Who: Ann Russell, 17
Junior at Bethesda’s Walt Whitman High School
What she’s wearing: Her mother’s wool sweater and bag, an Urban Outfitters scarf, a coat from Anthropologie, and Guess boots.
How did you come up with such an intricate look?
“This sounds cliché, but I generally just wake up and pull things from my closet. I like the layered look, and I also like mixing feminine clothes and more boyish pieces, so sometimes I throw things on that don’t necessarily go together.”
Prom is almost here, isn’t it? Do you have a dress yet?
“I want to wear a shorter dress, probably an awesome sparkly vintage cocktail dress of my mom’s.”
Does fashion factor into your life on any other level?
“Yeah—I’m working on costumes for the school play, The Diary of Anne Frank. We design them and then send them elsewhere to get made.”
I was shocked to find a 17-year-old with such a thoughtful approach to repurposing secondhand clothing. I love the textural differences between her coat and her cardigan as well as the whimsical nature of the whole outfit. Her bag also matches her hair, which is a nice touch.