Here’s Erin’s take on the same five questions I ask each True Fashionista.
How would you describe your personal style?
A little bit thrift, a little bit Bohemian a little bit rock and roll.
My favorite things are leather, silk and sterling silver.
Where did you get your passion for fashion?
I'm surrounded by artists. Some of them are musicians, some are painters, some stylists or photographers, but they have all found a way to express themselves. It inspires me to do the same. I have never been a rule breaker but I discovered a long time ago I get a thrill from bending (if not breaking!) the rules of fashion. I'm over 35, and I still wear my short shorts and leather ankle boots. I don't care that over 35s "shouldn't" wear short shorts or mini skirts. I feel happy, I feel free when I wear them, so I will wear them as long as they make me feel that way.
Where do you find sartorial inspiration?
My best girl, Stevie, the girls at live music shows and of course, the internet at large. I love Free People's social media and I get my fix from their amazing instagram, tumblr and blog accounts. They are a very inspiring brand to me.
What is the difference between fashion and style?
Fashion is what we are told is hot right now. Style is how we wear it now and for years to come. Style is the "you" element to your look. Its the personality, the fun.
Any advice for a woman who is starting to find her personal style?
Stop saying "I could never get away with that", and "I love it on you but it would look so dumb on me". You want to wear it? Wear it! In the words of the sage and talented Wendy Brandes, "Wear What you Want".
The purpose of the Friday True Fashionista series is to show women who use clothing to express their personal style. Each woman has a different, unique look and opinion on clothing and fashion. These women inspire me in my clothing choices, and possibly their bold sartorial statements will inspire you. Stay tuned, there will be a featured True Fashionista every Friday for the next few weeks. And if you know of a True Fashionista in your life, tell us about her in the comments!