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    Style Watch

    3 ways to get a leg up on fall hemlines

    Skirts needn’t end in one straight line these days, as these stylish folks demonstrate.

    Sharon Weissburg, Sabrina Movitz, and Massiel Deandrade.
    Photographs taken by Tina Sutton
    Sharon Weissburg, Sabrina Movitz, and Massiel Deandrade.


    19 / Boston

    > There’s no missing Weissburg in a crowd. The English/journalism major at Boston University has an eclectic mix-it-up fashion flair, starting with her kicky khaki-sleeved vegan leather jacket (from

    > Weissburg was over the moon when she scored a deal on this animal-print dress from the Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony line. She makes it her own, layered over a tailored blue shirt (from the Elie Tahari outlet in Wrentham). The uneven full-skirted hem shows varying amounts of leg as Weissburg bops down the street in hip black Seychelles ankle boots.


    > Adding pop to all the neutral tones are her bright red embroidered shoulder bag from India and MAC’s “pinup girl” red Ruby Woo lipstick, a fave of Gwen Stefani.

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    Favorite StoresUrban Renewals thrift store, Zara, Anthropologie


    15 / Exeter, New Hampshire

    > Yep, Movitz is only 15, but she already has an impressively sophisticated fashion sense. She and her mother like buying one-of-a-kind wearable art pieces, like this hand-painted full-length sheer dress, a popular designer trend on recent runways.

    > A student at Phillips Exeter Academy, Movitz manages to alternately reveal and conceal her legs by layering the transparent slit dress over a minimalist black tank and miniskirt (both from Ann Taylor). The look is youthful, yet chic.


    > Rather than going with classic or dainty shoes, Movitz makes the look her own with edgy wide ankle-strap sandals she picked up on Rodeo Drive. (Thanks, Mom!)

    Favorite StoresAnn Taylor, Free People, Reminisce vintage boutique in Exeter, New Hampshire


    25 / Dorchester

    > Though Deandrade looks like a model, she works with facts and figures. She’s a tax collector for the Boston Treasury Department. Her job may be buttoned-down, but her personal style is imaginative, as in this elegant wrapped tunic (from a thrift store), worn backward so the V-neck is in the front and the bow in back.

    > The uneven cropped hemline shows off Deandrade’s legs. It was originally a Phillip Lim little black dress, which she decided to cut up and make into a separate skirt and top.


    > “Shoes are my big thing,” says Deandrade, who was 5 feet 7 inches before adding these edgy 5-inch platform wedges from Finsk (bought online).

    Favorite StoresRescue, Buffalo Exchange, Found