Top drawer

Special deliveries

Beth Harvey

• Who she is: Beth Harvey

• What she’s wearing: White tee and painter’s-style cap, cuffed menswear trousers, leather shoes from Discount Shoes and vintage leather bag she found at a yard sale for $1.

• Why we love it: Beth’s ensemble is a balanced mix of boyishly tough and softer pieces. The sturdy courier-type bag adds character, and a pair of dangly feather earrings hits a romantic note.

• Andy Pearce wears another boy-meets-girl look: Pinstripe trousers, a lacy top and a white leather bag with silver studs.

A Midsummer dream

Trish Marshall

Trish Marshall, owner of Rags Reborn Eco-Chic Boutique, lists scarves at the top of her midsummer must-haves. “Worn in the hair, wrapped around dreadlocks, used to carry babies, long sashes, sarongs …” she lists.

This part of summer, when the days are long and hot and it seems (at least fashion-wise) like there’s little to do but wait for the cooler winds of autumn, it’s a good time to stock up on some inspiration. Recently, style blogger the Sartorialist ( noted crisp white outfits set off by a bright necklace or — you guessed it — scarf.

And even during the dog days, it’s possible to seek out transitional pieces that can make a wardrobe both right now and in a couple months. Lightweight denim is a good bet. For atypical finds, check Rags Reborn for reconstructed vintage tees (layer them over tanks now, thermals later) and kitschy “Familiar Faces” shrinky-dink earrings by local artist Lael Alon.

Loose threads

Red shoes

Updates: Patty’s, formerly located in the Grove Arcade, recently moved to 52 Biltmore Ave. (225-7600). Ad Lib, a long-time Biltmore Avenue establishment, can now be found at 23 Haywood St. (285-8838).

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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