An aspiring entertainer needs to stand out, and this week’s local Instagram fashionista is a budding actress who puts herself in the spotlight with her wardrobe. Thamara Jean-Simon (find her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/thamara_js) can layer like nobody’s business and shows her range in ensembles that are suitable for a late-morning breakfast at Tiffany or an evening out in combat boots. The 25-year-old Cambridge resident says she finds her inspiration in travel and the everyday sport of people watching.
Q. Your style is inspired by travel, so tell me your favorite place for finding fashion?
A. It’s always 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 looks and let their outfits do the talking.
Q. You clearly enjoy layering in multiples. What’s the appeal of 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 jeans and T-shirt but when you add your arm swag, a fedora, and maybe a scarf it takes your outfit to the next level.
Q. You mentioned that you adore Audrey Hepburn. Pop quiz: Name three actresses you love and what attracts you to 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 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 oversize T-shirt and a pair of Jordans.
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