Meet our Columbus fashion guest blogger Molly Martin, Abercrombie & Fitch stylist and blogger on Lovely + Rust
Hello, Capital Style readers!
My love of fashion started at a very young age. Every year I looked forward to back-to-school shopping with my mom. I’d come home, try it all on, and have a “fashion show” of sorts for my sister and Dad. I also grew up going to flea markets and antique stores, hence my love and appreciation for vintage. I was always borrowing my Mom’s clothes and turquoise jewelry from the 70s. If my style leans towards bohemian (it definitely does), this is why.
After high school, I went to Ohio University and created my own major combining different arts, then moved to Chicago -- where I spent five years. Somewhere along the line I started assisting my friends in choosing outfits and shopping. I loved it, and I realized I liked helping other people shop better than shopping for myself. When I moved back to Ohio, I knew I wanted to take the opportunity for a career change -– to fashion. For five and a half years I was the manager of Leal Boutique in Upper Arlington. I left last spring and pursued styling; I had the wonderful opportunity to freelance for a number of corporate retail brands, and I am now a full-time stylist at the Abercrombie & Fitch home office.
Along the way, I started a blog -- Lovely + Rust -- as a creative outlet and a place to share my fashion voice. I have found the blogging community to be welcoming and full of inspirational women… much like the fashion community in Columbus!
Gig: Full-time stylist for Abercrombie& Fitch, part-time blogger at Lovely + Rust
Personal style: Comfortable, classic yet bohemian
Style icon: Currently... Kate Bosworth, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Emmanuelle Alt
Favorite designers: Isabel Marant, and then there are a bunch tied for a distant second
Favorite three pieces in your closet right now: Sam Edelman Petty boots, Zara oversized checked shirt, vintage blouses
Go-to outfit: This time of year -- skinny jeans, ankle boots, oversized tee with an army jacket (or oversized silk blouse). In the summer -- a maxi skirt or maxi dress. And always a long necklace and lots of bracelets.
All-time favorite fashion splurge: What I'm about to buy -- I need a new bag!
All-time favorite fashion bargain: A vintage sterling-and-turquoise watchband with a gold Bulova face (from Grandview Mercantile for $30). It's one of those things I always receive compliments on, and I love that it's one of a kind.
True style is... being true to yourself, and wearing what you love with confidence; knowing what works for you, and not just following trends.