For the fall 2015 issue of inMagazine, we sat down Q&A style with Julie Canty, owner of Thrifty Kids, who shared with us her very wise, sweet, and often hilarious fashion advice. Below is the full interview and photos that weren’t featured in the magazine.
in: What’re you wearing today?
JC: I’ll be totally honest with you and tell you that everything I’m wearing, I got at my store except for my bra and my underwear and my hair tie and my jewelry. But I have on an extremely comfortable T-Shirt that my husband hates because he says it shows too much of my girls. I feel like with my size it’s easier to balance the body by showing a little bit more neck. It kind of throws off the hips a little bit so I like a lower cut top. It’s a silk, which is really nice when it gets hot. I’m wearing Silver jeans. They tend to have the better fit with a better cotton-denim blend and they don’t seem to stretch out as much as some of those other ones. Then I have on a pair of Aeropostale sandals that zip up the back.
in: Where do you shop?
JC: If I’m shopping for myself, I have a very limited fashion wardrobe at this moment because like most women my age after four kids you’re always aspiring to have a different figure so you don’t want to spend a lot of money. So I do tend to buy a lot of my clothes at Thrifty Kids. Primarily because I know it’s going to be good brands, good quality, no stains and great prices. If I am going to buy at a department store, I’m a go-to athletic wear person so I find there’s better sales at Penny’s. I love buying sweaters and some tops at Lucette’s here in town. I love buying accent pieces at Yellow Umbrella. I think that they’re both great stores. Shannon’s has some phenomenal scarves. So I do hit the boutiques here in town for certain pieces.
in: If you had an unlimited amount of money to spend on one fashion-related thing, what would it be?
JC: Jewelry. Jewelry or accessories. If I could put that in one hole and call it accessories that that’s my unlimited money. I love accent pieces. I think they really hone in on styles.
in: Who are your style icons?
JC: I’ve always admired Audrey Hepburn. I think she’s been classic and timeless. If I had to bring it into today’s world, I go back to being a mom and there’s a fine line between being frumpy and being kind of still bold, but class at the same time without wearing yoga pants everyday with your hair in a ponytail. So I think I look at people like Reese Witherspoon and even like an Angelina Jolie, who tends to be a little on the goth side.
in: What’s the most daring thing you’ve worn?
JC: I have a dress right now and it’s kind of like my go-to hot 95-100 degree summer day dress that does have a big plunging neckline so it would not be something I would wear to work. It would not be something I’d wear to pick my kids up and go to an orchestra concert, but out on the boat. It’s a flowy dress.
in: If you could trade closets with someone, who would it be?
JC: Honestly, just for one day though. If I had to do it permanently, I don’t really know who that person would be because I feel like my style fits with a lot of people but if for one day, Lisa Vanderpump. In a heartbeat. She’s got the greatest shoes and classies dresses. She’s got a lot of pink though and I’m not a big pink girl but I would do it maybe for one day.
in: Where do you seek style inspiration?
JC: My girls. My staff. I love to people watch. I could do it all day long. My channels that I go to on TV are Bravo, E!. I get emails from US Weekly everyday.
in: What’s your signature look?
JC: I would say on an everyday basis, I definitely will have my hair pulled back in some fashion. I like to wear layers because I don’t necessarily know where my next moment’s going to take me with four kids. So I could be waiting for somebody for something and it could rain or get cold but I definitely do a lot of athletic looks and I would say I always have layers and my hair up.
in: What’s always in your handbag?
JC: There’s always a book. There’s always a cell phone. There is usually shout wipes. Someone could spill on me and I don’t want to have a stain if I have to talk to a customer. A lipgloss or a chapstick. A wallet. I do have diaper. Yes, I have a one-year-old. Receipts and car keys.
in: What’s your fashion philosophy?
JC: Be bold and be daring when you can because there will come a time in your life when you think you can’t. So I think that’s what’s important is if you feel like you want to wear it, wear it. But always have someone who will be honest with you before you walk out the door.
JC: I know exactly what it was and I wore it too. It’s funny to think back but the 90s were a different time. It was a red, silk, red, red, red, red, red, button-down, collar shirt with big cuffs and a red, silk, long to the ground Ralph Lauren skirt with a velvet, like almost cumberbun on it and I wore this as an outfit to work with red lipstick. Looking back, no one said anything to me so it must have worked. It was hot! And I wasn’t dressed as the devil that day for work. I literally went to work for a show. It was the tribute to the rat pack. I remember that weekend like it was yesterday. I haven’t thought about that in a long time.
in: Heels or flats?
JC: It was heels. I ran a bar for eight years, a jazz bar in downtown Minneapolis and I was never without a two-and-a-half, three-inch heel. Never. And now I wear flats.
in: What’s your favorite fall trend?
JC: Scarves. Scarves and boot cuffs. So I’ve got kind of a tie like I’m a big fan of boots. I probably own six pairs of my own. I don’t like the man-made leather. I think it’s a total mean thing that they’ve done to us, but the price tag on the real leather can kind of scare some people, but I had a pair of real leather boots. They zipped up in the back for 12 years and they were pricey but I got my money out of them. But I love scarves and I love boot cuffs.
in: What’s your favorite thing in your closet right now?
JC: If those boots weren’t broken, I would have told you that. But, yeah, they just broke so I’m kind of heartbroken about that. I’d have to say I have one go-to scarf of mine that, you know, as the weather starts to change you can wear it with T-Shirts, you can wear it with long sleeves, you can put it on with a coat and it just works with everything. It’s a blend of turquoise and a beige, a little bit of gray, a tiny bit of brown. So it really works with those
earth tones that are in everybody’s closet.
Side Note: We also asked Julie the meaning behind her three beautiful tattoos: