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Your Guide to Fashion on Cape Cod




often say that, with no real artistic talent, fashion is one of the only ways that I am able to express my creative side. It is how many people do the same, including five Cape Cod teen girls each of whom have their own unique sense of style that you will see exhibited in the following pages.

of self-love is the most important thing they can achieve.

Part of showing self-love, as well as confidence, is by dressing how you want no matter what others think or wear. Kathryn, Marla, Emma, Hannah and Laura are all amazing girls who love to express themselves through fashion in I wanted to include teenagers in this issue their own distinctive way. for several reasons. One, it is the fall season, Dress Local, which means kids go back-to-school. Second, I wanted to show parents and kids that there are many locally owned stores where they can find on-trend and cool clothing. Last, and probably most of all, I wanted to show how beautiful girls are no matter their hair color, height, size, or wardrobe. As a teenager I (like most girls) struggled with body image, and was very self-conscious about what I wore and how I looked. If I could go back and tell my teenage self the beauty I see in her now, I would (don’t we all!); unfortunately I can’t. What I can do is tell every teenage girl that I meet in my store or through this magazine how beautiful they are, and how having a sense




Editor Amanda Converse amanda@lovelocalmedia.com

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By Amanda Converse & Emma Childs Illustrations by Amy Szep

Ever hear a fashion buzz word and wonder what the heck the stylists are talking about? Here is your guide to the trends of the season.


Navy Material: Leather


Army Green

Burnt Orange



Leather has always been a statement piece that can totally transform an outfit, whether it be a skirt, pants or a great jacket. This season, leather accents are a great way to give a look more edge without going overboard. Whether it’s a striped panel down the side of a pant or sleeves on a tee shirt, it still manages to convey a tough girl vibe while still remaining wearable.

Hemline: Fit & Flare

Think of the fit and flare skirt as a flirtier pencil skirt- with a straight fit through the top and a little volume at the bottom. The skirts are showing in prints, varying lengths, and different fabrics for different functions: lighter fabrics for a more casual look and silk for a more elegant occasion.

Pattern: Symmetric

A symmetric print is an eye-catching pattern that is funky and intriguing while also looking chic and modern. The reflection of the pattern will draw eyes and guarantee some double takes. Whether you wear a little cocktail dress with a mirrored image or a slouchy tee with a kaleidoscope print you are sure to look high end and stylish.

Waistline: Crossover

The crossover waistline is different from the wrap dress in that it doesn’t just give shape to the waist, it defines it. The material, whether it is cotton, silk or wool is usually shirred to cover any lumps or bumps, and it can lie high creating an empire waist or lower to cover the midsection.


current beauty

NAIL ART by Emma Childs

Nail Designs by Hannah Goyette


f you are looking for something to add excitement and a pop of multiple colors to your beauty routine, why not consider adorning your nails? Painted nails have been around forever but art on nails has become much more mainstream in the past few years.


Nail art can include all types of designs from simple pastel stripes, 3-dimensional embellishments, or the entire cast of characters of your favorite TV drama. If classic is what you are going for try the new twist on the French manicure: half-moon

nails. Feeling vampy? Try a dark two-toned ombrè of red and black. Gold decals, Star Wars themed nails, bow accents‌the world of design and creativity is literally at your fingertips. People are not joining in on the trend to blend in; they are joining to stand out and be noticed. It is a new form of self-expression and anyone can do it. Feeling uninspired? Do some research to find the latest trends and ideas; if you are unsure on how to do a design there are a huge selection of tutorials to choose from that will guide you. Everyone from your teenage neighbor to red carpet celebrities have intricate designs drawn on their nails that never fail to impress. It is a trend that anyone can partake in regardless of their age, background, or style. There is no specific group that can participate; it is more a matter of degree of how far you want to go with your pattern. Nails are the new affordable accessories that can convey a message with a few simple coats of polish.


fall boots


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1. Yava Bordeaux Booties, Frances Francis, Orleans & Wellfleet, $214 2. Mynd Dark Brown Boots, Frances Francis, Orleans & Wellfleet, $307 3. Pinpoint Copper Booties, If the Shoe Fits, Orleans, $175 4. Siena Black Boots, If the Shoe Fits, Orleans $185 5. Dav Black Quilted Boots, Shawl, Dennis Port, $86 6. Minnetonka 2-Layer Fringe Boot, Mocean, Mashpee, $89.95 7. Minnetonka Double Fringe Side Zip Boot, Mocean, Mashpee, $57 8. Reef Adora Boots, Mocean, Mashpee, $129.95 9. Stuart Weitzman City Slicker Bootie, The Shoe Salon, Osterville, Chatham & Mashpee, $490
















