Fashion Inspiration: Tavi G., the Style Rookie

Jun 10, 2009 at 11:56 am

For those of you who are in the loop of the fashion blog-o-sphere, you may already know of Style Rookie aka Tavi G. For anyone who has no idea what I’m talking about, meet Tavi, the 13-year-old girl who runs Style Rookie, a blog dedicated to clothing and all things fashion. —-

I’ve been following Tavi’s blog for nearly a year now and I must say that she has never failed to amaze me. The girl is incredibly smart, witty, and has both an impeccable eye and knowledge of the fashion world. Just reading one paragraph of what she writes is mind blowing. When I was 13, I was thinking about my rock and keychain collections and boys.

Most of the content for her blog consist of photos of her current inspirations and obsessions as well outfits that she puts together. The coy, sarcastic and passive-aggressive gal has come a long way since she first started her blog. She recently visited Laura & Kate Mulleavy, designers/masterminds/sisters behind Rodarte, in L.A. and also now designs her own T-shirts and sells vintage finds online. She sends proceeds toward Clothing With A Cause, an effort dedicated to helping the victims of genocide in Darfur.

She is inspirational to me personally as she creates her own interpretations of designer’s collections as well as creates her very own outfits by mixing crazy colors, materials and patterns with random designer and thrift store finds. The greatest part of all about Tavi is that she says she doesn’t take fashion too seriously because it’s always going to change. There has been much speculation in the past that she is truly not the one behind the blog, but recent Vimeo’s from her have only proven her excellence. Maybe it’s the fact that she can get away with wearing what she does because she still resides in a 13-year-old boyish body frame. I’m not sure, but I love it and find it completely refreshing and inspiring to be more creative in what I wear, despite what age I may be. The point is, she does it and she does it well.

For inspiration this week, I bring you Tavi and all of her wonder. How many people can truly say that they’re inspired by a 13-year-old girl living in Chicago? Meet Tavi.

This is Tavi's collaboratively designed T-shirt, available for sale at Style Rookie

A young Mia Farrow?

Alice in Wonderland.

Tavi in her new-ish Rodarte knitted tights (LUCKY).

And in case you ever had any doubts, check out this video of Tavi’s musings on blogging and fashion, etc…

blogiversary from Tavi G on Vimeo.

(Sidenote: Don’t forget that UC’s DAAPWorks runs this week thru Saturday! The 2009 Fashion Show will be held Friday, June 12th from 8-10:30 p.m. in UC’s Campus Recreation Center. Tickets are $35. Also, Alumnus and women’s wear designer David Meister will be honored at both the fashion show and the VIA After Party. Don’t miss it!)