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Steal like an artist.
So yeah, this outfit may not be art, but it certainly is stolen, erm…inspired. After all, there is nothing new under the sun. And all is vanity. So what you wear becomes a catalogue of what and who you come into contact with — and how those combined forces creatively, often subconsciously, synthesize in the daily act of dressing.
The Tibetan turquoise, coral and beaded breastplate ($140, Armor Bijoux) is inspired by… • Bethany’s beautiful and frequent displays of breastplate glory. • My instant envy for Kim’s breastplate gift (hubba). • The ceremonies of the Ladakh tribe, as apparently this is a necklace made for the occasion. • The western US, as I find something so Santa Fe about this piece too. Overall, it makes me think of the soul, and vast open spaces, and mountains, and east meets west, and general bad-assery.

The Carlisle silk shirt (thrifted gift, somewhere in Oregon) is inspired by… • An undying love for labels that read 100% silk. • An undying love for gold. • A sort of mobius strip of inspiration that started with the one-by-one induction of the FU ladies into thrift store fashion fetishism, that in part led to this blog, that led my friend Amanda to start thrift store shopping in Oregon, that led her to buy and give this to me. Boomerang.

Made in the former British Hong Kong, this shirt is beautifully made for women with personal servants. It has intricate buttoning up the back, even hook-and-eyes up the nape of the neck.

The Bonnie and Norma vintage velvet riding pants ($3.75, thrift store) are inspired by… • Anna’s love for vintage velvet, which inspired me to start eagle-eyeing thrift stores for the exquisiteness. When I found these riding pants, she told me she had been on the search for a similar pair for years. Just recently, she found her own, and smokin’ hot. Now if I could only compete with her collection of velvet skirts.

The Frye Boots ($200, after parental gift-discount) are inspired by… • Peer pressure, because like, all the FU ladies have them, practically. • Cowboys. • The Civil War, which apparently inspired the whole boot-making venture in the first place.

All made in the USA baby.

The Leonardo Riva black leather oversized tuxedo jacket ($10, thrift store) is inspired by: • Kelly and Nicole’s fascination with menswear and tuxedo jackets. I love the oversized tuxedo feel of the front. And the yards of leather. (No offense, PETA.)  • My Harley-riding dad, and the added, full-body protection this will give me when on the back of a motorcycle. • My bicycle, and the semi-full-body protection this will give my outfits in the muddy spring. • Some puff sleeved leather jacket I saw on a runway recently. • The f*cking neurotic weather.

In the end, it’s me on a weekday, with the things I carry. Even people, even places, even love.

Photos by the glorious Bethany Walter, FU-ing tomorrow.


Color is emotional. It bypasses the reason and goes straight for the gut. It is common to put together an outfit out of mostly neutrals with a pop of color, or one primary and one secondary color, but we enjoy more unexpected color combinations. A bold and thoughtful color palette can update vintage items and inject a sense of personal style into your look.

When it comes to color, choose your palette and commit!

Nicole commits to lavender floral blouse and lavender plaid skirt. Complimentary colors: cream, light brown, periwinkle, rose

Kelly commits to red and white polka dot ruffled blouse and red, blue, and white floral skirt (both vintage 70s). Complimentary Colors: teal, yellow

This look is special because the colors in the skirt are exactly mirrored in my shoes. Also, I frocking love 70s vintage and high-necked blouses.

Both of these looks include print-mixing. Prints are great, because you can pull the color palette out of the colors in the print, like I did with my skirt. However, mixing bold solid colors creates a cleaner, more modern look.

This gent on Hel Looks (street style from Helsinki) commits to plum and merlot. Complimentary Colors: red, black

Alexandra Golovanoff commits to green, glorious green – photo found here. Complimentary colors: light blue, dark blue, white and taupe. More of Alexandra, French journalist and TV host,  here and here.

 This lady commits all the way down to her dog. Mad respect.

It is a real master who takes on color and print like it ain’t no thang. Ye gads, his coat lining makes me swoon.

 Make a commitment to tomorrow’s colors today (More photos of our outfits after the jump.)


Colorful tights and high waisted pants with white blouse

We are what we pretend to be  . . .
-Kurt Vonnegut

Over time I have gotten the compliment that I can pull off looks that others can’t. I wonder sometimes if their comment means that they aren’t wearing what they truly want to wear. Maybe this is because they don’t want to look like posers.

How I dress isn’t always about expressing who I am but who I want to be or how I want to feel. If I want to feel more bold, friendly, and energetic then I might put on a colorful outfit on a day when I really feel like a recluse. In Michael Michalko’s article You Become What You Pretend To Be, he gives examples of famous artists such as Michelangelo who faked being something they weren’t and in turn evolved into it. Outfits are just costumes that allow me to pretend to be something I’m not yet.

Red high waisted pants, turquoise tights, white blouse, ethnic earrings, and wedge boots from Urban Outfitters Colorful high waisted pants: S.P. II, thrift store
(I didn’t let the high water length of these pants from keeping me from wearing them.)
Wedge boots: Denna & Ozzy

Last Friday night when I was wearing this outfit, Anna hosted a cocktail hour and invited Kelly, Jess and I over to peruse vintage costume jewelry. The evening progressed into a night of dancing over at the Red Room with DJ Shay.

Red high waisted pants, turquoise tights, white blouse, ethnic earrings, and wedge boots from Urban OutfittersXL Ivory blouse with draping neckline: handmade, thriftstore
Woven black leather belt: thrift store

If you want to pretend to be uninhibited and carefree, go dancing.

Check out this video from Derek Sivers, founder of CD Baby, makes an analogy between starting the dance floor and starting a movement.

 Armor Bijous lapis earrings from Kazahkstan and lapis and silver braceletEthnic Kazahkstan lapis and pearl earrings: Armor Bijoux
Lapis and silver bracelet: gift from Kim

Red high waisted pants, colorful tights, wedge boots, thrift store fashion, white blouse

Thank you to Marcus for shooting these photos.

Marcus Pierce photographed by Bethany Walter

Artist: Marcus Pierce