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A Week of Outfits: Valerie Metz


A Week of Outfits: Valerie Metz

There are a handful of individuals on Instagram I routinely flip to for outfit inspiration, and Costa-Mesa-based photographer Valerie Metz is one in every of them. Every of her outfits options heat, inviting colours and pays homage to her Latina roots. “Currently, I’ve been actually into 90’s Chicana type with the saggy denims, the tanks, the Nikes,” she says. “I really like taking a look at previous images of the Chicana tradition.” Listed below are 5 appears to be like she wore in per week…

A Week of Outfits: Valerie Metz

Gown: Lisa Says Gah, comparable. Footwear: Lisa Says Gah. Little one’s gown: Zara, comparable. Little one’s sweater: Zara, comparable. Footwear: Classic, comparable.

“Years in the past, across the time I first grew to become a mother, everybody round me appeared to be carrying the development of impartial linens and extensive brimmed hats. I attempted to decorate that means and didn’t really feel like myself in any respect. Then I began taking a look at my very own mother’s wardrobe and images of her as a youthful mother with my sister and me as toddlers. Her type was so cool; she rocked the high-waisted saggy denims. And he or she’s nonetheless actually fashionable. She’s 56 and wears Free Individuals and ’70s-style overalls. Seeing her keep on with what she likes over time has helped me embrace carrying garments that really feel pure to me, as a substitute of what’s trending.”

A Week of Outfits: Valerie Metz

Shirt: City Outfitters, comparable. Skirt: Depop. Footwear: Steve Madden. Little one’s romper: All Small, comparable. Little one’s sneakers: Crocs.

“4 years in the past, I obtained into the psychology of coloration. Colours have completely different meanings and have an effect on your vitality, so I need to put on colours that mission my aura — inclusive and welcoming. I put on lots of yellow and orange, which radiate heat. It’s cool to see how my colours are altering. Earlier than, I assumed pink was too intense. However now I’m about to hit my 30s and really feel like a lady and really assured. I’m able to put on pink.”

A Week of Outfits: Valerie Metz

“I additionally take cues from my Hispanic tradition. There may be a lot coloration and richness. And the way we put on a bunch of gold jewellery, like hoops and the large Esclava necklaces. Rising up, I used to be embarrassed to put on my title on my neck. At school, I’d get made enjoyable of for carrying gold; folks stated it made me look ‘too’ hispanic or Latina. It makes me unhappy that I grew up throughout a time that was extraordinarily shut minded in direction of POC, so now I totally embrace it. I proudly put on all my gold!”

A Week of Outfits: Valerie Metz

Vest: Classic, comparable. T-shirt: All of the Infants. Denims: Classic Levi’s. Footwear: Steve Madden. Sun shades: classic by way of Landers Provide Home

“Once I was 18, I moved from my hometown to Orange County. I used to be a broke woman attempting to get via faculty, in order that’s once I began thrifting. Again then, I fell in love with the affordability and individuality. Now I thrift as a result of it’s sustainable. A few of my favourite items are my 90s leather-based jacket and a denim gown that makes me really feel like J.Lo. And this pink sweater vest!”

A Week of Outfits: Valerie Metz

Little one’s jumpsuit: All Small, comparable. Little one’s sneakers: Crocs.

“My thrifting recommendation is to go in with a selected objective. I create temper boards of the colours and eras of clothes I need to discover. This makes it simpler to step right into a retailer and discover what I would like with out getting sidetracked, as a result of most shops have their garments divided by colours and eras. In case you go right into a thrift retailer with none thought of what you’re in search of, that’s when it will get overwhelming as a result of every part screams at you.”

A Week of Outfits: Valerie Metz

Shirt: Classic, comparable. Bandeau high: Arraei Collective. Shorts: Purre Boutique. Boots: Classic by way of Landers Provide Home, comparable. Little one’s gown: Classic. Little one’s boots: Mercari, comparable.

“On-line thrifting has turn out to be actually nice, too. I really like Depop, and Mercari has good picks for youths. That’s the place I discovered cowboy boots for my daughter. Classic garments on youngsters is significantly the cutest factor.”

A Week of Outfits: Valerie Metz

“My son often doesn’t care what I put him in, however he does have moments the place he needs a ‘Lightning McQueen’ shirt, and I’m like ‘ugh.’ However I don’t need to be a enjoyable sucker, so I’m going with it. Rio is extra opinionated about her type; she’s an icon. She loves carrying boots with hats and frilly clothes, and I’m like, ‘Sure, woman, do it!’”

A Week of Outfits: Valerie Metz

Shirt: Classic, comparable. Sports activities bra: Backbeat Co. Biker shorts: Aritzia. Footwear: Hoka. Little one’s T-shirt: Cotton:On. Little one’s shorts: Goal. Little one’s sneakers: Nike.

“I get vitality and inspiration from music. My Valentine’s Day playlist obtained me impressed with pinks and reds. And I discover inspiration from folks I comply with on Instagram, like April Lockhart. She’s doing a reel collection that focuses on normalizing seeing disabled folks in your feed. Riyah Taylor does her make-up so nicely and has the nostalgic 90s look down. And Alani Figueroa is a lady of coloration who wears a LOT of coloration. You’ll be able to inform she has enjoyable along with her type, and I really like that.”

A Week of Outfits: Valerie Metz

Thanks a lot, Valerie! (Observe her on Instagram and see her images right here, if you happen to’d like.)

P.S. Extra girls share their weeks of outfits, together with a Toronto lawyer with nice workwear and a Seattle guide who loves prints.

(Photographs by Nicki Sebastian for Cup of Jo.)



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