One day last January I welcomed three out-of-town friends to my home: style experts Arlene and Brandon of Chicago fashion outpost TwentyThirtyForty.net, and photographer extraordinaire Nathan Michael. The former rooted through my wardrobe and made outfits from the clothing that had been boggling me. The latter documented the process. Not only did I learn a lot, I had way too much fun!
First up? A denim vest I'd made by cutting the arms from an old jacket. Such a good idea at the time, yet I couldn't move past my old associations of denim vests and a particular episode of Seinfeld. Also a closet conundrum that the TwentyThirtyForty girls helped me solve was this Tibi skirt that I'd purchased last fall under the certainty I'd wear it into the ground, but I hadn't even taken the tags off it!
We paired the troublesome items together; the laid-back air of the vest offset the skirt's potential for fussiness, while the ladylike lines of the skirt brought the vest back from Hippiesville. It was just the meeting in the middle that I needed, since it was the opposing extremes of the two individual pieces that had been throwing me off. A few accessories to tie it together and I was good to go! Genius, no?
Also: A HUGE thanks to The Make-Up Dolls for my hair and make-up in these photos. La-la-loved working with them. I have two more looks from this day of styling and shooting to come. Stay tuned later this month!