alice’s outfit photos

Every day we take outfit photos in our office. Usually we model new clothing ourselves, but we like to have other models come in too so we can show lots of different body types and styles in our clothing. We invite friends to come over, ask them to choose their favorite pieces, and create their own outfits with our inventory. It’s a little bit like contracting a stylist, but we’d rather show how normal everyday women would wear our clothes rather than an expert. Most recently our friend Aubrey Savage, a local drag performer, came in to model some of her favorite dresses–we’ll be posting those photos on Twitter and Instagram over the next week while we’re in Vegas for our next market trip.

Sarah in a size 0/2 dress, me in a size 4/6. I’m 5’0 and she’s 5’8. Alice in her favorite stripes.

Alice also loves to pose for outfit photos. She pretty much gets how it works at this point. Stand, pose, cheese endlessly.

Working in the fashion and style industry, I try (but sometimes fail) to be very aware of the unrealistic pressures and expectations Big Beauty creates. To develop a career I love while being conscious of the conversation about beauty standards, I think it’s important to question and approach the question of “what’s normal” from lots of different angles. Including “everyday women,” women of color, trans- and non-cis-gendered women has helped open my eyes a lot to the relationships we have with our bodies. For my part, trying to just be aware of the materialism of this industry, modeling diversity and not taking ourselves too seriously in a business that can be so pretentious is one of the most important things to me as I raise my daughter. Watching Alice dress herself every day and seeing what she decides is one of the best parts of my day, and I hope she will always feel as confident about her choices as she did today when she picked out a dinosaur t-shirt, sweater pants, and a pair of rain boots.

xx
meg

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  • Emma Erickson

    I like how they did the bust seam (eliminating the dart) in that orange sheath dress. Nice ladies. I love seeing clothing on real people.

    • http://about.me/meganhunt Megan Hunt

      thanks emma! if you ever wanna come model we’d love to have you! I LOVE the seam on that too–it’s really flattering.

  • kiki

    I’m not sure what’s better – the polka-dot dress photobomb, or those teal shoes *swoon*.

    • http://about.me/meganhunt Megan Hunt

      those are sarah’s size 8s on my size 6 feet lul

  • http://twitter.com/twittysuch Hey Asia!

    “including “everyday women,” women of color, trans- and non-cis-gendered women ”

    Music to my ears <3

    • http://about.me/meganhunt Megan Hunt

      aw thanks. I mess up a lot but I’m tryin.

Letter to Alice no. 32

As I look back over the letters I’ve written you in the past, I feel like there’s a theme of reassurance, joy, and calm in the gifts you give me as your mother. You seem to always make my life easier exactly when I need it most. My heart is always yours, and it will always be yours, in every world, in every life, in every drawing you make, in every dream you have.

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Progress report: A muted jewel tone bouquet

I've got the thread pile and pincushions back out on my lap and I've got a bazillion movies queued up on Netflix, and that can only mean one thing--I'm back in the saddle doing some more bridal bouquets! Here are some flowers I finished tonight that shows the first phase finished. Next come the buttons, choosing the perfect color and shape for each flower to compliment the bride's vision for the color and tone of the bouquet. After that, each flower gets stemmed and arranged, and then I start working on filler flowers and leaves which are added last. The colors used in these flowers might seem kind of all-over-the-place, but once the buttons are added and they're arranged together, it will look very cohesive.

New for March: My favorites!

It's that time of year when we're starting to get a lot of new things into the shop, but this season is even more exciting to me because so many of our designers are brand new to us as well. I'm noticing a theme throughout my favorite picks--lots of words and messages. I generally think it's good to let your clothes speak for themselves, that they don't need to speak for you, but a playful message here and there (especially one of our enamel lapel pins on a conservative business suit?) can be memorable in a good way.

sent from the phone of megan hunt

1. A skull and crossbones drawn by Alice. "It means 'Pirate.'" 2. Before dinner with Rebecca Forsyth at Gordon Ramsay Steak in Las Vegas, my favorite restaurant ever. Maybe we'd had a few by that point. I think Rebecca looks so gorgeous here! A true living doll.
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