*If you're experiencing problems with the java slider, refresh your browser until it functions properly.
LYME LIGHT: CANDICE ACCOLA
To demonstrate this season's radiant bright pieces, we knew the wearer needed to be someone who truly shined as bright on the inside. VAMPIRE DIARIES star Candice Accola couldn't have been more perfect for the job: beyond the contagious perma-smile she always has on, she's using her position to shine the lyme
light on a disease that many aren't educated about. In support of Lyme Disease Awareness month, Accola designed a tribal tunic
with proceeds going to Turn The Corner: a charity dedicated to research, education, and treatment of lyme disease. Accola became involved in the fight against lyme disease when a friend she grew up with learned she had lyme in its most chronic form. "I just felt the need to shine light on a very prevalent disease that nobody is talking about," Accola explains, "my friend is still bedridden and not physically capable to educate others on the dangers of simple tick bite, so I wanted to help give her a voice."
And we must say to that end, she's doing it in style. While she pulls off the mega-brights as though they're her daily uniform, Accola tells us her wardrobe revolves around two staples: flowy vintage dresses and seasonal hats. "If a hippy flower child and a 50s housewife had a baby, my style would be that baby," Accola asserts. She is a devotee to price-right shops like Zara, H&M, and Urban Outfitters, declaring herself a junkie of the latter. And the most valuable lesson in style we learned from Accola at the shoot is where she finds inspiration: "I've learned that when I try to emulate someone else's style I always end up uncomfortable. My style inspiration starts from the inside out. I wear what makes me feel comfortable, sexy and free." In today's spread, we think Accola proves her own theory and then some.ALLIE WOOD
Check out how Accola sports fluorescent fashion in the slides above, then shop the story & her tunic benefitting lyme in the thumbnails below.
Go behind the scenes of our shoot with Candice in this video & be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel: youtube.com/stylefiledaily