Winnie the Pooh is an unlikely fashion muse; but for twin sisters Danielle and Nicole, the beloved teddy bear and his little friend Piglet are inspirations for their everyday attire. And they aren’t the only cartoon characters to influence their creative outfits. Looking to animated films like Frozen, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid, the sisters create head-to-toe ensembles of the main characters using only second-hand clothes. Best of all, the results don’t feel costumey. Danielle and Nicole’s keen sense of style and selections capture the essence of the characters while still being the type of looks you'd expect to see on people walking down the street.
Danielle and Nicole “never stopped playing dress-up” and have made their love of clothing into a career. They own an online vintage shop called Betty Berry. “Now instead of a box of costumes, we have our ever-growing wardrobe of vintage and a constant stream of stock for our store,” they tell My Modern Met. The twins first enjoyed putting their twist on Disney princess looks by reimagining what the ladies wore using everyday attire, and they have since expanded the series to other types of movies and television shows.
“We take inspiration from their color palettes and personalities and put together outfits in our style that we then sell in our vintage collections,” Danielle and Nicole explain. “At the heart of what we do is sustainability and so by creating these looks and introducing more and more people to vintage, we’re aiming to provide a necessary alternative to fast fashion.”
While it might sound like a daunting task to create these outfits, doing so was not as hard for the sisters as you might imagine. Thanks to their store, they have a lot of vintage garments to choose from. “We handpick our vintage from wholesalers so if we have a particular theme in mind then we will keep a lookout for specific pieces while sourcing our stock. A lot of the time we come across unique pieces that themselves will inspire a whole look!”