Off the shelf: Bookstore fashion

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12 July 2022

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We took our fashion inspo this month from Funny Face and went for Audrey Hepburn’s nerdy girl look (shot at Lamplight Books, Auckland).

Tucked-in shirts and loafers. Romance in the stacks. It’s true that I found love in a bookstore once. Sorry for the meet-cute, but it can happen. He was tall and handsome with glasses, and smiled when he talked. More importantly, he was a writer. If it was a different era, he would have had ink-stained fingertips. As it was, he had beautiful hands and could play tennis well. He wore baggy ivory trousers and used the word “neat” in the same way people say cool. He loved Elvis and Duke Ellington and Dusty Springfield. He had a thing for Russell Hoban and Alice Munro. He knew all the New Zealand writers. We didn’t really have a “first date”, we just let the shelves collapse until we were on the same page. It was inevitable, really. There was a bunker below the shop and a mezzanine floor. Both offered places to get to know each other better. In the beginning, every book made me blush and every line was a poem. Lastly, we knew the end of a story is really everything. Reader, I married him.





a dark haired model lying down with a book
Maggie Marilyn long-sleeved T-shirt, $125; Kate Sylvester Elissa trouser, $439; Hereu Alber loafers, $749 from FABRIC.
a model wearing a brown jacket holding books behind her back
Vintage Zambezi, stylist’s own; Kowtow culottes, $249; Issey Miyake United Nude Edition boots, $650 from Lineage.
a model wearing a plaid shirt and skirt in a bookstore window
Loclaire Dunes long- sleeve shirt in biscuit, $269 from Lineage; Play shirt in black grid, $289 from Kowtow; Lucia skirt in black grid, $329 from Kowtow; Issey Miyake United Nude Edition boots, $650 from Lineage.
a model in a black dress and glasses standing in a bookstore
Garrett Leight Moscot Vantz glasses, $545; Loclaire Eclipse dress $549 from Lineage.
a model wearing a pink knitted vest and white shirt sitting in a bookstore
Heaven sweater tank, $109.90 from Levi’s; Ella shirt, $229 from Kowtow; Triangle skirt in earth denim, $329 from Kowtow.
a woman wearing a patterned blazer sitting with stacks of books
Anine Bing Kaia blazer in houndstooth, $659 from FABRIC; Standard Issue merino tulle skivvy in sage, $229; Toteme deep-pleat trousers in mink, $549 from FABRIC.
a woman leaning against glass wearing a grey suit
Gingham blazer by Kate Sylvester, $399; Toteme shirt in Bloody Mary, $469 from FABRIC; Toteme deep- pleat trousers in mink, $549 from FABRIC; Hereu Alber loafers, $749 from FABRIC.
a woman in a cardigan leaning on a bookshelf ladder
Cos slim-fit merino wool turtleneck top, $110; Loobie’s Story Chelsea cardi in oatmeal, $279 from Smith & Caughey’s.
Maggie Marilyn long-sleeved T-shirt $125; Kate Sylvester Elissa trouser in tan, $439; Hereu Alber loafer in black, $749 from FABRIC.

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