Meet Chelsea Fairless. She’s one half of the voice behind “fashion’s favourite Instagram” (as dubbed by Vogue), Every Outfit on SATC, she’s the founder of Female Trouble, and a creative director. Oh, and this past October, she and Lauren Garroni published their first book, We Should All Be Mirandas. To say she is “killing it,” would be a massive understatement. We were thrilled to be invited to her LA home, that’s decked out in Beverly Hills Hotel skate decks, and leopard print accents.
How do you start your day off?
I make coffee for my wife and myself. I’m somehow the bitch that is designated to do that everyday. Then, I spend about 20 minutes on my phone trying to wake up. At some point then, I have to get my shit together. I have to get dressed, brush my teeth, all that.
What’s going on in the background when you are getting ready?
I listen to podcasts. I’m that person. I’ll usually do a podcast.
You never leave home without…
I never leave home without, (apart from my phone, wallet and keys, obviously) a lipstick and a pair of sunglasses.
What are your closet essentials?
Kaftans! I have dozens of them. A lot of kaftans, a nice button down shirt, jeans, boots.
What is your biggest fashion regret?
There are so many! As I lived through the early 2000s, my biggest fashion regret is…everything I bought at American Apparel 10 or 15 years ago. I don’t have any of it now. Even though it was supposedly basics, none of it was salvageable.
You always splurge on, and you always save on…
I’ll splurge on a bag or a really nice dress every once in a while. I’m cheap when it comes to basics, like jeans and shirts. I’m a big Uniqlo person. I also buy a lot of vintage. That is a cost cutting measure, as well.
What is one piece of clothing you wish you could steal from your 16 year old self?
I don’t know if I would steal anything. My 16 year old style was pretty dark. It was pre-internet shopping. Growing up in a rural area, I was limited to clothes from the mall. I wore clothes from The Gap basically. So nothing. Truly nothing.
What inspires your style most?
In terms of style icons, I’ve always loved people like Elizabeth Taylor. I like an exuberant, Palm Springs type of look. At this point, I’m very comfort oriented, which is part of the reason why I have so many caftans. To me, it is more luxurious to be comfortable, than to wear a shoe that will hurt me.
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