Stylish Bostonians: Maria Daniela and Vanessa
Vanessa Rodgers and Maria Daniela Riffo
Co-founders of recently-opened online vintage shop END.
Vanessa: “My friends are probably my greatest inspiration. As well as the people I meet, even strangers. I take inspiration from interactions on a day-to-day basis. In terms of my style choices, I pick out a little bit of something from each decade and put it together in an eclectic way.”
Maria Daniela: “Music, art and friends. From my early teens onward it was mostly punk and glam rock. Now I take more from folk, country and some disco."
Vanessa: Artifaktori, Oona’s, Urban Outfitters, H&M, Salvation Army, Goodwill
Maria Daniela: Bobby from Boston, Goodwill, Salvation Army, Artifaktori
Their favorite accessories
Vanessa: Rings from the Brimfield Antique Show, replica snuff box necklace, shawls
Maria Daniela: Bracelets from Africa, Ecuador, Chile and thrift stores
Their favorite designers
Vanessa: Stella McCartney, Chanel, Chloé. “I’m drawn to eclectic palettes. The right combination of varying fabrics and textures puts the finishing touches on an outfit.”
Maria Daniela: "For me, it's more about single strong pieces that can be integrated to make a whole outfit. I am inspired by many designers, but don't follow collections, or trends."
How they describe Boston style
Vanessa: “I think it’s comfort-based a lot of the time. There are conservative tendencies. There are also plenty of people that do their own thing and can put a great outfit together and take risks. There is style in Boston; sometimes you just have to look a little harder to find it.”
Maria Daniela: “Eclectic and practical. Boston is mostly a mix between students and families which makes comfort very important.”
How their style has evolved through the years
Vanessa: “When I was younger, I dressed in a more conservative fashion. The more experience I’ve had with the arts and music, the more I felt inspired to get creative with the types of clothes I wear. My style really changes by the day – it can be by a mood, or something I’m exposed to. I try not to take myself too seriously. I like to dress in a feminine way that is not completely obvious; it leaves a little to the imagination.”
Maria Daniela: "I went from artsy, bold and unrefined to putting more thought into what I wear. Now everything I wear is about colors and balance. It’s still a creative look, but more subtle and feminine.”
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