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I Am Not Fashion Savvy At All, So My Younger Sister Dressed Me For A Week

I gave my 20-year-old sister free rein to pick out outfits I would have to wear out in the world.

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Hi! I'm Farrah. I'm not a fashion expert and very rarely know what's on trend. My style is "laziest person at the farmer's market" meets "comfort chic." My point? I'm in need of some fashion help, which is why I decided to let my younger (cooler) sister style me for a week.

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This is my younger sister, Cianna, who is the QUEEN of making trendy fashion Pinterest boards and is an obsessive online shopper. We're eight years apart, and she inherited all the *stylish* genes, apparently.

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Cianna likes mixing a lot of influences into her outfits. She'll pair a flirty dress with edgy boots or really distressed jeans with a girly top. She prefers to wear things oversized and likes experimenting with new trends.

Cianna's thoughts on the experiment: Farrah had the misfortune of experiencing adolescence during the early 2000s when fashion was at its *most tragic.* Her teenage years consisted of cargo pants, Avril Lavigne skinny ties paired with plain tank tops, and skirts OVER JEANS. Nowadays I feel like she dresses more for comfort. There's nothing wrong with that, but once she finds an outfit she likes she'll wear it and basically nothing else. Farrah's so cute, so I really want to see her branch out from the typical wrap dress or pullover sweater/jeans I normally see her in.

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Uh, well, she wasn't wrong...

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• I would have to wear each outfit my sister picked out every day for a week. • We would spend one day shopping together. I would have to try on everything she picked out for me, but I could purchase the pieces that I liked. • My sister would pull together outfits based on the new purchases and clothes I already had in my closet.
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• I would have to wear each outfit my sister picked out every day for a week.

• We would spend one day shopping together. I would have to try on everything she picked out for me, but I could purchase the pieces that I liked.

• My sister would pull together outfits based on the new purchases and clothes I already had in my closet.

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Why Cianna chose this outfit: I feel like, from an outside perspective, this is very ~you~ in terms of personality. Like a flirty/trendy librarian who is still hip with the kids. The greyscale color makes it sleek, but the sweater is still cozy. Dare I say very "Stacy's Mom?"Farrah's thoughts: On my body, this was my LEAST favorite outfit Cianna picked for me. The skirt kept rising up, the sweater felt TOO baggy, and my shoes were giving me blisters. However, it doesn't look as terrible as I thought in the photograph. It's something I NEVER would have pulled together for myself from my closet, but it's also something I would most likely never wear again.
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Why Cianna chose this outfit: I feel like, from an outside perspective, this is very ~you~ in terms of personality. Like a flirty/trendy librarian who is still hip with the kids. The greyscale color makes it sleek, but the sweater is still cozy. Dare I say very "Stacy's Mom?"

Farrah's thoughts: On my body, this was my LEAST favorite outfit Cianna picked for me. The skirt kept rising up, the sweater felt TOO baggy, and my shoes were giving me blisters. However, it doesn't look as terrible as I thought in the photograph. It's something I NEVER would have pulled together for myself from my closet, but it's also something I would most likely never wear again.

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Why Cianna chose this outfit: This outfit is really cute and stylish, but I don't think it's a good representative of who you are. It screams more, "I tried too hard to get dressed for brunch" and less, "effortlessly cool" than I wanted it to. Farrah's thoughts: WOW CIANNA, I guess I can't pull off "effortlessly cool." The dress was something I was hesitant to try on in the store, but I ended up liking it. This particular outfit is definitely outside my comfort zone. When I wore this at work, one of my co-workers said I looked "very Clueless-chic." I think the entire outfit makes me look like a 19-year-old on her way to Coachella — which isn't exactly my vibe.
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Why Cianna chose this outfit: This outfit is really cute and stylish, but I don't think it's a good representative of who you are. It screams more, "I tried too hard to get dressed for brunch" and less, "effortlessly cool" than I wanted it to.

Farrah's thoughts: WOW CIANNA, I guess I can't pull off "effortlessly cool." The dress was something I was hesitant to try on in the store, but I ended up liking it. This particular outfit is definitely outside my comfort zone. When I wore this at work, one of my co-workers said I looked "very Clueless-chic." I think the entire outfit makes me look like a 19-year-old on her way to Coachella — which isn't exactly my vibe.

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Why Cianna chose this outfit: Printed pants have been everywhere this season, and you pull them off really well. Because you have such a slim figure I think they help to fill you out a little more. 10/10 Boss-ass babe.Farrah's thoughts: I'm very proud of myself because I picked these pants out in the store and my sister gave her stamp of approval. This ended up being my second favorite outfit! I think trendy/professional is more my style. Plus, the entire thing was comfortable to wear.
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Why Cianna chose this outfit: Printed pants have been everywhere this season, and you pull them off really well. Because you have such a slim figure I think they help to fill you out a little more. 10/10 Boss-ass babe.

