Saturday, February 26, 2011


We Good Girls at Thread Ethic love throwing somewhat-dressy and casual pieces together for a look that's not easy to define. In addition, all the pieces in this ensemble are things we've had in our closets for a while but decided to re-mix for a fresh and current feel. The base for this look is a Forever 21 skirt that is easy to dress up or down. Here, we decided to dress it down with a sporty jacket we've had for literally years (I really can hardly remember a time when we didn't have this jacket around...). The blouse is a thrift store find, the shades are from Wal-Mart, and the bag is Urban Outfitters. Sometimes it really is kind of fun to just shop from your own closet.

Friday, February 25, 2011


This girl is perfectly on trend and working some of the most current fashions for cold weather. Her long overcoat is great, but the fur collar really makes it special and highlights the fur movement going on right now. Fabulous, long luxurious scarves are always beautiful and the hat is very au courant. The boots are very cool - bright and somehow a wee bit western, which gives them an indie edge. All the elements combine for a look rich in texture and interest. Not sure if you can rock all of these elements at once? Try incorporating just one or two strong pieces into your wardrobe and you'll still give off that cool, confident vibe.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


I am already looking forward to warmer weather and cannot wait to start wearing bright colors. The bright color clothing trend is strong for Spring 2011 - everything from neons to bright coral, red, yellow, emerald and vibrant blues. Normally, I'm quite paranoid about wearing bright clothing. Maybe I lived in New York City for too long, or have seen too many fashion mistakes made with bright colors (think of any number of pop stars who might fall into this unfortunate category...) but I've usually been timid with color. This spring I'm facing my fears and am wearing red jeans. I know, it's not officially spring yet but I had to look ahead just a little bit. I've also recently purchased an emerald silk blouse I'm super excited about and have a royal blue button-down ready in the arsenal. Here we've shown Fire jeans from Nordstrom, a Banana Republic trench, and scarf from Forever 21. Keep in mind, when working the bright color trend, focus on one bold color per look or you could run into overload territory. Other than that, just enjoy breaking out of winter dullness with all the bright color around.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


The Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2011 collection was a total favorite of ours. We loved the vibrant, earthy colors and especially adored the gorgeous, full, mid-calf length skirts. These skirts are so pretty and so wearable. Modest girls everywhere can be on the cutting edge this Spring with a mid-calf length skirt. This look also seems to be a fashion trend with some staying power. We've noticed many stylish Fall 2011 Fashion week attendees wearing this newest, and hottest, skirt length.

Monday, February 14, 2011


I have to say, I haven't seen ear muffs in a really long time. If someone, offhand, had tried to convince me of the virtues of the furry accessory, before I saw this girl, I would probably have been skeptical. But then here she is, working the ear muffs like it's the chic-est thing in the world and my mind has been changed. I also really love her ultra thick and lush tube scarf.

Saturday, February 12, 2011


Fur is definitely having a moment right now, but if you feel uncomfortable wearing fur coats or boots then maybe a fur hat is the way to go. Most of this look here is relatively simple - black leggings and boots, tunic and wool coat - but the Russian fur hat styles the whole ensemble up a notch.

Friday, February 11, 2011


A drape-y little sweater and some gold jewelry can take a baggy T-shirt a long way. This perfect baggy T is from Roxy. I love different shades of pale neutrals paired together into a hazy mix. With the muted palate the gold jewelry definitely stands out but is totally appropriate for daytime, whereas if the gold was paired with black it would scream evening. The quartz and gold necklace shown here was actually mined in the Kennecott Copper mine in Utah and is sold in the gift shop there. The sunburst necklace is Forever 21.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


I am channeling my inner True Grit with this look. I recently saw the film, True Grit, and was so inspired by the clothes and hair Hailee Seinfeld sported on screen that I had to recreate elements of her look up here at Sundance. Hailee wore a long wool overcoat, cinched in at the waist with a thick leather belt, hat, braids and boots. OK, so my version is slightly more urban, but I still like to think there is a bit of Old West fashion in there.

Monday, February 7, 2011


We think the actress Lindsey Pulsipher looks so cute here. Everything she's wearing gives a sporty chic vibe - the mittens, stripe shirt, green puffy coat, scarf, cross-body bag, knit hat and vintage lace-up booties all combine for a fun outdoor look. I'm always looking for ways to inject more life into winter outerwear and she definitely hit a cool note in Sundance fashion. I really like how she finished the look with red lips. I think I'll do the same with my next sporty outfit..

Friday, February 4, 2011


Layering up is key for an interesting winter look. Layering can add color, dimension and texture - all, or most, of which is usually missing in the bundled up depths of January and February. The art of layering is a skill every Modest Girl should take up, as it will take her wardrobe from seemingly limited to limitless. At the Sundance Film Festival this year we wanted to take winter fashion up a notch. Here we have one of our favorite vintage finds - a fur trimmed cape from the 1960's. We decided to layer it up, and dress it down a bit, with a heavy sweater from Urban Outfitters, a nautical cotton top from H&M, boots, from a German shop in Hamburg, and plaid scarf, from a Chinese flea market in Beijing. All the pieces combine for warmth and Sundance style.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


We had to share with you our favorite dress from the Screen Actors Guild Awards. This is January Jones (from the series Mad Men) wearing Carolina Herrera. So perfect with all the lace, sleeves and gorgeous, retro, sculptured hair. January caused a bit of fashion controversy when she wore a very revealing Versace dress to the Golden Globes a couple weeks ago. It appears she decided to take a more demure approach to dressing for the SAG Awards, and we couldn't be more pleased. Cheers!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


We love how this stylish girl layered up her leather jacket with a lux, large shawl-collared sweater and beautifully textured scarf. Notice how the light colored accessories look lovely with the neutral palate. This Sundance girl makes all the layering look comfortable and effortless. And can we just say, both of us here at Thread Ethic wanted her rockin' Ray-Ban shades the moment we saw them. With a little searching we found that Wal-Mart carries a pair of sunglasses that are very cool, and very similar, to those shown here. I think I may run out and get the Wal-Mart pair while I think about investing in the legit pair...