Gone are the days of victory rolls and cat-eye sunglasses… Or are they? Rebecca, 27, of The Clothes Horse blog begs to differ. Her style is a fun mix of vintage clothing and novelty items which she shares with the world. When we came across her blog we just had to get to know the girl behind the red hair.
Lola Who: Where do you draw inspiration for your outfits?
Rebecca: From all over—I get ideas from fashion editorials, I follow runway collections, and the trends you see each season start to rub off on me after a while. I never thought I’d like 70s style but between so many collections channeling it for Fall/Winter 2015 and Mad Men; I’m really starting to like it!
Lola Who: What is your favourite place to shop? Do you buy all your clothes new or do you browse vintage shops on occasion?
Rebecca: I love vintage shops—one of my favorite pastimes is going to antique malls with my family. There’s a couple of places near me in Pennsylvania where the road is lined with antique malls—you just drive down the road and can visit ten back-to-back, your eyes get tired of looking at all the crowded shelves. For new pieces, I do most of my shopping online. I like the variety at ASOS, the curated style of Modcloth, and find great pieces at Hello Holiday and Shop Ruche.
Lola Who: Do you have any fashion role models?
Rebecca: I have many—a lot of bloggers, back from before I started blogging in 2007, are still a huge influence on me, even if I only have their archives to browse now! I’ve always liked vintage films and film stars—Bardot, Ginger Rogers, etc—but it was bloggers who really bridged that gap for me between fashion fantasy and reality. I didn’t know anyone who dressed like Bardot or followed the trends or owned the brands I read about in Teen Vogue, so I enjoyed all these fashion influences but felt it wasn’t for real life and wasn’t for me.It wasn’t until I found blogs thatI realized normal girls, with jobs outside of the fashion industry, were wearing vintage and awesome outfits on a daily basis.
Lola Who: How do you prepare for your fashion shoots?
Rebecca: There’s not really a lot of “prep” other than the usual getting dressed and checking what the weather is! I do like my pictures to be good, but I post five outfits a week so it’s not a big production each time. I know I could get a higher quality of photograph if I took pictures less often and wear more theatrical clothes just for the sake of an “editorial-level photograph,” but I’m trying to walk a line between good photographs and real life outfits. I do carefully choose locations to be scenic, but I don’t live in a big city, so finding a little green space or quiet corner for a photograph doesn’t require a lot of legwork. Even things that look more elaborate are low-key.
On your blog, you say that you are based between Pennsylvania and Northern Ireland, where are you currently living?
Rebecca: As of this interview I live in Northern Ireland! For the past year, I’ve been engaged to a man from Northern Ireland and dividing my time between my home in Pennsylvania, his home in Northern Ireland, and my parent’s house in Virginia. Of course, I’ve only lived in Pennsylvania for around three years now and have blogged from Washington State, Virginia, and Greece. I grew up moving every few years so where I’m “from” is always a difficult question, and for the past year where I “live” has been tricky too! I’m so excited to unpack and finish fixing up the small gatehouse we’ll be living in.
Lola Who: What do you believe are your staple pieces?
Rebecca: I think the pieces that I own the most versions of and wear the most are probably trench coats, ballet flats, and novelty purses. I love a good trench coat and have several in various colors, and as much as I love heels, I spend much more of my time in ballet flats. Lately, I’m on a novelty purse kick, so even when my outfit is more simple I’m carrying around a purse shaped like a peach or one that works as a radio.
Lola Who: What music are you listening to right now?
Rebecca: I’ve been listening to a lot of “creepy” themed playlists on 8tracks lately. 8tracks reminds me of getting mix CDs from friends because the playlists have a nice flow and I find a lot of new artists. “Full Circle” by Half Moon Run is a new song that I really like.
Lola Who: If you could go anywhere in the world, to shop or explore, where would you go and why?
Rebecca: Oh goodness, there are so many places I’d love to go! I’d love to go back to Japan. Shopping there would be fantastic! I studied Japanese for a bit, so it would be fun to dust off my language skills and there are so many dishes I’d love to eat again—Sapporo soft serve and okanomiyaki! And since I’m just a hop away now, I’d like to see Scotland and hear some of those infamous accents. I have an insatiable desire to travel though, I can hardly think of somewhere I wouldn’t like to go.