Though I am not much of a sewer, this week’s adventure brought me to Fine Fabrics in Norcross, GA, better described as the biggest fabric mart in the Atlanta area. I decided to visit the store because I’d heard so many good things about it and I was certainly impressed. Think of this place as the Lowe’s of fabric stores. It’s absolutely huge and big box-sized with aisle upon aisle of fabrics, fixings and notions.
I spotted our Fashionista spending her day off roaming the aisles in search of fabric for new projects. She is currently a senior at Savannah College of Art and Design, where she transferred to from Georgia Southern (go, Eagles!). In the future, she aspires to become a kids wear designer and create a line that includes clothing, shoes and accessories for the outgoing girl. She told me that in her spare time, which she doesn’t have much of, she enjoys shopping, sewing, pattern making and romantic dates with her boyfriend, Netflix.
“My goal is to encourage girls to be different, true to themselves and playful all while being stylish,” she told me. Summarily, she said she wants to “bring costume to everyday life.” Our Fashionista describes her personal style as “whimsical,” stating that she likes unique pieces and print-mixing. We can certainly see this reflected in her look. She took simple staple pieces: an everyday V-neck and black distressed jeans, and upgraded them with bold accessories. Literally, taking what could be considered “drab” to fab.
For jewelry, she paired a chunky, gold statement necklace with a black Fossil watch, a small bracelet and cute hamburger earrings that she made herself. Coordinating with her earrings, she wore a bucket hat featuring kitties inside of hamburgers. Usually, when we think animal print, we think zebra or leopard, but this is animal print in a more literal form. Here’s one from the same brand, featuring ducks. She also wore black angled sunglasses from ALDO to block out the haters. (By haters, I meant dangerous UV rays). Here’s an equally cute heart-shaped pair for only 12 dollars! She tied the look together (see what I did there?) with a blue and black lumberjack button-down tied around the waist. Channeling childhood nostalgia, she wore pink glitter jelly flats by Jeffrey Campbell. It sounds like a lot, but as you see in the picture, it somehow just works! Our Fashionista is certainly following in the steps of one of her celebrity inspirations, Katy Perry, and taking risks.
I asked our Fashionista if she had any advice when it comes to putting looks together and she gave me these pointers: 1. Wear what you want. 2. Don’t follow trends if they don’t fit your style. 3. If you don’t love it, don’t buy it or wear it. 4. Your clothes are the first thing people notice, so make them count. Love the look? Want to keep up with this style-ista? Check out her Instagram.
One Simple Change: To take this outfit from weekend wear to work, this Fashionista said that she would trade out her distressed jeans for a more polished pair. Even though holey jeans are hot, unfortunately, the awesome company we both happen to work for doesn’t allow them in the dress code. Opt for a more work-appropriate pair, like these from Paige Premium Denim.