Farrah's thoughts: I'm very proud of myself because I picked these pants out in the store and my sister gave her stamp of approval. This ended up being my second favorite outfit! I think trendy/professional is more my style. Plus, the entire thing was comfortable to wear.

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Why Cianna chose this outfit: I chose this because I thought it would be something like edgy-rocker-meets-grown-professional. It looks artsy, yet still put together, and black and red has been trendy for quite awhile.Farrah's thoughts When Cianna pulled this off the rack in the store my first thought was, oh my GOD that is so red. But after trying it on, I was surprised how much I LOVED IT. This is actually my favorite outfit from this entire experiment. I'm absolutely awful at picking out fun tops for myself, so I'm glad my sister had an eye for a good one! I love how the red pops. When I wore it to work, a lot of people noticed it was outside the realm of things I typically wear.
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Why Cianna chose this outfit: I chose this because I thought it would be something like edgy-rocker-meets-grown-professional. It looks artsy, yet still put together, and black and red has been trendy for quite awhile.

Farrah's thoughts When Cianna pulled this off the rack in the store my first thought was, oh my GOD that is so red. But after trying it on, I was surprised how much I LOVED IT. This is actually my favorite outfit from this entire experiment. I'm absolutely awful at picking out fun tops for myself, so I'm glad my sister had an eye for a good one! I love how the red pops. When I wore it to work, a lot of people noticed it was outside the realm of things I typically wear.

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Why Cianna those this outfit: OK, I actually love this. The ~classy~ neckline of the tank mixed with the laid-back distressed denim and the blazer makes it cute but professional. It would be super easy to transition from work hours to cocktail hour.Farrah's thoughts: All of these pieces were already in my closet, but I hadn't thought to pull them together like this! I think this entire outfit came together really well, and I especially like it paired with the wedges. This feels like me — but me 2.0.
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Why Cianna those this outfit: OK, I actually love this. The ~classy~ neckline of the tank mixed with the laid-back distressed denim and the blazer makes it cute but professional. It would be super easy to transition from work hours to cocktail hour.

Farrah's thoughts: All of these pieces were already in my closet, but I hadn't thought to pull them together like this! I think this entire outfit came together really well, and I especially like it paired with the wedges. This feels like me — but me 2.0.

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Farrah: This red top was SO out of my element and something I would have never thought I could pull off, but it fit great and I ended up really loving the bold color! Thanks for forcing me into this fashion choice, C.

Cianna: The blazer/jeans outfit is by far my favorite. You can tell that you're really comfortable being in it, and I think that says a lot.

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Farrah: On top of being super uncomfortable this sweater/skirt situation, I'm not sure what weather I'm supposed to be dressing for?? The turtleneck says cold, but my skirt screams summer. I don't think this fashion decision is meant to be worn by...anyone.

Cianna: Laid out on the hanger, the dress/jean jacket combo was my favorite, but on it's my least favorite. Again, it's not that it's a bad outfit. I just don't think it's YOUR personal style.

Farrah: Putting trendy outfits together is actually a lot of work. It's surprising what outfits someone else can create out of clothes you already own! Taking a ~fashion risk~ feel pretty rad if it's still in your realm of style, but on the other hand, taking a ~fashion risk~ in something you don't feel completely confident in is uncomfortable and kinda scary. Honestly, I'll continue to ask my sister's advice on fashion going forward. I'm definitely not an expert in any way now that this experiment is over!Cianna: I think after doing this, I learned that a lot of what goes into your outfit is your personality. Some things looked great on the hanger but because they just didn't fit Farrah's vibe, they didn't work the way I thought they would. Fashion is so individualistic that every single person really has to work on developing who they are and how that translates into their clothes, because (for better or worse) that's the first impression the world gets of who you are when you step outside.
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Farrah: Putting trendy outfits together is actually a lot of work. It's surprising what outfits someone else can create out of clothes you already own! Taking a ~fashion risk~ feel pretty rad if it's still in your realm of style, but on the other hand, taking a ~fashion risk~ in something you don't feel completely confident in is uncomfortable and kinda scary. Honestly, I'll continue to ask my sister's advice on fashion going forward. I'm definitely not an expert in any way now that this experiment is over!

Cianna: I think after doing this, I learned that a lot of what goes into your outfit is your personality. Some things looked great on the hanger but because they just didn't fit Farrah's vibe, they didn't work the way I thought they would. Fashion is so individualistic that every single person really has to work on developing who they are and how that translates into their clothes, because (for better or worse) that's the first impression the world gets of who you are when you step outside.

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