How can I sum up the marvelous blogger, The Clothes Horse, in just one paragraph?! She seems to exist in a wonderland of golden fields and pebble beaches. She can take one dress and show you how to wear it six different ways you’d never think of. Who is this urchin of fashion? Find out by reading our interview with her! Plus, see her lovely namesake dress and her favorite ModCloth picks.
How did you get interested in fashion?
I suppose it all started in junior high when I got “Fruits,” a book that compiled some of the best pictures from the Japanese street fashion magazine of the same name. I was immediately obsessed with how they dressed. It wasn’t until I was a senior in high school that I started reading fashion magazines and watching runways though. I feel I was always interested in “fashion” but I definitely started with the street and inspiration source and then discovered the more formal and usual interpretation of the word.
How would you define your personal style?
Colorful, quirky, and unintentionally ladylike. I wear a lot of pretty dresses, but I like to mix things up with eccentric extras, and color is the mainstay of my closet. My black section is woefully limited and I own next to no white or grey.
What is your fashion/styling rule? Any tips for getting your look?
I think just approaching your wardrobe with a sense of play. Intentionally wear pieces together that you haven’t before and look for colors that go nicely together, but aren’t typical (mustard and maroon for example). Also, add “quirky” touches that are a little more personal with very “normal” outfits: like vintage fascinators, knee socks with your wedges, and strange pendants on your necklaces.
Favorite style icon?
Sofia Coppola — I love the way she dresses, but I really admire her style when it comes to directing. She has a distinct vision that always comes across beautifully–that is personal style; it affects all aspects of your life and work, not just the way you dress.
Ooh, this is hard. I was raised on retro films, so I’m a bit of an old movie buff…If I really have to choose, maybe “Charade” starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. The dialogue is very witty and the mystery definitely keeps you on your toes.
This is probably even harder than choosing a favorite movie, because I’m a serious nerd who sometimes reads a book a day. “A Small Rain” by Madeleine L’Engle is one of my favorites.
Is there a specific era that inspires your style?
Not really; one of my favorite eras in fashion is the 20s, but that silhouette doesn’t really suit me. I feel I wear a lot of 50s shapes, but I would hate to associate myself with that era!
What inspired you to start your own blog? Do you still have a day job, or do you blog full-time?
I started my blog because I was inspired by so many other bloggers and I actually just wanted to be able to leave comments on their sites without them thinking I was strange! I just graduated from college in May and I’m still struggling with what is next. Right now, I am studying for law school and while I would like to make my blog my part-time job so I can continue doing it while I’m in law school or whatever is next, I don’t make enough money off my blog to support myself.
Any tips for girls wanting to start their own fashion blogs?
Only do it if it’s something you really love; passion really comes across in blogs. A blog can really consume your life if you enjoy doing it, but it can be exhausting if your heart isn’t in it. But fashion blogs are only one option, if you love something else you can blog about that!
You’ve already succeeded at creating an amazing blog. What are your other dreams/hopes/aspirations for the future?
I want a nice score on my LSAT, to visit India (and a dozen other countries), to live in a city (so I don’t have to drive a car and have lots of shopping options), and to have a secure occupation that makes me happy!
Get the Clothes Horse’s look with her ModCloth faves:
Want to truly capture her style? You’ll adore the utterly romantic Clothes Horse Dress:
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