Remember When It Used To Be Warm?

Worn to WORN: Jenna Wornette dressed somewhere between "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" and "Bewitched"

What inspired this outfit?
I was going for loungy, light and dream-like. It was really hot out that day, so I wanted to be comfortable, but still fashionable and a little eccentric. Most of my clothes are second hand – looking like they were made somewhere between the ’60s, and the ’80s. I like the colours, prints and the attitudes associated with those times.

Tell me about one of the items you are wearing.
My dress is from the Salvation Army across the street from the old WORN office. It was under $10, which automatically makes it a great item. I love the quilted panel and the slight point in the seams of the chest – darted busts intrigue me. The colours are amazing and the print is genius – it’s the wings of butterflies.

What is the best book to read in this outfit?
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe. This is a dress to take drugs in, if I’ve ever seen one.

What style icon would wear this outfit?
Endora, Samantha’s mother on Bewitched. It has the retro housedress vibe to it, and my recently dyed black hair has a witchy feel to it.

outfit credits // Dress, earrings and bracelet are thrifted from the Salvation Army, shoes by Betsy Johnson.

photography // Hailey Siracky

Share What You Wear, Wear What You Love: An Inside Look at Wardrobe Remix

Wardrobe Remix is an enormously popular street fashion community in which members share photos of their daily outfits. Established by Tricia Royal (whose own website and wardrobe remix set on flickr are full of inspiration) in 2005, the idea was to create a positive community where fashion-minded people could share their style. Royal believes, “the best stylists walk the streets,” and a look through the archives of Wardrobe Remix will show you exactly that.

Remixers are a constant inspiration, both a resource to find new ideas and a place to share fashion forwardness dreamed up in your bedroom. It’s a way to be a part of a unique fashion community, even if you live in the middle of nowhere.

Ren, 23 — Singapore (renr)

How has being a part of Wardrobe Remix helped your style grow? Has your outlook on fashion changed since becoming a part of the community?
Style-wise, I’m more conscious about mixing pieces and expanding what I have instead of going back to the comfort zone of tops-&-jeans. The vibrant atmosphere at Wardrobe Remix has opened my eyes to options like mixing colours and patterns or of wearing pieces as they’re not meant to be worn.

What are some things you consider when taking your photos? What do you think makes a good Wardrobe Remix photo?
I like to take my photos against coloured walls, usually aiming to complement the outfit. I think the charisma of the person is key in making a good photo. If a person’s outfit is a garbage bag, but she looks like she’s rocking it, I’d say, “Cool!”

What is your favourite thing about being a part of Wardrobe Remix?
Hands-down, the wonderful people who are part of it!

See Ren’s Wardrobe Remix photoset here

Isabelle, 28 – Montreal (lebonbonmulticolore on flickr)

How long have you been a part of Wardrobe Remix? What made you want to start participating in such community?
I joined in 2006. I was invited by the WR founder Tricia Royal. I was posting in my live journal at the time and she suggested it to me. I was hooked right away!

How has being a part of Wardrobe Remix helped your style grow? Has your outlook on fashion changed since becoming a part of the community?
I guess it’s kind of like a mirror. It’s great to have an archive of my style from the last 3 years. It made me think of different ways of experimenting with my wardrobe and I was inspired by a lot of the other remixers.

See Isabel’s Wardrobe Remix photoset here

Emily, 40 — Toronto (loveaslug on flickr)


How long have you been a part of Wardrobe Remix? What made you want to start participating in the community?
I have been a member for just over a year. I loved that on Wardrobe Remix there were people of all sizes, shapes, ages and genders. I just turned 40 and there are not a lot of fashion magazines out there that reflect my age, my outlook or my interests. Wardrobe Remix was just so much fun!

How has being a part of Wardrobe Remix helped your style grow? Has your outlook on fashion changed since becoming a part of the community?
Yes! I am less concerned with rules and with “age appropriate” or “size appropriate” dressing than I used to be. I am also having a lot more fun thrifting since I stopped taking it all so seriously. I make mistakes all the time and I am starting to think that the “mistakes” are more interesting than following the rules. I am a big proponent of loving the body that you have right now – and Wardrobe Remix has given me a huge boost of confidence in that area.

What is your favourite thing about being a part of Wardrobe Remix?
The community. I have made the most amazing friends from all over the world. I have always loved vintage clothing, old fabrics, hats and playing dress up. On Wardrobe Remix I found an international community of people I might never have otherwise met, all into the same things. W_R became so much more than just a fashion journal for me.

See Emily’s Wardrobe Remix photoset here

Crushing on liebemarlene

interview by Kate Schweishelm
Rhiannon Leifheit is the owner of liebemarlene, an online vintage shop she runs out of her home near Atlanta. In less than three years, the store – named after one of Rhiannon’s favourite movie stars, Marlene Dietrich – has become one of the most popular destinations on eBay for fashionable vintage. The store’s companion blog, liebemarlene.blogspot.com, has also cultivated its own set of fans, who flock to the site for its impeccable photo sets and Rhiannon’s charming and self-deprecating posts. Here, Rhiannon talks to WORN about the world of buying and selling vintage online.

You often talk about how you weren’t really interested in fashion growing up – what turned you around?
All during high school I was a complete bookworm and was actually against fashion! I just didn’t get it. I think that old movies turned me around… at the time I was into all the Audrey Hepburn films and movies from the 50s, so it was only natural for me to get into vintage fashion.

How did you get your start selling online? A lot of vintage sellers seem to get into it because they are already addicted to the vintage hunt anyway – was this the case for you?
Definitely – I found that I was going to thrift stores so often that I was finding lots more vintage than I needed, and sometimes was finding things that weren’t necessarily my size or style, but that were so pretty that it was hard to leave them behind. So I slowly started to sell on Etsy, and then moved on to eBay.

Not that long ago you moved to the South from the Midwest. I hear that the South is a great place to find vintage – have you found that to be true? Did your shop influence your decision to move there?
Well, I knew I wanted to move away from the Midwest, and I figured that the South would be one of the better areas in the States for finding vintage. So far, it’s been great. I found some great things when I lived in rural Illinois, but I’ve probably had better luck in the South, especially since I’ve moved to the Atlanta area, which is just filled with huge thrift stores and some really good estate sales.


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