Thursday, October 17, 2013

Fashion Icon Maven Personal Profile (FIMPP): Stephanie Mitchell

Now that I'm a fashion blogger, I realized I have to start talking about clothes ... and today I wore a t-shirt of questionable origins and a striped knit skirt Nathan calls my "clown skirt"--I got both items secondhand (and not in a fun vintage way ... more like in a "hey I don't want this crappy skirt anymore" "ok, I'll take it because it looks comfy and I can sew that little hole in the thigh" way) This look obviously can't be showcased today, at least not without some killer accessorizing ... but right now my only accessory is a scab on my chin.

Even though I am not bloggable today, I have someone who is!

That's right, it's time for the very first Fashion Icon Maven Personal Profile!!! FIMPP!! (rhymes with pimp, but without the dirty social connotations)

I'll be highlighting some of my best-dressed friends in this ongoing series.

Presenting FIMPP #1: Stephanie Mitchell

Stephanie is one of my BFFsince-the-preexistenceFFs. We lived down the street from each other in middle school and high school, and we were roomies in college ... basically this proximity, our shared clothing size, and her impeccable taste meant I was always borrowing her clothes.

From her "mugger in velvet" photo spread (Halloween '06)
I asked Stephanie to give us some insight into her personal style, and I also gave her the challenge of styling a few looks to help us grasp her fashion spirit. Here she is:

What inspires your clothing choices?

I draw most of my inspiration from the world around me! When I see an entire glass of milk that's been spilled on my kitchen floor before 8 am, I usually feel inspired to stay in sweats that day. If it's 5:00 pm and my husband will be home in half an hour, I try to channel a sort of old-t-shirt-wearing, Kim-Kardashian-but-with-no-make-up-or-drama-to-speak-of look. I think I've almost nailed it!
If you could describe your style in three words ... ?
1. Clothes
2. are
3. necessary
This does not apply to children 3 and under, although I do sometimes count a diaper as clothing (for the children, not me).

How has your style evolved as a mother?

As a mother, it's easy to just let your personal style go, in favor of other things like sleeping, or staying sane. But I've learned that you don't have to choose between style and sanity! I will say that one of my strengths is planning coordinated outfits for myself and my children. The best way to do this is for everyone to wear their pajamas all day long. In the summer, you can also do this with swimsuits.
What is your clothes-purchasing philosophy?
There are several approaches to clothes shopping, but the one I'm going to highlight is called "wearing the same things you wore in high school 10 years ago." I don't mean the same style, I mean the very same articles of clothing. I can recommend this because it's the only one I consistently do. Take this shirt I received in 2003:

2006: Quite possibly the best look I've put together with this piece
2008: It's colorfast like you wouldn't believe
2013: The shirt today. Funny, it's seemed to shrink in recent years...
Bonus picture: 
Kim, love your take on this timeless classic. You've created something that really speaks to what this top is all about.
I like to think of my style as constantly evolving, though. My dream is to someday dress as a real adult who wears accessories and stuff like that. Every BYU t-shirt that turns into cleaning rags is a step closer.

Stephanie, thank you so much for sharing a piece of your cotton-knit world with us!  And I love what you put together with that vintage tee. So much versatility with a piece like that--I think you nailed it.

Thanks to our first FIMPP, Stephanie Mitchell!


  1. Oh, the hilarity of it all! I want to see the Woodson '81 collection, for sure!

  2. Thanks for the opportunity Kim! P.S. You wore a skirt?? On a weekday?? "Clown skirt" or no (my husband's nicknames for my stuff are always questionably accurate, at best, so I wouldn't worry too much about it), a skirt is impressive! Any time I wear a skirt, my whole family assumes it's Sunday.


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