RED BANK: CALM AND CASUAL

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MODEL-CITIZEN_07CFormer Rumson resident Kerry Planer was bolting from the Alex and Ani New Age jewelry store on Broad Street in Red Bank on a recent fall afternoon when spied by your Model Citizen correspondent.

For a woman out buying last-minute gifts for the bridesmaids in her wedding just days away, Kerry appeared astonishingly calm.

In fact, everything she wore purred “casual.” Perfectly fitted skinny jeans. Black-and-white striped tee with bright pink shoulders. Nude flats. Classic tortoise-shell, cat’s-eye sunglasses.

“I’m a jean-and-t-shirt kind of woman,” Kerry says.  “I love the minimalist look of throwing on a white shirt, jeans, flats and draping a beautiful scarf around my neck.”

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RED BANK: BOOTS ON BROAD STREET

MODEL-CITIZEN_06AIt was one of those boring rainy days in downtown Red Bank when everyone seems to stay put in the office or at home.

But it didn’t stop Tracy Stamer from strolling Broad Street with her two girls, with whom she was shopping. When you have a pair of chic army green and brown rain boots, why not take advantage?

As soon as your Model Citizen correspondent started taking photographs, though, the rain ceased and the sun came out. Tracy appeared visibly disappointed.

“So much for wearing rain boots,” said the 50-year-old Rumson homemaker.

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RED BANK: STYLE WITH A DASH OF ‘STACHE

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Brian Salvatore, 24, spent his childhood hanging out “on the corner with all the punk kids” on Broad Street in Red Bank, he says.

That’s where Model Citizen found the 24-year-old Middletown resident one recent afternoon, his face decorated with a classic beard-and-handlebar-mustache combo that even the humidity couldn’t wilt.

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RED BANK: FROM THE ’70S, A FRESH BREEZE

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MODEL-CITIZEN_04BIt was an unsettled afternoon in downtown Red Bank. A series of pouting, petulant young men and women were hanging out on the corner of Broad and West Front streets, getting on your Model Citizen correspondent’s nerves.

Crossing Broad to escape the negativity, we were immediately distracted by Brandi Coleman’s laid-back look. In cutoff shorts with a white lace throw waving behind her as she strode, she was a breath of fresh air amid the crop tops and t-shirts. Her bag hung freely on her shoulder, its long fringes almost grazing the sidewalk.

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