Street Smarts: Marita Willis

Marita Willis.

Marita Willis.

Yesterday I had this same dress on with a jacket, so sometimes in my mind I play these games where I say, ‘What can I do with this today?’ So I just put this shirt on today. I love fashion. I do wardrobing for some people. My daughter probably inspires me, because when she was younger I would pick her up [from school] and she would say to me, ‘Please don’t come in there looking all “bank-ish’. So now I don’t have a problem putting things together to make them work. My thing is, if you put it on you should own it, wear it. I think a lot of times we buy fashion, and we get those big names, and put them on, but we don’t “own it.” So I always say, you can’t buy style – the style is you. I like vintage and I like consignment. This jacket is probably at least 18 years old – it’s a Donna Karan that I got at Macy’s, and argued with myself the whole time when I was paying for it. I got these earrings at T.J. Maxx at least 20 years ago, and the shoes are distressed and I got the scuff on them, which I like. So for the 60 year olds I kind of have to represent.