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Laura Serino

After visiting Maine only a handful of times, Laura Serino packed up her studio apartment in New York City and headed north for "the way life should be." After a summer on North Haven island, she and her boyfriend, a Maine native, settled in Portland, Maine. Serino is a former magazine editor who has been published in national and regional publications. When she isn't blogging, she spends her time antiquing, scouring thrift shops, exploring new places in Maine and cozying up to her cat Jasper. She recently completed her first book, "Twentysomething Girl, 1001 Quick Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier." Reach her at info@forefrontfashion.com Follow her: @ForeFrontFash

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Fore Front Fashion with Laura Serino
Posted: May 16, 2013

What is Maine style? Caitlin Pierce from Wore Out weighs in!

So you live in VT and not Maine! Explain yourself!
Haha you sound like my mom, she’s always asking when I’m coming back to Maine! I originally came to Burlington to attend Champlain College but when graduation rolled around I couldn’t imagine leaving. Burlington is a lot like Portland with a weirder/funkier vibe and on a massive lake instead of the ocean. A lot of the things that I love about Vermont could be said about Maine and vise versa. Let me put it this way, anytime I drive back to Burlington after being away, there’s this one point on 89 (the only highway in VT) where you come around this slow curve and then the welcome to Vermont sign appears. Every time I see that sign, no matter how many times I’ve made that drive I get a little flutter in my stomach, as long as that keeps happening, I’m staying.

Why did you decide to start a personal style blog?
I’d been reading and actively following fashion blogs for a almost a year before I got up the courage to start Wore Out. I’ve always loved storytelling (I have a story for everything) and to me that’s really what fashion is, storytelling with style. That idea just seemed to naturally lend itself to blogging, so I ran with it. I had no idea what I was doing when I started and there are days when I still don’t, but that’s all part of the learning process. I had no idea how much I would love it, it’s really been amazing.

 

How would you describe the way folks in Maine dress?
If I had to sum up Maine fashion in one word it would be practical. I think Mainers are hearty, reliable, industrious people, and those traits are definitely reflected in the fashions you see in the 207.  Mainers are looking for the best clothes for the job they’re doing, from blueberry picking to boat building to teaching; fashion and style usually come second.

Favorite piece of “Maine” clothing you own?
Hands down my L.L.Bean rubber mocs, I love those little boots. I bought my boyfriend a canoe for his birthday last year so my mocs have been a godsend. I wear them when we go fishing, out in the garden, running down to the corner store, on day hikes; they’re perfect for real life and to me that’s the epitome of Maine fashion.

Do you think style in New England has a bad rep? Or that people get us?
I do think New England fashion gets a really bad rep, both Maine and Vermont easily fall victim to the New England redneck farmer stereotypes and unfortunately that’s all a lot of people see. There’s so much more going on in terms of the fashion scene, I feel like New England based designers are really at the forefront of the green, upcycled, renewable, fashion movement. New England has a long, proud tradition of supporting local craftsmen and artisans and it’s been exciting to see more and more small, local designers start to make a name for themselves.

Be honest. Do Mainers dress better than Vermonters? We won’t tell…
I’m not picking sides on this one! I will say there are a lot of similarities in how Mainers and Vermonters dress, both styles are very much focused around craftsmanship, comfort, and functionality. Mainers and Vermonts can’t be bothered by impracticalities or discomfort, they need pieces for real life and they don’t like to mess around. The biggest difference I see is that Vermont style is definitely crunchier, it’s earthy and woodsy where Maine style has a much more costal, New England prep kind of vibe.  As my dad would say they’re “same same, but different.”

Be sure to check out Caitlin’s blog WORE OUT and you can also check her out on twitter and facebook! Thanks Caitlin! CLICK HERE to see past Maine Style series.

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