THE WARDROBE_REMIX(ER) BEING REVEALED:
name: Katherine flickr handle: one daaaangerous easter egg age: 26 location: LA website: I don't have one yet but I plan on opening up an etsy store very soon.
what do you do for a living?
I'm currently working a 9-5 job but I plan on returning to school very soon to get my Masters in some area of Psychology. I haven't quite figured out which one yet.
what are your passions/obsessions/hobbies/aspirations?
In terms of fashion, I'm obsessed with sewing! I've been doing nothing lately but looking for vintage fabric on ebay. I'm drawn to anything colorful with a great pattern. As far as everything else goes, there's just too many things to name. But another huge hobby of mine is reading. I can't get enough! I try to read every free minute I have, and usually it's true crime.
what inspires you?
Anything that has ever inspired me has its roots in my mom. She taught me how to sew, crochet and knit at a very young age. I was exposed to such great pop culture like I Love Lucy, The Dick Van Dyke Show and That Girl and groups like The Supremes and The Shirelles. These images are now embedded in my mind. I really loved the style of the 50s and early 60s because it's so womanly and feminine, and the whole bombshell, pinup girl style is especially appealing to me.
how do you define "style"?
I think style is knowing how to create the best version of yourself. It's knowing what looks good on you and playing up the things that make you unique. But it's also about how you carry yourself, and how you present yourself. The best part of clothing is how it makes you feel, and that comes through in your body language.
how would you describe your personal style?
I would say it's fun, feminine, and colorful, but also simple and ladylike.
how has your style evolved or matured over time?
It's evolved quite a bit over the past few years. I went through a long phase of being a jeans and t-shirt girl, but I would always have a hard time finding pants that fit right because of my shape. So I started wearing dresses all the time because they fit me so much better. When I found that really cool dresses weren't always available, I started making my own. I also started wearing brighter clothes because I work in an office, and most of the time people are wearing neutral colors.
how does your background (personal history, passions, culture, nationality, etc.) come through in the clothes you like and wear, if at all?
My background definitely influences the way that I dress. I'm Filipino, and I have a huge family with a ton of aunts. I grew up with all these women that were always dressed up, always had their hair done, always had the best makeup on, and always were ultra womanly. I've always just thought, "This is how women look."
what are some of your favorite places to shop when you want to add to your wardrobe? online? locally? anywhere in the world? why are these places favorites of yours?
I don't really have a favorite place because I'll pretty much shop anywhere. For vintage clothing there are a few thrift stores and flea markets that I go to a lot. In terms of retail, I like H&M, Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters, although I haven't really been shopping there much lately because it's too expensive. And of course, ebay's a great source for everything! I've found some of my favorite pairs of shoes there.
if you’re into thrifting/secondhand shopping, share with us a great tip for thrifting, a fun thrifting story, or tell us about something great you found!
I found this incredibly cute navy and white polka dot dress a couple of weeks ago. It has white rick rack detailing at the neckline and the best shape ever. I didn't think it would fit but I brought it into the dressing room anyway. I was pretty surprised when it zipped all the way up, and then when I checked it out in the mirror I nearly screamed because it was absolutely the most perfect fit! I haven't worn it yet because it's been a little too hot for it (the fabric's pretty thick.) But once it gets a little cooler, that baby's coming out of my closet!
many fashion-lovers and wardrobe_remix(ers) are concerned with ethics, sustainability, and green fashion these days. if you consider yourself to be one of those folks, how do you go about looking and feeling good while resisting the urge to always have something new to wear?
Lately when I've wanted a new dress to wear I just make it. I do like to buy clothes and I enjoy shopping a great deal, so this is my way of making it up to the environment. I have to say though that since joining wardrobe_remix, I've been shopping retail less and less and buying vintage more and more.
does your location (where you live) affect your style? if so, in what ways? describe what your city or area is like with regard to fashion.
I live in Los Angeles, where you can pretty much be whatever you want to be. This makes it easy to be experimental with style. If you're dressed a little different or downright crazy, chances are there's someone even crazier just down the block. And the weather is a huge factor in the way I dress. I can't always get away with wearing a lot of layers since it's usually pretty warm, so I have to get creative in other ways. But I gotta say that I do thoroughly enjoy the few months out of the year when I can wear scarves and tights all the time.
what do you think is next in terms of fashion? perhaps something that is currently flying under the radar, but could be really cool and popular later, or perhaps something amazing you'd like to see more of that needs to come back or be the new thing?
You know, it's really hard for me to say. It seems like anything that comes into style only remains there for about 3 months. A while back I thought that the early 90s were coming back, but that went out the door before it even came back. So who knows? But I would like to see more of everything, meaning that I'd like to see people trying everything out, even if it doesn't make sense to anyone else.
what does the future hold for fashion? what do you think fashion will be like in 20 years?
Hopefully there will be a revitalized interest in handmade goods. It's discouraging that most independent fabric stores are no longer in existence, but I'm hoping that will change eventually. In my ideal world fashion will be created and influenced by everyday, talented people, not gigantic corporations. It is encouraging, however, that there are groups like wardrobe_remix where real people can get together and appreciate fashion outside of the realm of celebrity.
you are super creative with your clothes! share a creative tip or idea about a way people can remix/style their clothing in a fun or innovative way.
My advice is to experiment! You never know how something is going to look until you try it out. And I've always believed that you can tell everything about a person's style from their shoes, so if you've got a so-so outfit, put on some great shoes and everything will be all better.
how did you come across wardrobe_remix? why do you post there? What do you like about it? has anything positive come about for you as a result of posting to the community?
I have another flickr account that I use for personal photos and when I'd look around I kept seeing tags for wardrobe_remix. So I finally checked it out and after lurking for a while I finally joined. It's such a great place for anyone that's into fashion. Everyone's very supportive and sweet and welcoming. One of the best things that has come from my joining is that I've had way more inspiration for my sewing projects. Thanks girls! And thanks to everyone's nice feedback I finally feel ready to take my hobby to the next level.
other favorite wardrobe_remix(ers)? who, and why?
It's really hard to pick because everyone is so amazing and creative. And it seems like there are new fascinating people popping up everyday. But I have to say that vasiliisa is definitely one of my all-time faves. She has the best prints and colors in her wardrobe. I also love warholuva because she has this really effortless, clean style that I really admire. And just jenny is the cutest girl in the whole world!
suggest an interesting or intelligent question to ask of other remix(ers) for the remix(ers)_revealed feature!
How far is too far? Is there anything that you wouldn't wear or do for fashion? What's crossing the line?
anything else you'd like to say?
Thanks to Tricia for this opportunity and thanks to all the rest of the remix(ers) for being such great inspiration!