Top drawer


Cassie Coleman

• Who she is: Cassie Coleman

• What she’s wearing: Patterned shirt from Express, green cardigan given to her by a friend who lives in Paris, and red shoes purchased at the Goodwill on Patton, because — as Cassie puts it — “I like ’em. They’re kinda gaudy, but everyone needs a pair of red shoes.”

• Why we love it: Like Audrey Tautou’s character in the 2001 French film, Cassie knows how to put together rich colors and mix contemporary clothing with vintage pieces. The result? A well-traveled outfit with European sensibilities and edgy sophistication: perfect for sipping lattes at a sidewalk cafe or jotting poetic letters on a park bench.

Try this on

Spice up your winter wardrobe with cozy-yet-stylish tights. That’s right — tights are no longer just for elementary-school girls — but the same idea applies. Thick cable and sock-knit leggings provide warmth and whimsy. Fun patterns, thigh-highs and over-the-knee styles are naughty-but-nice. Here’s where to find ’em:

The Ineffable Woman (6 Walnut St.) carries luxurious cashmere thigh-highs and other erotically charged legwear.

Sayley Girl (195 Charlotte St., 225-5788) offers thick Nouvella tights and a wide array of woolly legwarmers.

Greenlife Grocery (70 Merrimon Ave., 254-5440), Earth Fare (Westgate Parkway, 253-7656) and the French Broad Food Co-op (90 Biltmore Ave., 255-7650) all stock Maggie’s Organics tights, a line of eco-friendly natural-fiber stockings.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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