This December I had the pleasure of being chosen by Miranda Rogers McDonals, the voice and fashion icon behind TheChicStreet.com, for an interview in our local Voice Tribune. I am truly honored to have the chance to share my Fashion View, and as always I absolutely loved working with Miranda!
Here’s my Fashion View…
Interview By MIRANDA ROGERS MCDONALD
What is your fashion view?
Fashion is an immediate way for me to express myself. It speaks for me before I even have a chance to open my mouth. I have a lot to say, and fashion is another means of expression. As Coco Chanel once said, “Fashion is in the sky, in the street. Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
How do you describe your style?
I would say that my personal style is highly eclectic, vintage and somewhat quirky. I have been known to wear anything from cowboy boots to a Grateful Dead tee in public, all in the same day. Life is about taking risks and making the most of what you have. I may not have the most luxurious and label-lined closet, but I can take that $2 thrifted mumu, pair it with my vintage leather vest and “make it work.” No one should pigeonhole themselves into one genre of fashion. We’re all multifaceted, fascinating individuals and our style should represent those different facets of our personalities.
Where is your favorite place to shop?
Working in a locally-owned boutique, and as a local business owner myself, I have a high respect for local boutiques and thrift stores and try to shop locally as much as possible. Some of my favorite vintage pieces have come from Urban Attic and Mariposa Consignments, while Dress & Dwell is my go-to for each season’s current trends. All that being said, a girl just can’t resist J Crew’s effortless looks and Target’s amazing prices. And, as a former mall rat, I do find myself often perusing through the big chains to find some great bargains while chowing down on a Cinnabon.
What are your favorite pieces?
As much as I would love to rock stilettos and tulle skirts on the daily, my jobs call for high traffic and ready-to-wear comfort. I am often in velvet slippers or riding boots and leather pants or colored denim. I almost always layer, and I try to add as many textures as I can while still looking polished. When the time calls for a more “glam” approach, I head to the back of my closet to raid my vintage dress collection, and I slip into some fun heels and statement jewelry.
Any trends you look forward to wearing for fall and winter?
I am loving the turn to glam this season. I am wholly embracing the sequins and feminine frills, but to keep the look fresh and current I try to tone down the “Gatsby” nod with a more masculine element like pairing a sequin skirt with a plaid top or leather jacket.
Has your career affected your outfit choices?
My career is constantly changing. Every day is different, and my style choices must be versatile and functional as well as fashion forward and professional so that I can meet the task at hand. In just one day I may be styling a photo shoot, meeting with a client, perusing the flea market and attending an antique auction, so unfortunately on most days those heels and frills give way to flats and ready-to-wear ensembles. However, no matter the look I always layer on the jewels to keep my ensemble upbeat and quirky, because nothing takes you from dowdy thrifter to fashion vixen in no time flat like a statement necklace. When it comes to bits and baubles, the more the merrier.
Who is your fashion icon?
Since the first time I laid eyes on Audrey Hepburn, I was mesmerized. Her very being exuded an air of effortless elegance – so iconic, yet utterly approachable. Everything about her presence enchanted me. She had such openness, yet such pride. She was so unsure of herself, yet completely confident and competent. And, atop the list of numerous characteristics, even before her beauty and grace, her crowning merit was her compassion for others and her awareness of the world around her. I think that in this age we could all take a lesson from her, because we are so plugged in, yet so disconnected from the world around us.
Is there anything else that you would like our readers to know about you?
Well, I’m an open book. I often overshare, I laugh too loud in public and my love for felines far surpasses society’s “norm.” Just like most people my age, I am figuring out who and what I want to be when I grow up, and the best way I’ve found to do that is to find out exactly what and whom I don’t want to be. I’ve been many things, I’ve worn many hats and I’ve found that the one that fits best is the one with no label.
Miranda Rogers McDonald is the author of TheChicStreet.com. When Miranda isn’t blogging about fashion or flexing her social media muscle, she is spending time with her husband and feisty Chihuahua, Niles. She believes in celebrating the smaller things in life, such as good wine and food, an interesting book and sitting on patios while enjoying conversations with her closest friends. She strives to one day join the ranks of the fashion editors that she idolizes, and to show the world that a girl from Kentucky knows a little something about style.
Photo by CHRIS HUMPHREYS | The Voice-Tribune