A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about some very awesome ladies who are doing interesting things in fashion bloggery. Not long after, my very lovely, stylish and talented friend Martha tipped me off to one of her favorite sartorial sites – Kansas Couture – and now that I have been introduced, it is a favorite of mine as well.
There are many things that I love about Katy Seibel’s blog – her posts are well-written (not a surprise, she holds a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Kansas and is employed as a copywriter) the photographs are well-shot and straightforward (Katy addresses the camera directly – a refreshing thing, particularly when you see so many photos of gals who hide behind their hair or sunglasses in their fashion blogs) and her sense of style is just my speed.
Katy has a great eye for color, texture and proportion – often mixing vintage pieces with contemporary trends with lovely results. I particularly like that her wardrobe consists primarily of second-hand, thrift store and sale items – it’s inspiring to see someone look so eclectic and elegant on a budget which closely resembles my own. I firmly believe that some of the most compelling, interesting and beautiful art (and I use the word ‘art’ here to include all artistic endeavors) is spawned when people are faced with boundaries and limitations. Working with a low budget kind of forces you to make creative choices and be really resourceful with what you do have and the same reasoning can be applied to the act of dressing up – I’m far more impressed when someone looks really well-heeled and badass in spite of not having $1,000.00 – or even $100.00 – to blow on a pair of boots. Katy proves on a daily basis that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on clothes to look awesome.