Monday, September 22, 2008

Bulk Up for Fall

Chunky knits are a fall favorite.

For Work: This look features a roomy wool sweater with a drawstring waist tie to add some definition, a black trouser-style mini, black tights and black oxford booties. The bottom blends away, so the sweater takes center stage. And wearing tights and shoes in the same color is an easy way to make your legs look long.

For Weekend: The same sweater paired with medium wash skinny jeans, leather wedge boots and a gold chain to finish the look.

On the Runway: Topshop Unique Fall 2008 RTW. Image source:

About This Blog

Because writing and fashion are my central modes of creative expression, I thought a blog would be an opportune way to combine them. I don't claim to be an expert on the latest trends. This is simply a forum to share with readers what interests me at the moment in the world of fashion.

To me, it’s not all about fashion mags and runway shows. I derive inspiration from the people I see every day. But of course, like anyone, I am affected by the movements of the fashion industry. Fashion spreads across continents, travels back and forth through decades, and is driven by borrowing and reinventing. To recognize the industry as an undeniable source of influence, I’ve decided to structure each post as follows: focusing on a particular element, I will show a look or multiple looks I have created using this element and an example of something similar from the runway. This structure is meant to demonstrate how fashion can be derived, translated, and personalized.

Hopefully this blog, like fashion, will grow and change. In the future, I anticipate including photographs of the many fashionable people who inhabit the delightfully artistic community of Lawrence, Kansas. Everyone knows that Kansas is far from any of the world’s fashion centers, but that doesn’t mean nothing is happening here. Above all, as a Kansas native, I seek to convey a Midwestern perspective on fashion.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Born and raised in the Midwest, Katy graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Creative Writing. A longtime lover of fashion, she started her personal style blog, Kansas Couture, in September of 2008. Through daily outfit photos, she conveys an eclectic but accessible sense of style on a serious budget. While she currently works as a copywriter, fashion and blogging continue to gain importance in her life. When she’s not blogging, Katy can be found thrifting, watching movies and playing with her pug Igby.