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Style stop: Margaret Bruzelius

  • Margaret Bruzelius of Amherst.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Margaret Bruzelius of Amherst<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Margaret Bruzelius of Amherst<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

Margaret Bruzelius’ bright, bold colors and hand-knit sweater caught the eye of the Style Stop team as she was on her way into Urban Exchange in downtown Northampton. Bruzelius, an associate dean at Smith College, was looking for shoes to wear to her daughter’s wedding.


OLD IS NEW: I’m not interested in buying new things. I’m a veteran thrift shopper. I’m a devotee of The Hospice Shop and the Salvation Army.

SHOPPING AS A HOBBY: I spend a lot of time working and a couple times a week I go shopping. It’s a form of entertainment. I love looking at old clothes, I love texture and color. It’s a good source of pleasure.

HER FASHION CAREER: I worked in the fashion business. I went to FIT [the Fashion Institute of Technology], and I worked on Seventh Avenue for a while. I got into the hand-knitting business. My job was to knit a sample and write a pattern.

HER OUTFIT: The green skirt is part of a vintage outfit from the ’60s. It has a matching shell top so it was originally meant to be part of a suit set. The stockings were a Christmas gift from one of my children. The sweater is vintage, bought years ago when I lived in Cambridge. It was clearly homemade by someone. I would say from the styling that it was made in the ’50s, but it might be later.

THE PAISLEY SCARF: This is an antique. It came from the family.


PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER: I wore them all because they are greens and yellows, which I always think of as early spring colors, and I’m hoping that spring arrives soon. The purple stockings were because I’ve always loved yellow and purple color combinations, and the yellow shoes were because I’m sick of boots!

— Alexandra Graziano

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