I get style inspiration from a number of sources on any given day. Lately I’ve been I’ve really been feeling the monochromatic trend and I’m almost sure it was because I saw it on Ellen Pompeo, Marcia Cross or Connie Britton. Don’t know what I mean? Well, there are so many leading ladies that hail from Boston that are making quite a statement every day with their East Coast style.
Keep reading for their style & my fashion tips as an East Coast girl!
As with anything, East Coast style varies from person to person. Bits and pieces are meant to be tailored (pun intended) to fit each person’s needs. However, there are some unchanging bits that make it a very unique way to dress.
Rule #1: Be polished.
If your hair is being unruly, hide your wicked wisps in a bun. If your pants have belt loops, use them. (Or hide them wight he right hemline.) Avoid wrinkles at all costs. Accessorize simply and strategically when appropriate. Eats Coast style is about being (seemingly) effortless and fashion forward about your wardrobe choices.
Ellen Pompeo, Everett
Rule #2: Be smart.
While some styles can have a higher price tag, there is a significant emphasis on dressing and shopping wisely. This means mixing vintage with trendy and consigned to capture a buttoned-up, statement-making sophisticated style that doesn’t always have to break the bank.
Marcia Cross, Marlborough
Rule #3: Neutral doesn’t mean boring.
I once interviewed a West Coast pal who said that East Coast style is known for its default on black. Since hearing this I’ve made a conscious effort to pass on the dark backdrop and utilize more beige and white.
Connie Brittton, Boston
Rule #4: Read the fine print.
East Coast style separates itself from its West Coast rival with many small details, not the least of which are small prints. In fact, I’ve been working on trying out mixing in prints instead of pairing outfits with colors or monochromatic counterparts and it has been so worth it.
Rachel Dratch, Lexington
Rule #5: Love your staples.
West Coast girls have the luxury of bright colors, creative lines and casual pieces. East Coast girls have the gift of needing to be ready for a cocktail party at a moment’s notice making things like dressy tops, classic items (like a little black dresses and black stilettos) are so necessary and lovable.
Mindy Kaling, Cambridge
Rule #6: When it comes to statement pieces, less is more.
If you scroll through some of the stealer ladies I’ve included in this post, Ellen has her bag, Marcia has her shoes and Connie has her paneled dress. New England ladies know that a statement piece is just that and it shouldn’t be upstaged by too many other pieces.
Amy Poehler, Burlington
Rule #7: The more function, the more of a favorite-factor.
If I fall in love with a dress that has those fake, sewn-up pockets, I buy it (of course), bring it home and figure out a way to tear those puppies open. East Coast ladies need to have their hands free for hot lattes, padfolios and over-arm bags or clutches. It’s just a fact.
Maria Menounos, Medford