Karen and Sara Brown

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Karen and Sara do “schlumpy chic” with perfection: Karen in her baggy high-waisted khakis, suede shirt, and western bolo for evening, and Sara in her white Victorian dress, worn only with the chunkiest of men’s bucks (never a heel) and sometimes a fisherman knit cable. I am fascinated by their respective interpretations of the same heavenly tattered, exemplary, Americana wardrobe that they share completely – “we are each other’s other half.” I was laughing to myself as they recounted one of their more mortifying childhood memories, when their mom picked them up from school in preppy, Connecticut in her floor-length Pendelton coat, dripping in state-of-the-art silver and turquoise jewelry, because I did the exact same thing to my kids when they were young, only in my Ralph blanket floor length skirt. Childhood insecurities aside, it seems as though moms without diamonds tend to rub off on their offspring eventually. Karen and Sara have a collection of hand and arm candy worthy of noting, a plethora of Navajo hand-me-downs. They also have a uniquely sophisticated vision into the beauty of hand-sewn stitching, patchwork, quality fabric that has stood the test of time, and what they call “investment” pieces, like Sara’s 1930s Florentine workwear dress and Karen’s pure Tom Sawyer-esque Osh Kosh overalls. They are both admirably effortless in their ability to juxtapose textures, genres, and unexpected color combos, like Karen’s cut-offs with a plaid boy’s trench, Breton shirt, red tights, and her mom’s Doc Martens, and Sara in her red suede Wallabees, polka dot jeans, and pale pink button-down. “What’s mine is hers and everything old becomes new again.” Wise words from the Yankee grunge duo.

Check into Karen and Sara’s blog here.  If you Karen and Sara, you might also enjoy Erika von Petrin and Malin Landaeus.

  • Cait

    i love these twins more than anything in the whole world

  • MIchele

    These girls are amazing. Their style is so unusual and unique and it really works for them. Thanks for posting this. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Liz

    Love you guys, looking fabulous as usual and very cool to be recognized for it!

  • Amy

    I’ve always loved your style. Love the post- you both look great. Congrats!!!!!

  • SamBamThankYouMaam

    I love this post. I like how downbeat and elegant they are and completely beautiful. Love the polkadot pants and the sheer dress with the bucks and fisherman sweater. Pretty!

  • Diana

    i LOVE the video! you two are the cutest tartays!

  • Aunt Shelly

    You two are precious. Love the video, your outfits, your style, your commentary, and all your mom’s jewelry!!!

  • Fore T. Greene

    I Love the editing! !!

    Verry tight! Ralphie L. Is a genius for working with these twins

    they remind me of my fav. blog –

  • E

    The definition of easy, effortless style.
    Love this – adore the love-worn clothing and accessories.

  • kathrin

    amazing! those worn in 30′s work trousers are incredible. also love their collection of antique metal instruments and bottles. lovely to watch!

  • GladIcheckedInToday

    havnt been on here for a while. Good to see two sisters who are just so cool. not every gal can pull off these menswear looks. must have good genes. would love to see their parents, bet they are pretty rad themselves.
    much nachas

  • Nia

    These girls are so lovely and comfortable in their own skin. Great to watch! I have to admit that while you shot in front of the mirror I kept trying to catch a glimpse of what YOU were wearing! Will you ever bless us with a your own video protrait?

  • Mel

    As a twin myself, I really related to these sisters, esp. when one said that they share clothes but they’ll never put together the same look as each other- that’s how I am with my sister. They have exceptional style – thanks for sharing!

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  • Lou

    Very nice to see such a comprehensive interpretation of Americana, without it seeming contrived. I don’t think I’ve seen much like it, though it looks all familiar and real. I love the sturdy, no-nonsense quality of it, the rural sensibility, without lacking fun and sensuality. It all comes together beautifully. I guess much of what style is, does come down to finding and interpreting (or assembling) an idiom that allows you to communicate effectively whatever you want to communicate. Having a mirror that actually talks back to you (haha) gives one, of course, a head start. Well, more power to them!

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  • http://www.orchiddreams.com/13-sexy-clubwear Melissa

    It’s so great to share lot’s of views and interests when it comes to artistry and design. Great job, love your work :)

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