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allyson sitting in chair wearing t-shirt with 'stereolab' text.

c-note style with allyson

allyson sitting chair wearing floral jumper and t-shirt with 'stereolab' text.


in this shopping budget challenge musician allyson finds the perfect balance and fashions a look for $79.80


describe your style:

ethereal glam chaotic sugarplum dark fairy pop star. it's all about having a perfect balance. when i get ready, i just put things on until it's equal parts perfect and awful.


allyson in front of brooklyn stoop wearing floral jumper, corset, and t-shirt with 'stereolab' text.


what was the inspiration behind this look? 


the pinafore first caught my eye, i'm a sucker for ruffles and cutesy pieces. and then i saw the shoes which reminded me of those ann demeulemeester lace-up boots with a john fluevog heel. the look is giving me belle and sebastian music video vibes.


allyson holding on to stoop railing in t-shirt with 'stereolab' text.


what meaning do clothes have for you?

i like to wear clothes that make me feel powerful. i wrote a song that's on our new album called x-ray vision where i refer to clothing as armor. i like to wear pieces that give me power and make me feel confident.



allyson sitting on stairs featuring extended leg wearing t-shirt with 'stereolab' text.


how did you first get interested in clothes? 

i would go thrifting with my mom regularly when i was younger so it was fun for me to hunt for things that looked like what i would see in magazines i was reading at the time like nylon and teen vogue.


allyson in front of stoop in t-shirt with 'stereolab' text.


what's your strategy when shopping at beacons? 

i always look at shoes first, because it's the easiest way to elevate a look. i specifically look for comfy ones with some height which are hard to find. then i look at dresses, tops, and bottoms in that order. overall, i like to buy things i know i could sell back at beacons. i try to avoid overly trendy pieces and fast fashion brands and instead go for vintage or designer.


spring step l'artiste shoes $34.95 / vintage frank olive new york hat $15.95 / vintage or handmade pinafore $15.95 / sunglasses $12.95 
total spent: $79.80

debut album, "no fun," dropping on may 20th with dino records featuring 2 singles, "yesterday's toy" and "good on you" streaming now

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