One of my Instagram style icons is Haley Boyd, founder of the shoe brand Marais. Her photos of Los Angeles life bring sunshine to wintery days, and her retro aesthetic is gorgeous, right down to a blonde bob. “I experimented with my wavy hair during my twenties,” she told me. “I cut it short, I grew it long, I colored it, I wore it big. When I figured out this look, I felt like I’d gotten over a hurdle. My hair makes a statement, so now my clothes can be simpler.” Here, Haley shares five outfits she wore in a week…
“It must be subconscious, but so many people have told me my style is like The Talented Mr. Ripley. I would love that! Gwyneth Paltrow in that movie is so feminine and classic. I’ve had this straw bag for so many years. It’s ridiculous how many straw totes I have. I live in a 1920s bungalow with walls of built-in shelving, and it looks like a straw tote boutique. They add great texture to an outfit. I find them at the flea market and on eBay and etsy.”
“I love putting things over my shoulders — in L.A., you’re always in-between needing that layer and not needing it. And I think it looks chic to not have your arms in things! These sunglasses are my absolute favorite. A cat eye is the only shape that works on my face. It’s weird, I have a big head but a small face. All the hats I try on are too small, and all the sunglasses are too big.”
“When I moved to New York when I was 20, I hadn’t yet figured out my sense of style. Then I discovered flea markets. I wasn’t good at scouting, but I’d go religiously every morning; practice makes perfect. I definitely had a Sandra Dee thing going on for a while. You can go too far in one direction. I don’t want to look costume-y and 50s; I want to look 2017 with that outside influence. My go-to flea market here is Santa Monica Airport Antique Market. Sometimes I listen to see if the flea market is calling me. This sounds so crazy, but I wasn’t planning on going yesterday until I got a weird feeling that I should just go, and I hit the jackpot.”
“For me, I’m more comfortable walking in a block heel than flats. It seems more ergonomic to have that little lift. Plus, even if I have on jeans and a white T-shirt, as soon as I put on block heels I feel dressed. This Cult Gaia bag is modeled after a Japanese picnic basket. The blazer is A.P.C.; I think a blazer is something that’s worth investing in. You can just tell (whereas ribbed knits you can’t tell!). I like that this one is a little boxy and oversized, so when you wear it on your shoulders, it looks voluminous.”
“I like long skirts — this is the most leg I’ll ever show unless I’m at the beach. I’m a demure dresser in general; and since I wear tailored clothing, things are tight, so you have to pick one or the other. This shade of pink is one of my favorite colors. Back in New York, I wore black, but it doesn’t feel right wearing black wool in L.A. Now most of my clothes are white, blue and pink.”
Thank you so much, Haley!
(Photos by Nicki Sebastian for Cup of Jo.)