This is one of many Real Life Style Icon interviews in which we talk to smart, interesting, cool women. And then we befriend them. And ask them to teach us how to dress like them.
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Three reasons that you’re awesome:
I’m awesome because I am a Pre-K teacher and I love what I do and I got a really good teacher evaluation just today. I have a teenage son who’s 13 and is very smart, and I am very crafty and ingenious when it comes to refashioning clothes.
What are you wearing right now, as you type this?
Fleece pajama pants, old cashmere sweater and pink socks (I’m getting ready to go to bed).
What is the last item of clothing you bought?
I went to the thrift store and bought a merino wool Brooks Brothers cardigan and a vintage belt. All for under $8 dollars!
What is the item of clothing you most covet at the moment?
I really want an A-line shift dress, preferably in cream, and at a price I can afford, but I haven’t found one yet.
Tell us about a favorite childhood memory about your clothes.
My mother would make me wear a pinafore over my dress every day because I would always manage to get dirty. As a child I didn’t care much about clothing for myself but I loved making clothes for my dolls and at the age of six I was pretty good with needle and thread. I remember sitting next to my mother as she made clothes for us in her old sewing machine, and I use to pick up scraps and make clothes for my dolls.
What is your best thrifting score?
My first pair of vintage riding boots, I had been thinking about splurging on a pair of riding boots and one Thursday morning I happened to stop by a thrift store and there they were, the perfect fit and color and great quality, for only $30 dollars. I’ve worn them every winter since then. Once I found an original vintage Chanel bag, it was priced at $30 and I was on a shopping diet so I let it go, I still regret that to this moment.
Could you tell us your top three style tricks/DIYs?
1. I like to tailor my shirts, a lot of the button up shirts at the thrift stores are very baggy but your can turn them into more tailored fit by taking in on the sides. There’s tutorials everywhere on youtube
2. I also like refashioning ugly vintage dresses into something more modern, most of the time all you have to do is shorten them and take off the shoulder pads.
3. I also like shortening vintage skirts, I do this all the time, especially because I know which length flatters my legs, and those lengths are hard to come by at the store.Thanks so much for sharing, Shey!
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