Do you ever wake up in the morning, look in your closet, and feel like you have nothing to wear? Me too. So today I sat down with singer-songwriter, “One Tree Hill” alum, and fierce fashionista (yes, I just used the word “fierce” non-ironically) Kate Voegele to get the low-down on her amazing personal style how to get inspired.
Oh, and did I mention she has a Style Profile?
1) Who are your fashion icons?
KV: Helena Bonham Carter has to be one of my biggest fashion icons. No one rocks a Vivienne Westwood dress quite like she does, and she’s definitely not afraid to take risks. There’s just something so elegantly whimsical about her fashion choices. I also adore Audrey Hepburn’s timeless class, the way Miroslava Duma plays with color, and Cory Kennedy’s ultimate embodiment of indie rocker chic.
2) How has your personal style changed over the years?
KV: I grew up in a little suburb in Ohio, so needless to say everyone around me was decked out in Abercrombie galore growing up. I always liked to be different and stand out, and when I was in high school I’d buy all my clothes in New York when I took trips out there to play gigs. I loved that nobody had the vintage finds and cool up-and-coming young designer pieces I could get there. I think as I grew up and started to travel a lot for my music, that really dictated the evolution of my style. It started with New York, and then I spent some time on the West Coast, then Paris and London and Rome…I think it all ended up swirling into one and landing me in a sort of boho ballerina meets vintage rock chic realm. (I love this!)
3) What advice do you have for those days when you feel like you have nothing to wear?
KV: This happens to all of us far too often doesn’t it? For me on those days, if I’m in a big hurry, I have my go-to outfits that I know will work and are staple combinations. If I have more time on my hands, I love to get inspiration from fashion blogs to find looks that I can create with similar pieces in my own closet. Sometimes it ends up reminding me of things I forgot that I have! Looking to other stylish people for inspiration can help me completely repurpose a skirt or see a top in a totally new context.
4) What’s the biggest fashion faux pas you’ve ever made?
KV: There are far too many to count when you perform music onstage for a living. As artists, we tend to think that gives us a ‘get out of jail free’ card, but looking back on photos of early gigs I’m ashamed to say it does not! My worst phase was when I first started playing live and would over-accerssorize like nobody’s business, and not in a good way. I’d put on a red costume jewelry big beaded necklace… with matching red earrings, matching red belt, matching red bracelet, matching red shoes… not OK.
5) What’s your favorite item in your closet and why?
KV: My favorite item in my closet is a vintage Chanel scarf my mom bought me for my 22nd birthday. I don’t get to wear it often because it’s so bright and colorful and really speaks for itself, but it’s a beautiful design with big, bold primary colors, and I absolutely love it. When I do wear it, I feel so vibrant but very elegant at the same time.
Thanks so much for the style advice, Kate! To follow Kate’s style, check out her Style Profileand make sure you add items to your closet for a chance to win a personal styling session with Kate and a $250 gift card!!