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The Style Evolution Of A Fashion Blogger

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    There's a reason why we've had Brooklyn-based Apneet Kaur on our radar from the beginning. This bright, young thing, a senior at Hunter College, first caught our attention in 2012 with her sharp wit and effortless vintage-infused style on her now-shuttered fashion blog, Fabric Snob (RIP). Fortunately, our mourning period was short-lived. Last year, Kaur began chronicling her musings over at Who Is Apneet?, a more grown-up version of her former platform. And, here we are today, still eyeing her style.

    While Kaur imagines her future to be a blank slate once she receives her degree next spring, her diverse background is sure to set her up for an interesting road ahead: Kaur was born in India, raised in the Bay Area, is majoring in music, and is, as we've come to know her, an arbiter of style. So, we asked this 21-year-old stunner to dish on entering the real world and how she's graduated into that casual, polished look that's equal parts college- and career- appropriate. From study breaks to interviews, Kaur remixes her new wardrobe staple — a sleek leather skirt — four different ways with her favorite pieces from Ann Taylor . Let's just say we're taking major notes from this budding style star — age ain't nothing but a number, right?


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    Look 1: Non-Preppy Preppy
    "This look is casual, but still put-together, and would work well in a professional setting."

    This is so polished — do you feel like your blog has grown up as much as your style?
    "Yes. I was originally blogging as The Fabric Snob in 2012, but just last year I felt like I was outgrowing it because I wanted to talk about more than just what my favorite sweater was. I’m interested in so many other things. So, I transitioned over to Who Is Apneet?, which is more me. There’s more of my photography. I talk about food, answer readers' questions, and can still talk about outfits. I also review tea every week! I've become a bit of an expert. I have more creative freedom and expression to do whatever I want."

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    Now that's a hidden talent you don't hear about every day. How did you learn so much about tea?
    "I used to work at a tea boutique so I learned a lot working there. I freaking love tea. I even take my tea everywhere. I have paper filters and loose teas that I take with me in my bag. So, wherever I am, I can just go to a bodega and get some hot water. I’m such a grandma. I don’t think any young person is talking about tea on the Internet. All the tea blogs out there are using crazy terminology, and it’s not relatable. I don’t care what they have to say about the color of the liquid. I just wanna know if it’s awesome or terrible, you know? So, I thought I could bring a voice to tea that’s more casual and educated to a younger generation."

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    Look 2: Pattern Explosion
    "I'm really into the whole leopard-on-leopard here. It's making me really happy for some reason. I can see myself wearing this into fall or wearing this outfit with tights as the weather gets colder."

    You're known for your eclectic everyday style. What types of pieces do you love the most?
    "I really love vintage, anything old and unique. Most days I’m in jeans and a T-shirt. Typically, I stick to sneakers and boots, but occasionally I’ll put on something funky, like old band shirts with lots of holes in them."

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    You're a music major, and we hear you're kind of amazing on the flute. So, what does a fashion blogger wear to her own concerts?
    "Concert dress is all black. A long gown or a dress. I like to stay classic and wear this suede three-quarter pencil dress with a slit in the back. It’s so simple and beautiful. When you’re sitting there onstage, it’s all about the music and not about being visual. So, it helps me to blend into the background so the instrument is first and foremost."

    What's the story behind you and the flute?
    "I was such a tomboy growing up. I remember when they let us choose which instrument to play in school — I wanted to play the flute because the sounds were so appealing. I've been playing now for 12 years."

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    Look 3: The Untucked Turtleneck
    "I really like oversized things and the skirt balances the sweater out really nicely, especially with the huge slits. The turtleneck detail is super interesting. I'm really in love with this."

    You've lived in three very different places. Has geography influenced your style at all?
    "Well, we moved to the U.S. when I was six months old so I don't remember India. But, moving to New York broadened my spectrum. I quickly realized that I needed to learn how to layer and dress for winter! Hats, scarves, rain boots, and gloves are things that I never had to wear before I got here. I think New York has also put a different perspective on my style. Everyone’s doing their own thing. You can be whoever you want to be."