Caitlin Davis, 26
Foxes of Lexington interview by Lauralee Crain
What are you thinking about you get dressed in the morning?
Usually depends on what I’m going to be doing for the day. Whether I’m going to work or out for the weekend. When I am at work I try to not dress the typical teacher-dress. I’ve worn a jumpsuit to work, I’ve worn my overalls to work–granted the kids weren’t there. It also depends on how I’m feeling for the day and what I’m comfortable in.
Where do you start your outfit? For ex. Shoes first or shirt, etc.
Honestly, I start with whether I want to wear pants. Am I going to wear pants, skirt or dress. Shoes are usually my last part of my outfit. I think you can really change your outfit with the shoes that you choose. These overalls with flats would look totally different than if I wanted to wear them with a chunky wedge, or even an ankle-strap heel.
Are you aiming to say anything when you put together an outfit?
It depends on my mood. I may wake up and think I want to look like I’m from the 90s, or the 70s. For an open-house I can’t wear my 70s gear, but I go with my mood.
What’s your go-to styling trick?
Anything that flatters me. I’m not someone who is going to buy into a trend unless it flatters me. I have a smaller upper half and a curvier lower half, so I’m not going to wear the high-waisted shorts that are really short. I prefer to wear pants and midi skirts because they’re longer. I think the most important thing a girl or woman can do is flatter themselves. Not that you’re doing it for anyone else, but for yourself.
What’s your go-to outfit?
Lately, it’s been boyfriend jeans with a shirt–not really cropped but a little bit shorter and wedges. It’s comfortable, it’s easy, I think it has a sexy look, but it’s still casual. Or longer midi-fitted dresses. I think that those can be taken from day to night.
What’s an outfit that never works?
Too much skin. I can’t wear a tight short skirt with a short tight top. There are some girls can do it and they look good, but for me it’s gotta be one or the other. Tight skirt, loose top or loose bottom, tight shirt.
What are you wearing when you feel most yourself? Why?
I feel best in dresses. They’re comfortable and easy. And you can just change the shoe and go out for the night.
When do you recall coming into your own personal style?
Not until the last three years. But I feel like that’s from getting older and feeling more confident. Whenever I go home and I go out in New York City, that’s when I feel most myself, because I feel like you can wear whatever you want and no one is going to judge you. But I think that’s carrying over more to being in Lexington and not caring about what other people are thinking about what I’m wearing.
When did you experiment with style in earlier years?
In college. My mom always had something to say about what I was wearing in my earlier years. I appreciate that now because I’ve learned to flatter myself. Being away from home, trying new things and people around different people is when I experimented.
Do you dress to reflect your mood or to change your mood?
Mostly to reflect my mood. But I do think that if you wake up in an eh-mood, you can change your outfit and feel better about yourself. Like in the summer it’s easy to get caught up in wearing athletic-wear every day–and I do like the athleisure trend but I think it’s important to make yourself feel good, and for me that’s dressing a nice way, or feeling good about myself while getting dressed up.
Are there ways you wish you could change your style?
Sometimes I wish that I could be more daring. You get more confident with time, but sometimes you think about what others may think about your outfit. Sometimes I wish I had a job that allowed me to dress more my style instead of thinking I have to show up in a certain type of outfit. I wish I had more freedom during the week to dress how I would want to dress.
Is there anything that holds you back from achieving the style you want?
Not being 90 pounds and five-foot-ten. I hate saying that because everyone can look a certain way and be fine. My job. And sometimes I worry what my friends may think of me– if they’re not quite as daring with what they wear. My sister is much more bold with what she wears than I am. I think it’s important to have those kind of people around you because she encourages me to take new challenges–try new things.
Have you ever gotten bored with your closet? How do you get out of a style rut?
Yes, last week. I went to the mall. I get bored a lot, especially as the trends change. I’m a big follower of bloggers on instagram. And fashion is always changing, so I’m thinking, am I keeping up? And when I do get bored, it’s not good for my paycheck. But I do go shopping and clean out my closet. I try to clean out my closet every year. I do keep old things because I know things come back.
What are three places on the internet do you consult for fashion inspiration?
Instagram. I really like @WhoWoreWhat, @SomethingNavy, Rachel Zoe, @SincerelyJules. I’m addicted. I get inspiration from them. Bloggers have really changed how people express themselves. I don’t get fashion catalogs anymore. I look on instagram.
What are three places not on the internet do you find inspiration for fashion?
People; when I’m out and about and traveling. My friends and family. I’m a big people watcher. Even at school I get inspiration from some of my high schoolers. I’ve been lucky, I’ve had some very stylish students who are more bold and like to chances in what they wear. I like to look at their style, and they keep me young.
What’s something new in fashion that you’ve discovered that has you excited?
Right now, chokers. I think I may be late to the trend but I love them. I loved them back in the 90s and when I was in middle school. I think they can take your outfit from being kind of bland to edgy. Making more of a statement. And I like that they frame your face, too.
What’s the coolest thing you’ve done in the last week?
Gotten to work with high schoolers. As much as I say I wish I had a job where I could express myself more in a fashion outlet, I think it’s pretty cool to get up every day and work with high schoolers and make them better people. They make me a better person, too. Other than that, I did go dancing the other night with my girl friends. That was fun.
What’s the best place to eat in Lexington?
I love Dudley’s. I like being outside, sitting there and people watching. A lot of cool people go there. If you go to Dudley’s you’ll see some stylish people. And Limestone Blue–avocado fries.
Where’s the best place to shop in Lexington?
I really like Morton James. My sister introduced me to that store. I hadn’t been brave in exploring. Boutiques makes me nervous. I feel like they’re small and everyone in there is looking at you. But I’ve gotten more comfortable with going in them and I really like Morton James. And Adele— it’s not so much clothes but I love it for home decor. Your home decor can also reflect your style. And Obviously Fox House.
Who in Lexington inspires you?
My sister is my number one person. She’s my cool younger sister. She’s my number one source of fashion inspiration. She interned with Shoshanna and was the campus brand-rep for Jessica Simpson. She went to fashion week last year and the after parties.
Do you think about vintage when you get dressed?
Yes, I think about not dressing in one brand but the importance of mixing and matching in your outfit. Mixing in vintage pieces gives it character and makes it more interesting.
Caitlin Davis is a social studies teacher at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Ky. Follow her on instagram @kittycait11.