Who or what inspires your style? Many of us use actresses (like Lisa Bonet) or movie characters (like Lux Lisbon) as style inspiration, even though, most of the time, they are being dressed from head to toe by the best stylists.
Which we don’t have.
And sometimes it’s damn near impossible to work their Hollywood looks into our not-so-Hollywood lives. I’ve made it my mission to tap into the mind of a fashion stylist and show you how to take your style inspiration – whatever it may be – and make it more you!
At one point in my life, there was a time when I did think Sarah Silverman was absolutely high-larious on her show, The Sarah Silverman Program. Unfortunately, those days have long since passed, but I’m still left with something about her that I admire.
Besides her ability to nonchalantly rock a mustache at a super-formal event, surprisingly, it’s also her style.
Just to be clear, though: it’s not Sarah’s red carpet looks that I covet. While she has been known to work corsets, ball gowns and sexy frocks to big-time events, that side of Sarah’s style doesn’t interest me because, 1) she often makes major fashion mistakes and 2) she looks so…not Sarah (and really, painfully uncomfortable).
The Sarah Silverman style I love is her everyday, low key, totally casual, I don’t give a sh*t, look. On a normal day Sarah doesn’t do much to make herself look like anything special. Her typical uniformed style is a track jacket, jeans, Converse and her hair in a ponytail. Ravishing? Ehhh, maybe not to some; lord knows Joan Rivers wouldn’t have nice things to say about it. But I think that style is Sarah and it sets her apart, in a good way. Most celebrities in movies or on TV have to constantly make sure they look perfect, almost like the audience should strive to look like them. But Sarah, on the other hand, would rather just be real and look like the audience themselves.
Sarah’s style is not typically what someone who has any interest in fashion would take to be iconic, but for some reason I do. It’s goofy and casual. It’s worn by mostly everyone, but she still totally Sarah. And it’s easy to incorporate into your style because the goal is not only to not try too hard, but to not try at all.
And, if you think about it, while she’s not draping herself from head to toe in the latest trends or looking to Rachel Zoe for style assistance, Sarah does posess a lil’ somethin’ somethin’ that other fashion icons also have: that magical ability to not give a rat’s ass how people think of her. If you rock that confidence, you can go far with your style, whatever it may be, and probably even make wearing Tamagotchi’s on your belt loops look cool again.
This t-shirt and jeans combination is probably worn by everyone in our generation, so add some sass to it. Tight skinny jeans and a distressed/well-fitting, funny t-shirt add the casual and goofy staples to the outfit without looking sloppy. The track jacket is one of Sarah’s famous “pieces,” so add one to your outfit in an eye-catching color that will brighten up the look a little bit more. (If track jackets don’t do it for you, go for a bright colored casual cardigan instead. The look is a little bit less Sarah that way, but you still get the essence of casual cool she exudes.)
Throw on the mustache ring to add some novelty and silliness and classic Converse sneakers, which go perfectly with the entire look (I love them paired with skinny jeans) and seem to be Sarah’s favorite shoes.
And there you go. Done and done. Just don’t start talking about still being a bedwetter or your bowel movements and you can look like Sarah without being as…open…as Sarah.