1. Orla Kiely Black Bag, Weekend, Orleans, $395 2. Beaded Wallet, Weekend, Orleans $78 3. Jenny Bird Bracelet, Weekend, Orleans, $85 4. Geo Bangle, Francis Frances, Orleans & Wellfleet, $29 5. Chain Necklace, Shawl, Dennis, $30 6. Horseshoe Necklace, Adrift, Orleans, $45 7. Stingray Earrings, Adrift, Orleans, $165 8. Sorial Rubina Tote, Ports & Co., Cotuit, $198 9. Turquoise Statement Necklace, Red Fish Blue Fish, $628 10. Melanie Rawding Earrings, Giving Tree Jewelry, Sandwich, $315 11. Beaded Jewelry Designed by Cynthia, Giving Tree Jewelry, $200 12. Silver Teardrop Earrings, Adrift, Orleans, $45 13. Oyster Necklace, Swirls Jewelry, $78



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New Classic

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1. Volcom For Keeps Cardigan, Mass Bay Co., Hyannis, $49.99 2. SAX Leopard Glasses Case, Shawl, Dennis, $7 3. Klub Nico Leopard Gabbi Sandals, If the Shoe Fits, Orleans, $175 4. Leopard Print Scarf, Green Eyed Daisy, Falmouth, $18 5. Zenzii necklace, Savvy on Main, Orleans, $42



wardrobe want

If you carry your weight in your bottom, look for a darker wash with a little flare (like a boot cut), and avoid high-waisted styles, small back pockets and super wide legs. If you have short legs, try to find straight leg styles or a trouser jean that will lengthen your legs. The jeans should hit at your natural waist, and not low or high. Wear heels to lengthen your legs even more. For you long legged beauties, make sure the inseam hits just at the top of the foot, so you don’t look like you’re going clam digging. And look for a mid-rise style that will show off your hips to give you some shape.

The Perfect Pair of Jeans


here is no other piece of clothing more central to a woman’s wardrobe than a good pair of jeans. But finding denim that fits and flatters is not always the easiest task.

For ladies with curves, look for some stretch and an A-line leg, but avoid baggy styles. Remember that it is best to fit the largest part of your body, and then have the rest taken in by a tailor.

Women who don’t have many curves? You can get away with skinny jeans or the baggier boyfriend fit. If you want to add shape, look for a The first step to choosing the best jeans for you is narrower fit on the thigh that flares out slightly at to know and be comfortable with your body type. the knee. For added curve to your bottom, look The only way you’ll make it through the shopping for jeans with larger back pockets. experience is if you accept your body as it is, and are aware of what will make you look great Two very important things to keep in mind no because of your shape, not in spite of it. matter your shape: jeans with more than 2%


stretch will get saggy after about an hour of wear, which means you should generally buy a size down. Those with 2% stretch or less - it is up to you to decide which size feels the most comfortable. Second, everyone needs to watch out for the muffin top, or the skin that spills over a too-tight waist. It is never flattering. On anyone. Last piece of advice: try on as many pairs as you can because sometimes the rules just don’t apply!




Student in Fashion Design at Nauset High School


Fashion Class is in Session

hile many school districts are cutting electives from their curriculum, two Cape high schools continue to offer programs in technology, various trades and the arts. Specifically, both Barnstable and Nauset High Schools offer Fashion Design to their ninth through twelfth graders as an art class.

