IT GIRLS: SHELCY AND CHRISTY
Meet The Twins from New York who are taking the town in style.
Let's start with introductions, what are your names and where are you from?
We are Shelcy and Christy, two sisters originally from Haiti who moved to New York in 2010.
You two are the most stylish sisters we know, what was it like growing up and dressing up? Did you two always share clothes?
Shelcy: Thank you so much! Honestly, we never thought we’d end up doing this together. Chris wasn’t really into fashion at the beginning. She jokes that she had “dark days” when she just threw on clothes for the sake of getting dressed. During that time, she lived in jeggings and overly designed tshirts. Back then, I didn’t share clothes with her haha. Her interest really peaked when she started watching beauty gurus on YouTube in 2012 and felt drawn to the interactive nature of it. She eventually came to me with the idea and I was sold. I love talking to people anyway, so I figured it wouldn’t make much of a difference behind
Chris: Shelcy always paid attention to the way people dress. She thought it said so much about their personality and she’d draw sketches of outfits she particularly liked. She’d create catalogs out of them and have people make their picks and later illustrate them. Anything fashion-related was always a hobby. We never thought about pursuing fashion in any capacity, especially not while growing up in Haiti where these career options are really limited. Being in New York City was ultimately what enabled it! Now we do share clothes all the time.
Shelcy how is your style different from Christy? Who are your style influencers?
I would say my style tends to be a little more unconventional than Chris’s - in the sense that I’d be willing to wear pants that’d normally be considered “masculine” or just clothes that aren’t exactly form- fitting or “feminine” (I use that loosely here because that’s all subjective). Chris tends to play it safe in that sense and I tell her all the time. Like she wouldn’t wear shoes that make her look more mature - as if she feels like she’s skipping steps or something. I personally don’t care. I embrace any look anytime, as long as I like the clothes and they make me feel great! As far as influencers go, can I say everyone? I draw inspiration from everyone (strangers walking down the strength, bloggers on my Instagram feed, the occasional mannequins I pass by from a store window).
Christy how is your style different from Shelcy? Who are your style influences?
I tend to experiment with styles within a certain category, so sometimes I don’t just go for things that feel outside of my comfort zone. It’s not a bad thing, but I just wish I’d be more bold and give something that I like a try. I’ll get there though. For now, I think my style is pretty versatile. I don’t look up to a particular group of people. This is why I love NYC so much because I feel like everyone is stylish in their own way - they have a sense of individuality when it comes to fashion. So even if our style is pretty different, I can still get inspired by them. So to me an influencer is anyone who could make me think, “Wow, I like this!” or “I should go for this style next.”
How does New York influence your sense of style?
Being in this city continues to change our style in unexpected ways! We’re definitely more daring withclothes. It always feels like this city welcomes you no matter what you wear, like there’ll be a group ofpeople you’ll be able to relate to. So we figured, “Why not just be us and figure it out along the way?”Overall though, our tastes never radically change. Guess they become more sophisticated over time. Ourstyle is still evolving, but we’re pretty excited to see what it’s like next.
If you could be a Lucy Paris piece, which one would you be and why?
Shelcy: No doubt, the Fiona top! It doesn’t scream sexy, but is really sultry. It has a subtle, but undeniable charm and I like to think of myself that way haha.
Christy: The Kimmy Ruched Stripe Dress! It’s so feminine and classy and hugs you all in the right places. I also have something with stripes - so clean and eye-grabbing!
Lucy Paris Outfit Recipe?
Shelcy: The Fiona top can go with a pair of flowy pants on any hot day! Or I’d wear it with jeans if I needed more structure. What I love about it is that you can take it to an happy hour with your girls, datenight with bae or throw on a short pencil leather skirt under it in the fall, and you can go dancing all night!
Christy: During the day, I’d wear my Kimmy Ruche Stripe Dress with some pastel, close-toe flats and accessorize it with layers of dainty necklaces. At night, I’d replace the flats with some cute wedges and put on a bold lip.