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The high-fashion blog Thread Ethic, run by two uber-stylish girls, Melody and Desirae, features outfits and styling that are so spot-on you’d assume these girls were professional stylists. But these real-world girls simply have a keen eye for fashion and know how to take the runway trends on to the streets. You probably won’t even notice the fact that all of their outfits and features are completely modest. They’re just that good. And with Desirae back in New York City and Melody here in Salt Lake City, there’s sure to be a bold mix of street style posts to come. So check out their blog and see what they have to say about Utah style below.

Melody
Desirae

How would you describe your style?

Melody – Ever since I was a teenager in NYC my style has been deemed “classic”. Desirae’s style, however, has always been a bit more “edgy.” So when we spent so much time together we ended up fusing our style into one. When we started styling our musical group, The 5 Browns, we really started coming into our own. We realized we needed to more fully educate ourselves in fashion. Keeping up with the runway has influenced our style more than anything else. Now we would probably label ourselves as modern and polished, with just a touch of edge.

How would you describe Utah’s style?

Melody – If you ever find yourself in downtown Salt Lake at a new and cutting edge event you’ll find an indie/vintage/urban style. Unfortunately, the rest of Utah seems to fall into the jeans-and-tee style. Most people think skirts, dresses and blouses are “dressing up,” but that seriously limits your options. Everyone feels creatively challenged at times, but a simple solution to that is loosely fitting, half-tucked tee, skinny jeans, gladiator sandals and maybe a simple pendant necklace. Throw in a Chanel-looking bag and you’ve mastered casual meets stylish.

How do you think Utah’s style has evolved over your lifetime and what do you think encouraged that evolution?

Desirae – There is a small indie music and art scene that has risen in the Salt Lake City area that is very culturally hip and fashion forward. I think this artistic scene is going to shape what will be known as Utah’s signature style; eclectic, hip, bohemian with a slight indie rock edge. In the past, Utahans have had the reputation of only dressing for modesty rather than modesty AND fashion. I think this is changing slowly and these indie trend-setters will lead the way.

Modesty and frugality have been attributed to Utah’s “lack of style.” How do you think those things affect style in Utah?

Desirae – I think creating a personal sense of style in Utah, or anywhere really, used to be seen as something modest girls would have to sit out on. I think finding stylish yet modest clothing seemed intimidating and expensive. And I think modest girls were concerned that trying to be stylish might be seen as a vulgar pursuit. I think that sentiment is changing and women and girls are realizing that modest style is a vehicle for creativity and empowerment. And with vintage, thrift stores and low-priced clothing chains, it becomes less about extravagance and more about a creative process.

What’s your best piece of style advice?

Melody – What you see on a manikin in a store doesn’t necessarily reflecting what is truly in style. We love our Forever 21, but last year the overload of neon all over the stores started getting on my nerves. Just yesterday I walked past a Forever 21 in Chicago and it looked like someone had barfed bohemian everywhere. Having a good eye and knowing what you’re looking for when it’s fresh helps. At Thread Ethic we try and give you the looks right from the runway or pare them down for street style. So if you see a piece you like you can go out and find something similar.

And one last thing…it took me AGES to learn that you shouldn’t just buy something because you think it’s cute, even though you have NOTHING in your closet that it will go with. Start slow, buy pieces that work together, and be a little daring. Before you know it you’ll have a whole closet that works together.

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