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Jessica on Houston, American Apparel, and renovating Audrey Hepburn’s style

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Jessica for Tools of Attraction

Where are you from?
I was born in South Africa, but I grew up in Houston, Texas and now I live in New York.

Is there a big difference, style-wise?
People are much bolder in New York. Texas is very conservative. You know, wearing a t-shirt that shows your shoulders — in Texas — is looked at as a little scandalous. But here in New York, you can wear whatever. In Houston, you find the whole schoolboy, schoolgirl thing, American Eagle everything and lots of Abercrombie. Just a very clean-cut scene. I like it here much better. People are just more open in New York.

Are there any trends you see around that you can’t stand?
Nothing that really makes me mad or anything, but I’m not too fond of leopard print. Though, I’m even growing accustomed to that.

Any thoughts on American Apparel?
[Laughs] I’ve never gone into those shops.

What are some trends you’re really into these days?
I really like high-waisted outfits. I don’t know quite how to explain it, but I really like a classic look — like a style has been brought back and renovated. As far as guys go, I like a casual look. When a guy tries too hard, it just gets odd.

What were you thinking when you got dressed this morning?
I wanted to wear something chic, but still casual. I got this necklace from my father. It’s an antique compass and I just keep it on a shoelace. I got these shoes online. The skirt is from Express. The top came from Route 21 and I think this belt came from BeBe.

If you were looking for a one-night stand, what would you wear?
I don’t really go out all that often, but I’d probably go for a chic, plain, classic-cut dress. I’d probably wear my hair up, maybe with a little part — nothing too drastic.

Who is your style icon?
Like I said, I really like the classic stuff: Marilyn Monroe, James Dean. I really love Audrey Hepburn. For me, her look, slightly updated, is just perfect.