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Talya Bendel

Apr 7

1. If you could only wear one dress for the rest of your life what would it be and why?

Oof that’s a hard one. It would be anything with tight long sleeves and a turtleneck that billows starting at the waist. Mainly because I love feeling tucked and wrapped and snuggly. Nothing body-con - I need room to move comfortably!

2. What’s your favorite go to place to shop modest finds?

My favorite place to shop for modest finds and unique pieces would be any thrift store anywhere. Mainly Goodwill or Salvation Army. When we travel I always hit up a local thrift spot; it’s my version of a style souvenir.

3. What’s the best modest styling tip that changed the way you dress?

As a kid my dad always said I wore a shmata on a shmata because I was always layering. I did that so I could wear the garment I love and make it work within my realm of modesty. A good tip is don’t write a garment off right away - there may be ways you can work with it.

4. What’s the best bit of fashion advice you’ve ever gotten?

The best advice I got is a mantra I came up with. “If you can put it on, you can pull it off.” It’s basically the same as my tip but instead of writing off a garment, don’t write yourself off because you think or you've been told something won’t work for you or the common term “you can’t pull it off.” Let me be the first to say .. yes you can!

Talya Bendel

5. What are 5 items in your closet you can’t live without?

The 5 items I can’t live without would for sure be leggings, my graphic tees, my neon yellow big old sweater, my CurrentNYC velvet tidals and biker shorts that I wear under everything.

6. What’s one accessory that completely elevates your look?

I’d say my fun wigs. They change the game. I could be wearing sweats and slippers but with one of my bright fun wigs it’s a whole vibe.

7. How would you describe your style?

I’d describe my style as eclectic fanatic with a tendency to overdue the underdone.

8. Who do you get your fashion inspiration from?

I get my fashion inspiration from lots of things and people. A lot of my inspiration comes from characters on television and almost anything Patricia Field does. IE: Carrie Bradshaw.  I also derive inspo from JLo and some accounts on my feed. I love a nostalgic look too, so old shows and things like that give me a lot of inspiration.

9. What fashion accounts do you love following on Instagram?

Well, you guys definitely have it down so The Reflective! I also love @saraschlisser style and the way she styles her family is literal goals. I love @sophiehannah - even though she’s a makeup account she does fun things with her clothes. And the girls behind @mai.bees are sooo good, I love every single thing they do. @zendaya is an icon and can do no wrong and @sitabellan because she literally does it all.

10. What’s a recent purchase you’re excited about?

A recent purchase I’m excited about is the pouchette Métis classic logo by Louis Vuitton. I’m obsessed.

11. What’s your go to fall/winter look?

My go-to fall/winter look is anything big and comfy - so sweaters over dresses with boots and fun accessories.

12**. If you were exploring the streets of Paris right now what would you wear?**

A gown or something chiffon and long.

13. Are you a shoe or a purse girl?

Normally I'm a shoe girl but in the last year, purse, purse, purse!

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