I have two fashion BFFs: one who tells me that I look great in everything and one who tells me when I don't. Because I wear a lot of vintage and sometimes the pieces I select need to be retailored or otherwise updated to bring them into the moment, I frequently need the services of my, let's say, more analytical fashion bff to tell me how to achieve the most fetching look when I model one of my purchases. 1ofaFind's very own Honey Udarbe is my analytical fashion bff.
This week she told me to: shorten the hem of a jean skirt (c. 1970) from below the knee to above the knee (unless I was rocking 4" Louboutins which Honey encourages me to do ALL the time! But sorry Honey, I'll shorten the hem and sport a cute flat and save on acupuncture bills!); wear a glitzy sequined butterfly top (c. 1980) with raggedy skinny jeans; and to pair a layered, low-waisted voluminous black gypsy skirt (c. 1990) with a tight fitting tank top and flats for an 'everyday' look.
Every time I go into 1ofaFind, or we go shopping together, Honey instructs me on how to improve or pair whatever items I'm considering. It's a fashion Sixth Sense, or as BlackBook Magazine puts it, it's her "JEDI" Vintage Skills. Honey also does this with her customers, who may initially be disappointed to hear, for example, that the classic DVF wrap dress doesn't flatter their shape, but always leave pleased that they weren't encouraged to buy something that didn't suit them or couldn't be altered to do so. Of course after I've inhaled a box of Girl Scout Thin Mints and I can't get all of the buttons of my 501s (c. 1970) fastened, I turn to my other fashion bff for reassurance that the geometric print tunic (c. 1960s) that conveniently hides my butt looks good!
Lara Tabac is an anthropologist who has written for many publications including Elle, Slate.com, Discovery Magazine, The South China Morning Post and Edible Hudson.