Teacher Jane McGown introduced the Fashion Design program to Nauset in 2003, and says “in the past ten years, it has grown into a thriving, popular program.� The program at Barnstable has been in existence for a long time; however it grew when Abby Fay started her first teaching job there six


years ago. With similar class offerings both teachers cover what Fay describes as “fashion design as an art form and as an industry.” The subjects they teach range from basic fashion design concepts like sewing, construction, and draping to fashion illustration, and textiles. “There is a great deal of student expression through their designs in the fashion classes. Assignments are designed to promote

Fashion Illustrations in classroom at Barnstable High School


Fashion classroom at Barnstable High School

creativity and personal style,” McGown said. This year, Fay’s intention is to incorporate the history of fashion into Barnstable’s coursework, as “it is such a great resource for inspiration;” while McGown is working on developing a fashion journalism and merchandising class next year. The expanding program is due in part to the rising demand from teenagers developing an interest in the field much earlier than before. Barnstable graduate and former Project Runway contestant, Alison Kelly believes that “with the proliferation of fashion reality television shows and the DIY movement, many more people are aware of fashion and are inspired to learn more, and if that is something that can be offered in high school, it's a very positive thing.” Kelly graduated from BHS in 1999, before

Fabric for class at Barnstable High School

realizing that working in the fashion industry was her path. She was, however, sewing her own clothes and taking art classes offered at the high school. She spent some time once she left the Cape in Mexico and Italy where her interest in fashion design flourished, and ultimately graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design from Mass College of Art and Design.


Since college Kelly has had her own clothing line “in some form or another.” Her time on Season 3 of Project Runway has helped her to remain an independent fashion designer as opposed to working for a large design house or brand. In 2012 she rebranded her line, Dahl, “offering a fresh take on wedding attire for the offbeat bride and party dresses for the shameless romantic.” Both McGown and Fay have had students go on to study the fashion industry in college much like Kelly did. Fay says she always “looks forward to them coming back and sharing their work….a very proud ‘mom’ moment.” But regardless of whether they intend on pursuing a career in fashion, students at both schools have the opportunity to put their designs on the runway when they present a fashion show every spring. It is their time to show their personality and creativity as fashion designers, and be the center of the Cape Cod fashion scene.

Runway Show for Nauset High School



I FALL fashion

t is almost harvest time at Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod, which means grapes will soon be picked and new wines made. The winery proved to be a great venue for a fall photo shoot - the grounds were the perfect fall backdrop reflecting the crisp sunlight with the colors complementing the clothes flawlessly.


Bella Dahl Fitted Midnight Button Down Cape Chic, Falmouth, $158.00

Elroy Sennetti Sweater Shift Eco Boutique, Hyannis, $154.00

Minnetonka Poppy Red Nicki Sandal Mass Bay Co., Hyannis, $39.97

Blue Canoe Pinstripe Boatneck Top Shift Eco Boutique, Hyannis, $58.00

G-Lish Sequin Skirt Ports & Co., Cotuit, $98.00

Prarie Underground Denim Legging Shift Eco Boutique, Hyannis, $130.00


Ya Los Angeles Sweater Shine Boutique, Harwich, $48.00 David Kahn Mickayla Gold Denim Ports & Co., Cotuit, $152.00 Toms Desert Wedge Black Suede Mass Bay Co., Hyannis, $88.99


Current Elliot Coated Denim TK Perry, Osterville, $265.00 Alternative Black Nautical Anchor Top TK Perry, Osterville, $489.00 Calleen Cordero Paloma Heel TK Perry, Osterville, $465.00


Frye Veronica Back Zip Dark Brown Mass Bay Co., Hyannis, $339.99 Amour Verte Zoe Top Shift Eco. Boutique, Hyannis, $76.00 Wooden Ships Cowl Neck Ruana Sepia Sweater Liberty House, Falmouth, $80.00 Free People Stallion Pant Liberty House, Falmouth, $78.00


Amour Verte Zoe Top Shift Eco. Boutique, Hyannis, $76.00 Toms Desert Wedge Black Suede Mass Bay Co., Hyannis, $88.99 Gibson Current Elliot The Rolled Skinny TK Perry, Ostervile,$235.00 Mechant Navy Jacket Mulberry Corners, Osterville, $95.00


Signature 8 Light Denim Fit and Flare Dress Green Eyed Daisy, Falmouth, $78.00

Photographer Paul Blackmore

Avalin Raisin Sweater Savvy on Main, Orleans, $94.00

Model Constanza Leal

Dingo Lad Chocolate Harshness Mass Bay Co., Hyannis, $89.99

Hair Salon Justine Makeup Mozelle Andrulot




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5. 1. Billabong Voltage Shirt, Boarding House, Hyannis, $55 2. Autumn Cashmere Knit Hat, TK Perry, Osterville, $95 3. Autumn Cashmere Zip Hoodie, TK Perry, Osterville, $420 4. New England Shirt Co. Bold Gingham Check Shirt

