For the duration of my life, I've known one opinion to hold solid: gold and silver do not mix (unless they're mixing within the perfect form that is a Rolex Datejust). I had my gold days, I had my silver days, but never both. Mornings were a testament to taking off one metal and putting on another. I didn't think mixing these two in a way that didn't look sloppy was possible - until, I met Anaa Saber. Anaa's style is special, and beyond being just special, she also makes it look easy. When she stacked silver bracelets with gold necklaces and rings, it seemed natural - even to a purist like myself. Anaa, or OurSecondSkin as her online followers might know her, has quickly become a street style darling over the past several years.
Where are you originally from?
I'm originally from Long Island, but when I made the decision to go to FIT, I moved to the city.
How did OurSecondSkin start?
I started OSS because I took a styling class at FIT. I got into it unknowingly. I signed up for this class, thought it was a styling class, but it turned out to be a class where you style your own outfit and post it to your blog. Fast forward, I was posting on my blog, posting on Instagram, and receiving really great feedback. When the class was over, I decided to continue with it. A year later I won an award from WhoWhatWear, and that's where we are now!
And you also have a column with WhoWhatWear right?
Yes! They're really great. I have an athleisure column.
Do you have any advice for people trying to balance full time work with a side hustle?
Never give up your side hustle! For me, it's my sanity. I'm a concept editor for my career, so I'm lucky that my career also aligns with my blog.
What's a concept editor?
TOBE is a thinktank for consumer cultures and behaviors, so basically we concept new ideas for our clients regarding whatever special projects they have. It could be crossing hospitality, fashion, etc. We come out with weekly, monthly, daily content.
How'd you first get into vintage?
I got into vintage when I got sick of fast fashion. My thrifting started towards the end of high school. I was sick of what was out there. At the time 80s and 90s trends were coming back so I needed to literally go out to thrift stores to find those pieces.
What was the first memorable thrifting experience you had?
The first few times I thrifted, my mom would throw out everything I bought. I once got this fuzzy- ass sweater. It looked like someones grandmother wore it. It was terrible. Anyway, I woke up the next morning and found it on the curb in the garbage. I was so mad, I pulled it out and brought it back in. Eventually my mom became ok with it - sometimes I'll find her stuff.
What are some of your favorite places to thrift?
I love to go to the big warehouse places where you have to dig. For me, curated places aren't as fun. It's a hobby, when I go through a thousand racks and find something special, I feel good about myself.
Are you currently on the hunt for anything specific?
It's really challenging to find good vintage streetwear in the city. I think LA has better vintage streetwear.
Do you have any tips for first time vintage shoppers?
Don't get overwhelmed by it - it should be fun. If digging in the racks isn't for you find a curated shop!