Go Bold or Go Home

By Buffalo Exchange Portland (downtown)

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Throw out those jeans and cardigans and try on something new for size. Whether it’s monochrome or mixing prints like it’s nobody’s business, this is your season to drop the blah and drop some jaws!

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Style File: Dallas

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Summer lasts longer in Texas! We will be enjoying warmer temperatures through October, which means fall for us is layering dresses, lightweight materials and sweaters with shorts and boots.

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The Ultimate Costume Duo

By Stephanie Lew, Buffalo Exchange Tucson

Buffalo ExchangeHidden in the semi-small city of Tucson are Molly and Carl Johnson. Your average happily married couple brings awe-inspiring couples costumes once a year (and sometimes more) to the streets of the desert. Mostly homemade or random pieces put together, this couple says no to the prepackaged costume and yes to the creative craft of DIY. We asked them for an inside look at the ultimate costume duo.

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Five Reasons Why Halloween Masks Are a Bad Idea

By Virginia McInnis, Buffalo Exchange Tucson

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Halloween gives us the chance to be anyone or anything for a night! Share your creativity with friends and party-goers rather than dying all-night in a mask. Need more convincing why masks are a bad idea for Halloween, let us share with you:

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Style File: NYFW

By Sue Tran, Buffalo Exchange Boston (Allston)

Photographer: Sue Tran

Models: Izzy Coleman and Emily Sawich

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At the Allston location we created five looks that highlight how current NYFW trends will translate into spring 2014.

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Dead Ringers: DIY Halloween Ideas

By Buffalo Exchange Charlotte

Photos by Graham Morrison

Models: Chelsea O’Connor, Graham Morrison, Mandy Kendall and Tania Kelly

The folks at Buffalo Exchange Charlotte are “dead” ringers this Halloween as members of The 27 Club. Channeling their favorite fallen stars, they have recreated the iconic styles of Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. These are easy and affordable costume ideas that will allow you to be a rock star for the night and celebrate the Halloween spirit.

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B & W

By Buffalo Exchange San Francisco (Mission)

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This fall, black and white stripes of all kinds have been spotted on our streets. Whether you’re a hipster gal or a fun, flirty, contemporary lady; stripes will most likely be in your closet this fall.

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Wild West

By Buffalo Exchange Houston (Montrose)

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The West lives on in Houston. Even as we say goodbye to summer and gear up for back-to-school fashion; pearl snaps, trucker jackets, and bandanas continue to make their way across our counter and fly off the racks! Although cowboy-inspired outfits can get a little hot with the heat, dressing it down with a patterned top and distressed denim never seems to fail. Throw a snapback on, slip into a pair of Vans and you’re ready to step out the door. Our girls pair leather with just about anything from jeans to leggings and moto jackets. Don’t forget to accessorize with tribal cuffs, statement rings and harness booties.


A Quick Story About a DIY and the Swan Dress

By Stephanie Lew, Buffalo Exchange Tucson

The costume of my dreams cost me:

  • 60 yards of tulle
  • A few scraps of felt
  • And hours and hours of unorganized labor.
  • Was it worth it? YES.

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Two years ago I set out to avoid the “OMG, she’s wearing the same thing as me!” Halloween disaster. So I spent days pondering over my options and there was only one clear choice. “You’re going to have to make it and it’s going to have to be AMAZING.” What to sew? The one and only Swan dress that Bjork strutted at the 73rd Academy Awards in 2001.

I’ll keep this simple, I have very little sewing skills. The extent of those skills were pushing a pedal and pulling the fabric. I started off by purchasing 5 yards of white tulle and a plain petticoat as the base. The petti had two ruffles along the bottom but otherwise it was a blank canvas. I sat down and started sewing the strip of tulle to the petticoat, shoving it in the machine so it bunched here and there. Soon enough all the fabric was gone and guess how far I had sewn? Yep, not even a full circle around the bottom.

This went on for about three weeks focusing a few hours here and there on it and many trips to the fabric store. Sixty yards later, I had the fluffiest crinoline I had ever seen. Its resemblance to the true Bjork dress was stunning; although I’m sure hers was much softer and more flexible. Next I had to get creative on how to make a swan’s neck and beak. I used a strip from a white sweatshirt, stuffed it and kneaded it around my neck. Lastly, I cut out a few geometric shapes to make the black eyes and beak.

It was at the moment of pulling it up and glancing in the mirror that the endorphins flowed freely. A rush of accomplishment took over and the proud new mother of a swan dress was born.  What’s the conclusion here? You don’t have to be a master of the craft to create your dream costume. You can take what little knowledge you might have and push the boundaries.

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This dress lasted me a good two Halloween seasons and this year I will be creating something new (to me). I hope you join me in your Halloween endeavors! Check back for my Halloween 2013 DIY costume.

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Stephanie is a connoisseur of shoes and small brass figurines. Born and raised in Tucson, AZ, she is the Art Director for Buffalo Exchange. Her favorite words include “Yikes” “Banana” and “Paradox.” You can see adorable photos of her dog here @StephLewPhotog