Everyone in this town loves Oakland Cemetery. It’s legendary. It sits at the heart of the city, and its original six acres are one of the oldest plots of land in Atlanta, having been spared destruction by Sherman’s fires in 1864. It makes sense that we’d do a cemetery post the last week of Halloween, but in actuality, Oakland is deeply unspooky. It’s peaceful and beautiful, and on the day of our shoot, the weather was perfect, too. We might have actually been a little Too Goth for the locale. Still, getting dressed up and taking pictures in one of our city’s most beloved spots was a great way to spend an October afternoon – and maybe ghosts like a kimono and a visible bra as much as we do.
What are you wearing?
LC: This might be the least surprising thing I’ll ever say, but almost everything I’m wearing here is from ASOS, the exceptions being the standout piece – the kimono jacket, which is from a UK-based Etsy shop called Velvetcocos – and the boots. I don’t remember exactly where they came from, but they are Dolce Vita, which is sold in lots of different places.
TFO: The jeans are from ASOS, the shirt is from Urban Outfitters and still available (also, I’m sad to report that later on this day I splattered chicken wing grease all over it and ruined it forever), the boots are from Shoedazzle, and the bra is a mystery. The scissor necklace is by Ornamental Things, an Austin-based designer that I love.
How would you describe this look?
LC: Like a grungy 90’s teenager with a cool older sister who’s really into Stevie Nicks and tarot readings and who occasionally lets her younger sister borrow her clothes.
TFO: Witch going through a club phase? Weird neighbor who has a thousand cats?
What is the oldest part of this ensemble? The newest?
LC: The kimono jacket is the oldest by far, and thanks to my Etsy transaction history, I know the exact date that it was purchased: November 7, 2014. I bought it to wear to a New Year’s Eve party that I was going to in Chicago. I ended up wearing something a little bit more streamlined but equally as velvet. The sunglasses are the newest. I bought them about a month ago to replace a pair that I later found at the bottom of one of my purses.
TFO: I think the oldest is the necklace, which I bought at Le Garage Sale in Austin several years ago. The newest is the shirt, which makes the aforementioned chicken grease disaster all the more upsetting. RIP, tank top. We hardly knew ye.
What’s your favorite thing about your outfit?
LC: There are elements of this outfit that are sort of at odds with each other. The crop top and shorts + tights don’t really “go” with the kimono – rather, they look like they might be seen separately on two completely different people – but that’s precisely why I’m so attracted to the idea of putting them together. I like for there to be some sort of contrast in the things that I wear, because I don’t feel like there’s one particular style that’s completely representative of who I am or what I want to put out there.