Style Counsel: Abigail Carlin

As creative director of the ’tween title Kiki Magazine, Abigail Carlin styles everything from teen models to typefaces. For her own look, the Covington resident favors classic silhouettes with a dash of mod British propriety—think Barbour wellies, Austin Reed blazers, and the perfect Brit-centric souvenirs.

Photography by Jonathan Willis

I was born in England, but grew up in West Chester. I am a big Anglophile. I was in London and Oxford this summer. In London, I loved exploring the five-story Liberty of London store. In Oxford, I found a great shoe store, Ducker & Son, and I bought two pairs of suede penny loafers.

I’m not a heel person. I love ballet flats and loafers. I have a pair of Bloch ballet flats that I’ve completely worn out. On my way home, at the duty free, I stocked up on Cadbury Flake chocolate bars and bought two bottles of Pimm’s.

I have two Barbour jackets. I recently bought a great broken-in
one on eBay. I bought my first one in England and when I got back it was still too hot to wear it out, so I would wear it around my apartment, waiting! I love my Jammie Dodger cuff links.

I bought a white Marni button-down with these big folds over the shoulder. I love white button-downs—I probably have seven or eight. I’m also obsessed with stripes. I love the Saint James striped shirts at J.Crew.

I love producing our fashion shoots, but I get most of my inspiration from blogs and magazines. I’m really into ’90s minimalism. I just bought a bunch of American Vogues from the ’90s on eBay. I also love the fashion in The Thomas Crown Affair with Rene Russo and A Perfect Murder, in which Gwyneth Paltrow wears the perfect oversized shearling coat.

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