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Fashion Friday: Meet Janet McNally, poet and novelist

Name: Janet McNally, 38.

Who she is: Associate professor of English at Canisius College; poet-in-residence at Buffalo Seminary; author of two young adult novels – "The Looking Glass" and "Girls in the Moon" (HarperCollins) – and a prizewinning book of poetry, "Some Girls" (White Pine Press);  volunteer home tutor at Journey's End Refugee Services. The Western New York native graduated from Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart, earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and communication studies at Canisius College and a Master of Fine Arts in fiction at the University of Notre Dame. She and her husband, Jesse Mank, a teacher at Buffalo Seminary, live in Kenmore with their three daughters  – an 8-year-old and 6-year-old twins.

What she's wearing: OEKO-TEX certified linen fabric pants that she purchased on Etsy from not PERFECT LINEN (a family-run brand from Vilnius, Lithuania); black raw silk wrap top from Two Fold Clothing in Charlotte, N.C., that can be worn several ways (Two Fold stands for  two things: environmental and social consciousness); honey-colored "Day Heel" shoes from Everlane.com; earrings from Passage Jewelry on Etsy; heavy-weight linen flax-and-black colored bag from MATTER, block-printed by artisans.

Signature piece: "I love jumpsuits," she said.

Fashion statement: "I try to buy ethical clothing. It's supporting small makers who use thoughtful and sustainable practices. It's more environmentally friendly," McNally said.

"I buy fewer, better things - 'slow fashion,' people say. It's knowing who made your clothes and whether they were paid a fair wage.  I'm buying things I hope to be wearing in 20 years," she said.

"It gets extra points if it looks like something that Katharine Hepburn would have worn," she laughed.

You can see more of her outfits by following her on Instagram @janetmmcnally.

Last purchase: The Clyde jacket, in khaki-colored cotton canvas, from Elizabeth Suzann. "It has great pockets," McNally said.

In the market for: Nothing. "I'm trying to be thoughtful with my purchases. Right now my wardrobe is working together in a way that makes me happy," she said.

Her earrings. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

Her bag. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

Her shoes. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

Happy Fashion Friday. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

 

* In case you missed last week's Fashion Friday:

Fashion Friday: Meet Jessie Fisher, PBN's executive director

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