hey soul sista…


There’s a story that’s been passed around my family for a couple of decades about my sister chiding me at age 6 or so for wearing some awful combination of red and pink together. She flatly told me it didn’t match and I just as flatly told her, “it doesn’t matter how you look, it’s how you feel. And I feel fine.” I was not a child who tolerated discomfort. Wedgies were the bain of my existence. Also, tights. While for the most part that hasn’t changed, as I’ve aged (ugh, terrible word. must replace.) I’ve come to see both the folly and the wisdom in each of our stances as children. While it’s true that there are some things that just shouldn’t be worn together, there are times that red and pink can actually work (although I’m sure that whatever god-awful combination I had come up with did not fit that category). And while it’s true that ultimately how you feel is what matters, any woman knows that how you look has a huge impact on how you feel. So I’d like to ammend my previous statement on the record to say, “It matters how you look when it impacts how you feel. And I feel fine.”

I’d never say that my sister and I are on the same fashion page, but I do think we’re operating out of the same manual. Dress yourself for yourself. Make an effort. You’re not 15 anymore, be nice to your problem areas.

You know, that kind of stuff.

Realizing that our fashion perspectives are somewhat different, we thought it would be fun to play a little game of mix and match last week. One evening we tore apart my sister’s closet (and OMG does that woman have some clothes. we’re talking double and triple hung items people) and pieced together this collection of 14 things to play with…   From that collection we would each attempt to put together three outfits that we would actually wear in our daily lives. Here is where I feel compelled to share with the world that I have a good 15 pounds on my sister. Dressing from her closet was equal parts hilarious and humbling if for no other reason than that. But that may just be a blog post for another day. For now, let’s just stick with the topic at hand…

We chose each outfit without the other out of the room so as not to unduly influence each of our choices. Accessories and basics (tights, t-shirts, etc.) were allowed to be thrown in the mix. Here we go with Outfit #1…   

I love what my sister chose. Of course I could never wear it because I live in the South and there’s simply no day of the year when it would be acceptable to wear both white tights (after Easter?) with black shoes (before Easter?). Maybe on Easter itself? (Nah, probably not.) So the whole bottom half is out. For my sister though? Fabulous. Loved it.

And I have to say I was pretty darn in love with my first outfit. Probably because everything but the shirt and belt belonged to me. (Hey sister, wanna make me a good deal on a shirt and belt?)

Moving on.

Outfit #2…

I was pretty tickled to see my sister in this outfit because it so closely resembled the one I had chosen for my first outfit. Made me feel pretty darn fashionista! Or fashion-sista! (that was so lame. accept my apology.) I have to give Meghan a shoutout for rocking her high-waisted denim vintage sailor pants. Yep, those babies are actually Navy-issued. She has a few more pairs stock-piled. Hit up her Etsy shop if you need some and you’re like a size negative 6. Apparently sailors in the 70’s didn’t weigh more than a hundred pounds.

As for my outfit, I was digging it. I’ll wear those Clark boots to the ends of the earth, along with my most recent Etsy-purchased necklace of course. The rest of the outfit is just a bonus. A very short, forearm-restricting bonus.

At this point I’d really, really like to gloss over Outfit #3 but I suppose that’s out of the question since I already told  you there would be an Outfit #3. I’ll just warn you, it isn’t pretty. The kiddos had finished their movie by this time and there was much whining and gnashing of teeth. And also, I had run out of ideas. I’m pretty much just a two idea girl. Okay, here you go…

I love what Meghan did with the same dress I had worn in Outfit #2. I should tell you that she bought that dress at the thrift store (big surprise), shortened it, and took in the sleeves at the forearms. She’s a genius. It’s really a super cute dress. Once again she rocked the sandal/tights look. And I know what you’re thinking right now. You’re thinking that I just went back on what I said previously about wearing white tights with black shoes but, in fact, those are not tights. My friends, those are my bare-beauties. Yes, I am as white as I dance. Neither facts are pretty. And neither is this outfit. But at least it’s not a tight-crotched red bird costume. When it comes to my sister and me, things could always be worse. And you just never know what you’re gonna get.

I think I like it that way.

(Check out my sister’s hilarious post here.)

Kelly RichardsApril 20, 2011 - 8:20 pm

Love the post! I can tell you girls have so much fun together! I am about 30 pounds heavier than my sis, so this dress up would never happen! haha. On a separate note… are those the boots that you wore during our shoot on Tuesday? I loved them!

Aunt LuApril 20, 2011 - 8:21 pm

You two make me smile!…thanks 🙂

Kira @ KissingthejoyApril 20, 2011 - 8:33 pm

Oh fun! I think if anyone raided my closet they would be hard pressed to find ANY matching outfits. I need serious help.

Thanks for the fun side-by-side shots, I liked this post 🙂

HeidiApril 21, 2011 - 12:39 am

This post made me giggle!

LoriApril 21, 2011 - 5:31 am

how fun! Your sisters third outfit is my fav, but your first outfit is my 2nd.

Jessica WApril 21, 2011 - 7:06 am

What a fun thing to do! I love your outfits 1 and 2!

KarlyApril 21, 2011 - 8:49 am

This post left me wishing for a sister!

Lorena MoraApril 21, 2011 - 9:40 am

I love this post, so fun. I noticed your sister even changed her hair. My sis and I have similar tastes in clothes and they are pretty much boring dark colors for the most part. I am a total jeans and tennis shoes type of person since I’m always chasing after Tristan.

Oh and Erin my legs are just as white, I am definitely one hispanic person that cannot tan for the life of me. I will turn as red as lobster and just sunburn horribly. My husband teases me when I do wear shorts which is very rare, he will say things like please turn off the lights, or it’s glowing in here or my favorite, why are you wearing white nylons with those shorts, LOL.

MomApril 22, 2011 - 7:13 am

I love my fun and crazy and loving and fashionable daughters! So glad the forced writing of those essays titled “Why I Love My Sister”, when you were in elementary school, have continued into adulthood without the “forced” part!! Best daughters a mom could ask for!

JenniferApril 22, 2011 - 11:42 am

I’m not sure if I should be insulted when I say that I like your outfit #3! And I LOVE that purple sweater of Meg’s!!

metaphaseApril 25, 2011 - 10:03 am

How fun to have a sister to do silly stuff like this with. I have to say, my husand is in his 18 year in the navy, and when we first got married (90’s) he still wore those dungarees as part of his uniform. 🙂

JodiApril 27, 2011 - 7:28 am

I love that you guys STILL play dress up when you are together. Stupid brothers…

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