TK Perry, Osterville, $215

5. Hudson Jeans, TK Perry, Osterville, $225 6. Stone Rose Shirt, Sass, Hyannis $129 7. Darn Tough Sock, Mocean, Mashpee, $19 8. Velvet Men Henley Baseball Jersey, TK Perry, Osterville, $95 9. Legacy Baseball Cap, Mocean, Mashpee, $20 10. Olukai Kamuela Shoe, Mocean, Mashpee, $150



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Tracey Reese Skirt Ports & Co., Cotuit $286

FSLNY Key Flat The Shoe Salon, Osterville, Chatham & Mashpee, $180 Kerisma Sweater Savvy on Main, Orleans, $78 Tokyo Bay Watch Mark August, Chatham, $115 Rina Young Necklace Mark August, Chatham, call for pricing Jane Diaz Earring Mark August, Chatham, call for pricing Paul Green Natick Bootie The Shoe Salon Osterville, Chatham & Mashpee, $380 Tribal Jeans Top Sundance Clothing, Chatham, $74 Shiraleah Nadine Clutch in Ivory Sass, Hyannis, $87 Stone that Flows Earrings The Little Beach Gallery, Hyannis, $50 Stuart Weitzman Black Suede Boot The Shoe Salon Osterville, Chatham & Mashpee, $598 2 Chic Cloth Bangle Bracelet Red Fish Blue Fish, $18 Joy Susan Scarf Sundance Clothing, Chatham, call for pricing ARTichoke Skull Tee Beach Tree Gallery, Hyannis, $24




fall belts



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1. Jenny Kraus Belt, Weekend, Orleans, $78 2. FXDressed Wrap Belt, Shine, Harwich, $42 3. Ansaldo Small Hook Leather Belt, Green Eyed Daisy, $75 4. Double Hook Belt, Cellar Leather, Hyannis, $85 5. Marjorie Baer Brushed Square Belt, Ports & Co., $48 6. White Leather Belt, Cellar Leather, Hyannis, $52






Frances Francis

CQ: What is your connection to the Cape Cod? FF: My family arrived in Plymouth in 1644. I am one of many 11th generation members of the Knowles family living on Cape Cod. In fact, on Sept 8th I hosted a family reunion (our first since 1948) of one hundred relatives from 19 states. It was so wonderful to reconnect with everyone. CQ: When did you start to become interested in fashion? FF: I was interested in fashion design and sewing as a young girl. If I wanted something new I was encouraged to make it myself, often ordering fabric from Sears Roebuck catalog. Designing and sewing runs in my family; my great aunts ran a prominent tailoring shop on Newbury Street in Boston in the early 1900's and traveled to Paris regularly to view the designs and fabrics. CQ: What is your educational/professional


background? How long have you been designing? FF: My children were in middle school and high school when I started taking classes at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. It took many years to complete; but when I finished I received a dual major in fashion and fiber design. Shortly thereafter I participated in showing and selling my hand woven designed clothes at the American Craft Shows. It was a labor of love and not supporting me without other employment.

country, once the orders were in I had the manufacturing done on the Cape as well as in New Bedford and Fall River. In 2003 I opened my first boutique in Wellfleet and followed it with a second store in Orleans in 2008, at this time I gave up the wholesale business. Both locations showcase my own clothing lines which are clean, classic, contemporary styling, paying close attention to the use of beautiful textiles. Over the years I have diversified and have many other designers represented in the stores from the USA as well as Europe. The clothing range is sophisticated elegant special occasion dressing to relaxed, comfortable, edgy and sometimes eclectic.

