Ella and Ainslie, also known as the White twins, have always caused a head or two to turn when walking through the hallways of Lake Forest High School. The dynamic duo, who dominate sophomore style, trot through the hallways while perpetually cloaked in something green, something denim, or something cashmere, putting the insipid “leggings and crew” look to shame.
So, what exactly is the key to pulling off such a look? Well, more is more. Don’t stress about the stares and glares of jealous bystanders. Patterned is better. Ripped is better. And, one can never go wrong with a sleek pair of high top sneakers.
But you don’t really want to hear all this from me. So instead, let’s dive into fashion with the two sisters that know it better than most; Ella and Ainslie White.
When I first talked to the White twins, I wanted to start up from the basics: where did their inspiration for style originate? To my surprise, the two had very similar answers, stating that most of their inspiration came from models and designers.
Ella: “I always love to see what Gigi Hadid and Kendall Jenner are wearing, not only on the runway but on streets of New York and LA.“
Ainslie: “Sofia Richie, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, and Madison Beer have such cool style. They take popular trends and just completely amplify them, which personally I admire.“
It’s pretty clear that the White’s take their looks seriously; investing time into finding inspiration for tomorrow’s outfit. But, do they ever come across the issue of dressing similarly?
Ella: “I do believe Ainslie and I have similar style. We both like to be casual, but we also like to add some edginess or our own personal touch to make the outfit more unique.“
Ainslie: “I definitely think we have, in a way, similar style. We share clothes! But I do think my style is a little edgier than Ella’s.”
It didn’t come as a surprise when Ella and Ainslie said that they had a similar style. After all, they are sisters. However, with the two dressing so distinctly, I wanted to find out if there was a reason why. So, I asked the two what stigmas and or struggles they might battle with their choice of dress?
Ella: “I always struggle with a dress. I like to look very chic and sophisticated so with that, I like to make sure that the dress isn’t too bland. There has to be something special like a cut-out to make it more fun.”
Ainslie: “I don’t exactly choose what to wear based on fighting stigmas and stereotypes. If anything, I think as a school, we’ve almost overcome the preppy stereotype.”
There’s a story behind every unique look. Both Ella and Ainslie put together outfits that others would never think to construct, and how could I not want to uncover the process? I went on to asking the two how they thought outside the box when creating their everyday looks.
Ella: “When thinking outside the box I always go for patterns, especially in pants to make the outfit stand out more. I like to make my look different from others.”
Ainslie: “I like to stand out more with style than anything, which can be kind of hard since a lot of people in our school have great style. I try to take more risks in my dress, but in means of thinking outside the box, I try not to stick to the same mainstream things. I always turn to social media for new looks.”
Aside from thinking creatively in the process of putting together an outfit, I asked the two where they got their original inspiration to dress fashionably and or different from the norm.
Ella: “Following designers, models, and blogs on Instagram has had a big impact on my style because when I see what they post I like to follow the trends they are putting out.”
Ainslie: “My inspiration for fashionable dress probably came from looking at my friends and celebrities online who I think have really cool style.”
Not only do models attract a huge social media crowd, but designers do as well. As seen in Ella and Ainslie’s comments, they look to designers for their style inspiration. Whether it’s the latest line of clothing or up and coming trend, the two know where to look when searching for a muse.
Ella: “My favorite designers would probably be Victoria Beckham, Rachael Zoe, and Alexander Wang. Each designers is very unique, however, they are also all classy with a bit of edge which I like.”
Ainslie: “My favorite designers are Tyler Lambert and Rumi Neely because they take original pieces of clothing that were cool in the past, and put more detail into them. They create a whole new trend.”
Not only do each of those designers have a unique twist on fashion, but they also each create different articles of clothing. And to be honest, it’s hard to choose just one favorite. But when it all comes down to it, we all have that one signature, must-have item.
Ella: “My must-have item would be patterned or ripped skinny jeans. They are fun and add a unique factor to your outfit. I also love platform and hightop sneakers because they are unique and fun, just like the jeans.”
Ainslie: “My must-have article of clothing is blue ripped jeans, but my must-have accessory is my necklace which spells my name. I also love to accessorize with a beanie.”
The White sisters first grabbed my attention in our schools highly anticipated yearly Fashion Show, more specifically, though, they’re choice of dress. The two, dressed head to toe with style and idiosyncrasy, caught the eyes of every individual. Due to their capability to portray their individuality through their fashion, I felt that both Ella and Ainslie deserved an article dedicated to their style profile.
Ella: “I think your outfit shows a lot about who you are as a person, for example, your personality. So, just show who you are and be unique and express yourself through clothing.”
Ainslie: “I wear leggings more than half the week, but I give props to those who step up their daily looks.”
Sophomores like Ella and Ainslie don’t usually garner the bulk of attention compared to high-spirited, well-dressed seniors, but these fashion-forward twins are giving us seniors a run for our money when it comes to everyday vogue looks.