Meet my non-sexual life partner: Kim. My partner in crime, partner in wine and partner in style. We first met at ELLE magazine when she, I and Nicole all started interning at the same time – as a writer (me), graphic designer (Kim – oh, and Toula was there too!) and stylist (Nicole). We were puppies and instantly bonded – especially when all of us got hired afterwards. It was the best of times.
Flash forward to five years later: Kim and I have been through countless adventures. We’ve talked each other through hilarious dates and sleepless nights, worked together (those sleepless nights again… Did you know Kim designed the CHAPTER FRIDAY website?), shared 1.044 photos on WhatsApp, ate about five self-cooked meals in five years (we’re better kissers than cooks!) and wore many, many similar outfits.
You know how besties often start to talk the same way and dress the same way, right? Because I’m sure you do – and honestly because this seemed like the most hilarious post EVER to make (it was!) – we decided to put on all of our twin items for you.
Never laughed this hard on a workday in my life.
1. How would you describe your styles?
Yara: “The core of what we love is very much the same – we both have a long lived obsession with leopard print, washed out black skinnies, bomber jackets, burgundy and all possible bags and shoes.
Kim: “Clean and French (though I’m not). Me and Yara both like a well-balanced outfit; cool and uncomplicated but with a touch of glitter or print – preferably leopard. I pick my outfits around the shoes I want to wear that day. My Gucci loafers are big favourites.
2. What’s your favourite look out of all of these?
Yara: “I wear the leopard print trousers with a grey sweatshirt once every week, no exceptions. So to have a doppelganger walking around in my house in the exact same look was hilarious. It’s like looking in the mirror, but different.”
Kim: “The one with our funky palm print pants. This look takes me right back to our incredible summer in Ibiza where we celebrated my birthday (21 again!) in these trousers. We went all the way by pairing these pants with a palm print bikini top – another twin item. Ultimately, we are each others’ best accessory; every blonde needs a brownie by her side!”
3. How would you describe each other’s style?
Yara: “What I love about Kim’s style is that it’s so effortlessly cool. I always find something unexpected in her outfits, like glittery socks or a top with extra long sleeves. You can tell she’s not about big labels or wearing a perfectly matched look. She really has fun in getting dressed.”
Kim: “She’s always cool as fuck! Our styles are very much aligned but Yara really shines in the edgier items. Leather jackets, skinny jeans and rock ‘n roll T-shirts; badass and babe at the same time.
4. What do you love seeing her in?
Yara: “It takes her about five seconds to pick up a tan. Something I totally envy because my skin turns beige at best. I’m living a tanned life vicariously through her. Kim shines in anything spring-summery, like a short jumpsuit with a big knit.”
Kim: “A look that she rocks like no other is shorts, a cropped top, Balenciaga boots and a leather jacket. Mothers, lock your sons!”
5. What’s one thing you would steal from her closet?
Yara: “The 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli messenger bag. Like I said, we’re crazy bag ladies.”
Kim: “Her Chanel 2.55 flap bag. And the story that comes with that: you’re strolling through Paris, walk by the first ever Chanel boutique and think ‘Let’s grab life by the balls’. That’s the way it should be, I’m excited already.”
6. Do you always discuss outfits and new buys?
Yara: “A quick outfit check is part of the fun of getting ready. Another thing Kim and I do is call each other to justify a new purchase. When I treated myself to a Céline Trio bag in under five minutes, the first thing I did was call Kim to calm me down and tell me ‘it was OK because I work in fashion’.”
Kim: “Showing up at parties or festivals in the same outfit doesn’t benefit our man hunt, so we try to steer away from that. But regardless if we’re going to be together or not; our number of shared media on WhatsApp is currently on 1044 and a large part of those are outfit related. Also, if you see something that would be perfect for the other person, you always get it. Best rule ever.”
7. What looks good on her but doesn’t work on you?
Yara: “Kim is very petite and I have boobs and a booty. That means that wider tops or dresses make me look a bit square. On her slim frame they drape and fall perfectly.”
Kim: “Yara looks effortlessly chic in a big fluffy winter coat, I look like a midget grizzly bear.”
8. Did you actually buy all this stuff together?
Yara: “Just the Beyoncé sweater, oddly enough. The amount of times we’ve practiced the Single Ladies routine is just embarrassing, so we had to solidify our passion for Beyoncé in a piece of clothing. The first thing we yelled when we entered the concert building was: “Where is the merch?!”
Kim: “Yes, our Bey sweater is the most awesome piece in this series by far. When we visited the Beyoncé concert for the second time in one year (both wearing sequin underpants), we couldn’t help but cave.”
Photos by Liselotte Fleur