Believe it or not, we actually (almost) never coordinate our outfits before photoshoots. (For this one, we didn’t at all.)
We usually decide on a loose ‘theme,’ like street style or elevated basics, then the both of us go to town on our closets to find three or four outfits that work with the theme.
Somehow, someway, our outfits always seem to come together better than we ever expected. It’s as if we have a sixth sense as to what the other is going to wear on a given day. It helps that we have distinctive, yet complementary senses of style, so we know we’re not going to show up wearing the exact same thing, but our ensembles will always have the same ‘vibe.’
One thing I think most people would find striking about my outfit is that everything I’m wearing is from Goodwill-the scarf, the sweater, and the pants. Most fashion bloggers like to mix high fashion (Prada) and low fashion (Forever 21), but our version of that is mixing old and new; firsthand fashion and secondhand fashion.
Nothing Sabrina is wearing is thrifted, but her firsthand style still harmonizes with my secondhand outfit, and if we hadn’t told you the origins of each, no one would be the wiser!
These pants used to be flared and far too big for me, but now that I refashioned and tailored them to fit me, I love to wear them.
There truly is value found in being open to clothing that is both new and gently used. Both types of fashion can be stunning, so we often mix our hidden gems from Goodwill with designer pieces from Dillard’s. As Sabrina says, just because something is expensive, it doesn’t mean it’s beautiful, and just because something is dirt cheap, it doesn’t mean it isn’t!
Define your own style not based on labels or tags, but on intrinsic aesthetic value, and you’ll find that your stylistic voice will be more ‘you’ than ever before.
I tend to lean towards sultrier outfits (loving the fishnet trend), while Hannah’s style has a little bit more of a rustic feel. We both love modern trends and classic styles,so when we mix them together with our own personal flair thrown in, the result is always intriguing. Our style is a pretty accurate reflection of our friendship.
We are definitely cut from the same cloth, but each of us have our own strengths and weaknesses that allow us to come together and show that two truly is better than one.
When it comes to working on the blog, Hannah typically takes the reins on the website design, photography choices, and formatting, while I preside over the written content. We love to learn each other’s crafts, so I work with Hannah to develop her written voice, and Hannah works with me to fine tune my eye for design.
It can be hard at times to admit that someone else is better at something than you are, but you just have to remember that their strengths only add to your own. That’s the beauty of having a partnership; you don’t have to be the best at everything. You just have to be great at one or two things, then you can find someone else whose talents make up for where you fall short (and vice versa).
Leslie Knope is one of our favorite TV show characters, and we think she says it best,”So find your team. Get to work. Whatever that work is that you find worth doing. Do it, and find some people to love who’ll do it with you.”
Even in Arkansas, which is pretty barren when it comes to a fashion scene, each of us lone, Vogue-subscribing, couture-fawning, expert-thrifting fashionistas found each other.
We found one another and we’re working on our passion project, and we can’t ask for much more than that.
“It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we’re in it together.”