Nicole: I’m pretty sure that vintage tennis skirts are one of our greatest thrift store discoveries. They are the perfect bottom for 90% of summer activities.
Kelly: Agreed! I have two, one with triangles and circles and sailboats(?) in primary colors and this black and white checked number. Pleated polyester perfection.
N: I wore my skirt on many a river bike ride last summer. Including the one that ended me in a rainy, bloody bike accident…
K: Yes, it was so rainy and bloody she couldn’t stop laughing. I took this picture as we waited in the emergency room. Shortly thereafter, we decided that I could dress her bloody head wound and save her $500 on a bandage. Nicole was very brave while I applied hydrogen peroxide with a q-tip.
N: What a good friend to play Florence Nightingale to her bloody, in shock boo.
K: You’re funny when you’re in shock. What were we talking about? Oh yeah, tennis skirts. They don’t stain! Even with blood or river mud. I love the hidden rainbow ribbon detail. Not sure where this little cross-stitched purse came from, but I crocheted my beaded friendship bracelet.
N: And made me two matching ones! They coordinate perfectly with my vintage neon swim top which coordinates perfectly with the yellow stripe at the bottom of my skirt.
K: Yeah, I got to give you props on the color palette. It all ties together.
N: As a swimsuit cover-up, a vintage (or non-vintage) tennis skirt makes a much more interesting outfit than a sarong, is more comfortable over a wet suit than denim shorts and dries quicker than either of them. Score!
K: I love these shitty pleather 90s loafers. Hopefully, I’ll figure out how to recreate this borrowed beaded anklet. Friendship anklets?
N: Highlighter yellow swimsuit top courtesy of the lovely ladies at A Little Wicked. View of Manhattan courtesy of my awesome roof top. Perfect for sunbathing, yoga and FU photo shoots.
K: My American Apparel bandeau bikini top (worn with halter strap) is the only item I purchased new. Everything else was thrifted dirt cheap. Our insane hairstyle is what you get when you wash your hair with a bar of soap, and we love it.
N: Everything I’m wearing is thrifted, including the matching Liz Claiborne belt and shoes. Oddly enough, not bought on the same trip or at the same store.
K: Then again, neither were our vintage tennis skirts, both by TAIL, both from the ’90s. These things do happen!
N: Proof that thrifting is magical.
Thrifting is even more magical than the Opera Ghost.