An aspiring entertainer needs to be noticed, so it’s no wonder that this week’s local Instagram fashion star is a budding actress who loves playing dress-up by layering like nobody’s business and showing her range in ensembles that are suitable for a late-morning breakfast at Tiffany or an evening stomping along city sidewalks in combat boots.
Thamara Jean-Simon, a 25-year-old from Cambridge (handle here) says she finds her inspiration in travel and also the everyday sport of people watching. Time to shine a spotlight on Jean-Simon’s wide-ranging style and find out more about the woman behind all those scarves and wrist adornments.
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Q. Your style is inspired by travel, so tell me your favorite place for finding fashion?
A. My most memorable travel is always to New York. Every time I go I love it more. I truly feel that New Yorkers are some of the best-dressed people. There are so many different types of people with such inspiring looks. I love the street style. They are not afraid to try new styles and let their outfits do the talking.
Q. You clearly enjoy layering in multiples. What's the appeal of the all the watches, bracelets, and fur? More is more for you?
A. Layering is a great way to jazz up an outfit and stay warm. It’s like a beautiful ocean wave or a painting. You get to play with different textures and colors. As for accessories and fur jackets, you could say I’m obsessed. My love of fur started at a young age. I remember watching “Coming to America,” and seeing all that fur and jewelry. Fur to me is luxury. It’s almost royal. I only wear faux fur. I love the look of stacked bracelets watches and jewelry. You can put on plain jean and T-shirt but when you add your arm swag a fedora, and maybe a scarf. It takes your outfit to the next level. I just have fun with it.
Q. You mentioned that you adore Audrey Hepburn. Pop quiz: Name three actresses you love and what you love about their style.
A. First Eva Mendes. She is classy and girly. When she hits a red carpet you know you’re getting effortless chic, class, and just enough sexiness. She really gives that old Hollywood glamour. Blake Lively is another one of my favorites. Her style is fun and modern. She knows what looks good on her and I don't think she is afraid of trying something new. He’s a male actor, but also Johnny Depp. His style is so grungy and laid back. I love how he just doesn't care. He always gets his accessories right. He is not trying to emulate anyone else.
Q. If your clothes reflect your mood, what's your bad day outfit, and what's your good day outfit?
A. My good day outfit would be nude leggings with a skater skirt, a silk or sheer colorful blouse, and nude pumps. I love to feel very girly. A laid back day or bad day would be an oversized T-shirt and a pair of Jordans.
Q. Fill in the blanks: In a perfect world, you would be appearing in __________ and you'd be wearing ___________.
A. I would be appearing in “Sex and the City,” wearing a beautiful Valentino gown and Manolo Blahnik shoes.