Style Voices: Rachel Aschenbrand-Robinson
Since the invention of jeans in 1873 by Levi Strauss, denim has evolved and become an indispensable part of a modern woman's wardrobe. Everything from jeans, to jackets, to shirts, to skirts, the list goes on. The truth is, we all wear denim, right? Right. Rachel Aschenbrand-Robinson on the other hand, doesn't just wear denim, she lives it. The former fashion editor of People StyleWatch magazine spent the better part of a decade mastering all things jeans at the publication, and is now spreading her jeanius (see what we did there?) all over the interwebs, freelancing for some of our favorite sites. Her expertise (and affinity for sparkly jewels) really comes through in her Americana-meets-nautical-meets-cool-girl style—if J.Crew and Jackie O. and Liz Taylor had a baby, that baby would be Rachel. Her ability to mix and match pieces to create new and exciting outfits is bar none, so pull up a chair, dear reader, and pay attention. Next week's outfit planner is right here!
Name? Age? Rachel Aschenbrand-Robinson, 36 years old.
Married? Pets? My husband Barry and I have a rescued pekingese named Cooper. He's about 13 years old, and when I spotted him on Pet Finder my mom and I drove to South Jersey to pick him up from a local shelter down there. We don't know what his life was like before so we always joke that he lost all his money at the craps tables and was wandering around Atlantic City looking for a lucky break.
Where do you live and where did you grow up? Did either of those places affect your style? I live in Westchester, New York and I grew up on Long Island. I wear a lot of black, no doubt a result of being a lifelong New Yorker.
Where do you work and what do you do? I'm currently a freelance fashion editor and content creator—you might have seen some of my work on PureWow, Brit+Co, and the shopping app Spring. Prior to that I was the Fashion Editor at People StyleWatch magazine.
How does your work affect your style? I am usually either working on fashion stories from home or I'm running around on showroom appointments, so I like to be stylish but comfortable. When I was an assistant I used to run all over NYC in heels, but now I just feel like that slows me down too much.
Do you have a "uniform" you rely on? For me it's always denim. Lately, my uniform is an army jacket, a striped top, and a pair of jeans.
What is your best getting-dressed secret right now? Big earrings take any outfit to the next level. I literally will wear a basic top and jeans, top it off with a dangly earring and I'm good to go—plus, the longer they are, the more elongated your neck looks. I have a pair from the Marni for H&M collection that I wear a TON. They were the best designer collab purchase I've ever made.
Is there something you wear that gets you compliments no matter how many times you wear it? I have an army jacket by Harvey Faircloth that has faux fur on the bottom half (I never wear real fur!). It's so unique I get stopped on the street every time I wear it.
Where do you get style inspiration? My style role model is Kate Bosworth—she's so chic without ever looking like she's trying to. That's always my goal because I just hate looking overdone. I even kept images of her wedding close by when I was planning my own! Besides Kate I tend to get the most style inspiration from fellow editors and friends in the industry. Stylish people are all around you when you work in fashion.
Do you have any tips for the "I-have-nothing-to-wear" mornings? On days like that I always default to all black everything, then add really good jewelry and shoes. It's the quickest way to look chic and put-together without really having to think about it.
If you had a giftcard, what 3 items would you buy at GAP right now? I can never have too many novely army jackets so this embroidered one is first on the list. These mid rise vintage straight jeans are bomb, I actually have them in blue. And this shirt is the perfect alternative to a basic button down.