With the exception of Joe Manganiello, there is nothing we like more than a fashion risk-taker. In this week’s installment of our weekly Instagram column on fashionable locals, we’ve snagged 23-year-old Fenway resident, Boston University student, blogger, and sartorial adventurer Annie Goldman (www.instagram.com/thefashionsauce). She ignores odd looks from strangers and forges ahead with her cinema-inspired, 1990s-loving ensembles. What will she be wearing this summer? “I’m getting lots of ideas from what Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson wore in ‘White Men Can’t Jump.’ ” And with that, it’s time to get to the questions.
Q. You are incredibly fortunate to have a mother who gave you fashion training. My mother’s advice to me was “Take off those parachute pants, you look like a fool.” What was the most valuable piece of advice she gave you?
A. My mother really is my ultimate style icon. She instilled in me the idea that fashion should be about self-expression, not status. Other than that, I think the most valuable fashion lessons she’s taught me are the importance of proper fit, and to avoid over-accessorizing.
Q. Film can be very educational when it comes to fashion. What has been the most influential movie for you?
A. Narrowing myself down to favorites makes me uncomfortable. The movie that influences my style depends on the story I want to experience that day. Last week, I was taking Netflix screen shots of the wardrobe in “Uptown Girls,” which I think represents eternal youth. This week I’m into Sarah Michelle Gellar’s posh, monochromatic look in “Cruel Intentions,” which is more indicative of someone who’s trying to seem older. Every time I watch “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” I threaten to dye my hair blue. One time I actually followed through. “Heathers,” “Casino,” and “Rosemary’s Baby” are big ones too. Movies provide a lens into fashion history, and they attach style to characters with relatable stories and emotions.
Q. What is it about the fashion of the 1990s that appeals to you?
A. To me, pretty much every major style that emerged in the 1990s — minimalism, grunge, crop tops, and blue nail polish — exude both effortlessness and confidence. I think those are the best qualities an outfit can have.
Q. I’ve found that people equate fashion with frivolity and limited intellect. Have you ever encountered discrimination as a result of your interest in style?
A. Constantly. My harshest encounter was in the sixth grade. I was struggling in my physics class. I don’t think that’s so shocking or shameful for an 11-year-old. I made lots of effort to improve, but the teacher couldn’t see past my interest in fashion. My mother, tutor, and I suggested many ways the teacher could help me, but she blew us off, telling my mom that she wouldn’t change her teaching methods to accommodate “the slowest kid in class.” Then, when I bombed the next test, she pulled me out of the classroom to tell me I had failed because I was “just like Cher in ‘Clueless,’ ” and that I viewed school as “nothing more than a fashion show.” She didn’t give me the opportunity to defend myself. It was a major blow to my academic confidence, especially since, unlike Cher, I had actually attempted to raise my grade through honest means.
Interview was condensed and edited. Want to be featured as our next Instagram style star? Hashtag your photos #BostonSnap. Christopher Muther can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @Chris_Muther.