Sharen Udell prefers wearing dark colors, but the hostess at Tapas Adela knows how to make her look stand out with pops of color and unusual accessories. "I'm not a designer person. I don't follow trends," says the 45-year-old Canton resident. "I like to put different stuff together to create my own look."

The look: Red ribbed cotton-blend turtleneck Bebe sweater. Black asymmetrical cotton American Apparel skirt. Black fishnets. Black leather pointy-toe boots. Black rabbit fur pom-pom scarf. Silver ankh earrings.

Where it came from: She got the sweater, skirt and scarf at Fashion Attic. Her boots came from the Aerosoles store. Her earrings were custom-made by a jewelry artist.

Both budget and style matter: "I don't like department store clothing. I'd rather have funky stuff, and sometimes, the boutiques are too pricey for me. ... I love thrift shopping because you can get really funky, unusual things. My current favorite is Fashion Attic. The owner is really, really cool. You can get a lot of designer stuff there that's really inexpensive and a bargain."

She looks to the stars for color cues: "I'm a Capricorn, and we tend to wear darker colors. ... I have a book - 'The Llewellyn Calendar' - it's an astrological calendar that I read every morning. Every day has a certain color. So these colors represent the type of energy I want to utilize for the day."

She prefers unusual, handmade jewelry: "I like unusual accessories. ... I'm a big crystal person. I use crystals a lot for their energy. So, my rings are always handmade, my earrings are handmade and my necklaces are usually handmade, [often] custom made."

Her picks, pans: "I never wear pants with side pockets because they gap. And I never wear baggy pants. Ever. ... I like turtlenecks. They're Parisian. They're very Audrey Hepburn. And I'll put my hair up in a high ponytail with a headband. ... I gravitate to that look; no frills, no flounces. Very clean lines."

Her wardrobe faves: "This rabbit fur scarf. ... My black leather jacket. And my tiny 'takeout' bag. It looks like a [Chinese restaurant's] takeout box, but it's covered in satin and has a bamboo handle."

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