In 1992 I was accepted to Rhode Island School of Design graduate program in textiles, completing my MFA in 1994. Immediately after, I worked in the industry designing sweaters. But missed my family and CQ: Do you produce collections every year? Cape Cod and moved home. If so, How do you get inspired (shape, color, etc.) CQ: When did you open your boutique, and how would you describe it to a potential FF: The inspiration for my clothing designs is shopper? centered on the fabric (that goes back to the days of creating fabric). The texture, weave, FF: In 1996 I created the Frances Francis color and weight determine the style and fit of label of ready to wear clothing designing and the garment. My designs incorporate unity of making my samples in my basement studio. form, color and fabric that harmonizes with I created two lines a year and participated the body; the cut of these clothes provides a in wholesale trade shows around the


sizing that fits a variety of body types. CQ: How would you describe your personal style? FF: My personal style is summed up by what I make and what I buy. I like mixing things up, dressing for the day or night is and should be exciting. Borrow from the past and add something new with a new twist, a new angle and fresh color and you can go anywhere.


scarves for fall




1. Butapana Scarf, Weekend, Orleans, $125 2. Max and Kashmere Scarf

Frances Francis, Orleans & Wellfleet, $179

3. Octopus Scarf, Adrift, Orleans, $65 4. FXDressed Infinity Scarf, Shine, Harwich, $32 5. 2 Chic Scarf, Red Fish Blue Fish, Hyannis, $18.95 6. Look Shimmer Scarf, Shawl, Dennis Port, $19 7. 2 Chic Scarf, Mark August, Chatham, $34 8. Rising Tide Scarf, Soho Arts Co., Hyannis, $39.99









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The places to visit as you travel around the Cape.




back to school


here are many reasons why being a teenager is a trying time; an experience that not many people would relive. Going through the trials and tribulations

of high school in 2013 is possibly more challenging than ever before. There is so much pressure to fit in by wearing the right clothing and brands, but we found five teenage girls with a passion for fashion to visit local boutiques and choose outfits that represent their own sense of style.


Marla Grenier, 15 Sophomore, Pope John Paul II High School “I wear a uniform to school, but I like to snazz it up with my shoes and hair accessories� Alternative Apparel Tank Top Mass Bay Co., Hyannis, $18.99 Toms Desert Wedge Mass Bay Co., Hyannis, $83.99 Wooden Ships Cardigan Mass Bay Co., Hyannis, $89.99 Billabong Black Jeggings Mass Bay Co., Hyannis, $59.50


Laura Murphy, 16 Junior, Sandwich High School “Fashion is a way to express myself freely; show my fun, artistic side”

Free People Striped Top Mass Bay, Hyannis, $49.99 Wooden Ships Infinity Scarf Mass Bay Co., Hyannis, $27.99 Yala Legging Mass Bay Co., Hyannis, $47.99 Phillip Harness Tall Boot in Cognac Mass Bay Co., Hyannis, $323.99


Kathryn Lawler, 16 Junior, Barnstable High School “I like to incorporate pops of color into my ‘Boho Chic’ outfits. Fall is my favorite season, because I love boots.”

Blue Canoe Shirred Sleeve Tunic Shift Eco Boutique, Hyannis, $64 Prairie Underground Nouveau Legging Shift Eco Boutique, Hyannis, $130 Yala Modal Scarf Shift Eco Boutique, Hyannis, $42 trust Arrowhead Necklace Shift Eco Boutique, Hyannis, $34 trust Arrow Necklace Shift Eco Boutique, Hyannis, $34 We Dream in Color Arrow Earrings Shift Eco Boutique, Hyannis, $26


Hannah Goyette, 14 8th Grade, Barnstable High School “I would say my style is ‘scene’; a blend of punk and skater.”

36oCashmere If the Shoe Fits, Orleans, $264 Articles of Society Moto Jeans If the Shoe Fits, Orleans, $90 Fly London Stif Boots Frances Francis, Orleans & Wellfleet, $312


Emma Childs, 15 Sophomore, Barnstable High School “I wear whatever makes me happy, whether it is a modern trend or a vintage silhouette.” Recover Cap Sleeve Top If the Shoe Fits, Orleans, $35 Ya LA Skirt Shine, Harwich Port, $38 Miilla Zip Jacket If the Shoe Fits, Orleans, $85 Corsco Como Studded Western Bootie If the Shoe Fits, Orleans, $160

Photographer Lisa Gillete Hair Sara Aspden, Salon in the Mills Makeup Arianne Kelley





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The Current Quarterly: Fall 2013  

The Fall Issue of Cape Cod's only fashion magazine features a local denim guide and looks found locally for teens.

The Current Quarterly: Fall 2013  

The Fall Issue of Cape Cod's only fashion magazine features a local denim guide and looks found locally for teens.