry, always in gold tones. Every day I wear a gold and jade ring of my grandmothers; it’s my good-luck charm.
With day-to-day wear, I kid that one should suffer for fashion. This rule is applicable when it comes to sky high wedges, or fur that sheds, but when it comes down to being on-the-go, I am a creature of comfort. Leggings are always my first pick, and all my t-shirts are soft and well-worn. I only typically wear tops that fall to a shoulder, or don’t cover too much of my neck.  In the winter, the camel color of my cashmere wraps compliment all of my pieces of gold jewelry, and match well with my brown leather Cole Haan equestrian riding boots.

When my closet feels dull, I draw inspiration from my favorite blogs including WhoWearWhat, the Covetur, the Cobrasnake, Into The Gloss, The Satorialist, The Man Repeller, and Refinery29. Over the years, I have immersed myself in the world of fashion, working closely under Camilla and Christina Lehr, daughters of the well-renowned Henry Lehr. Both women have become my fashion icons – Camilla for her contemporary taste, muted color palate and European sophistication, Christina for her love of stripes and happy colors with vintage flair. These women have the ability to make clothes look painfully cool and effortless all at the same time.

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