Wore Out’s Look of the Week

by Caitlin on September 9, 2011

Is it just me or does it feel like Labor Day was months ago? We spent the weekend in a field, ate too much at the fair, I tried a new color combo, wore jeans that felt like suede and agonized over hippos.

I’m so excited to introduce you to a Burlingtonian whose edgy, chic, carnival inspired look sold me on suspenders. Wore Out’s look of the week is…

Noelle from the Lund Family Center!Tank: Goodwill, Shorts (originally pants, DIY hemmed): Goodwill , Suspenders: via her Mom, Boots: Famous FootwearI was immediately drawn to the simplicity and structure of Noelle’s outfit. A teacher in the Lund Family Center’s Early Childcare Center, Noelle says that while fashion is important to her her style is “constantly changing” but always functional. “I ride my bike everywhere so I have to be able to move comfortably,” notes Noelle.

Everything from the lace up boots to her mustard colored back pack fits together to create a unique look very true to her spirit. Inspired by Carnivàle, “an HBO show canceled too early,” Noelle’s  look was inspired by one of the show’s characters, “there was a tarot card reader with a slightly androgynous vibe that resonated with me. Dark, dusty, very sepia.”I met Noelle during a fitting for the upcoming STRUT fashion show, a highlight of the South End Art Hop held in Burlington each year. STRUT offers more than 20 local and independent designers the chance to showcase their creative talents and flair for fashion. Noelle will be strutting her stuff in designs created by Lund Family Center coworkers Sarah and Angela.

In 2008/2009 the Lund Family Center’s teen pregnancy prevention outreach reach over 1,500 students in more than 40 schools and community centers. This year Lund is taking their outreach to the runway, creating a line of accessories and ready to wear looks using condoms. I was privileged to be invited to one of the final fittings and I was blown away by the collection’s quality and wearablility.

I had a chance to sit down with the amazing women behind Lund’s collection and was able to take a ton of behind the scenes photos that I can’t wait to share with you… but only after the looks are debuted on the runway so stay tuned!

STRUT is being held tomorrow, Saturday, September 10 with shows starting at 6:30 & 8:30pm behind the Maltex building (431 Pine Street) in Burlington, Vt. For more information please visit their website.

Are you heading to STRUT this weekend? Would you wear acessories made out of condoms?

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

carolyn September 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I’ll be at Strut wearing something made out of Seven Days paper! let’s meet up??


Wore Out September 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm

sounds great Carolyn! Let’s plan on grabbing a drink after or something!


Cat Cutillo September 9, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Love it, Caitlin!!! Thanks so much for sharing!


Jamie Rose September 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm

That outfit is so awesome with the suspenders and cool boots!


Wore Out September 9, 2011 at 4:47 pm

I love her boots too Jamie! I have a total style crush on those suspenders, but I’m not sure if I can pull them off like Noelle did.


Michael B King BA, BSW, QDDP October 1, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I appreciated the subtl “Alpine-esqe” undertone which seems fittingly proper in this northern Climate. She’s adorable. (sorry for the SP.)


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