Atlanta Fashion Series X

Model: Lindsey Dish, The Belted Pear

Lindsey is a native Atlantan, who is the voice behind the blog The Belted Pear. On her blog, she shares her love for vintage fashion, thrifting, and traveling. Her Instagram (@lindseydish) is full of vibrant colors and wanderlust adventures. I recently had the pleasure of meeting with Lindsey to discuss Atlanta, fashion and thrifting, travel, and some of her personal interests. 

TR: What do you love most about Atlanta?

The people and the access to a variety of different activities! Literally every weekend there is something to do that would pique anyone’s interests – I have a hard time deciding what to do! I feel like that even though it’s a big city with art, music, festivals & fabulous dining it still has a small-town feel to it. I can strike up a friendly conversation with someone at the dog park at Piedmont, for instance.

TR: What is your favorite part of town or attraction?

The Beltline. It’s got art, nature, food & booze in the middle of the city. I literally don’t know what else you need!

TR: What is the most memorable city you’ve visited?

I lived in Korea for 3 years and for me, it’s one of the most amazing times in my life. Sartorially, it pushed and excited me for many reasons – Korea has many AMAZING thrift stores and the possibilities of inspiring pieces are endless – I would buy them and think, I have no idea how to wear this or where to wear this…? But I would always figure out a way! Also Korea’s fashion style is more dressy than American’s, so I loved being able to get dressed up just on a normal Wednesday & no one think twice about it. Finding clothes in my size was a challenge (most clothing stores are “one size fits all”) so through creativity & clothing swaps with my fellow expats I was able to branch out of my fashion-comfort zone.

TR: What are your thoughts on the fashion scene in Atlanta?

I love Atlanta Fashion because I see influences being pulled from everywhere! I think people from the South aren’t afraid of showing a little skin, or wearing bright colors & prints. I love seeing so many different shapes & sizes, but in well-put together outfits. And I also love seeing different “genres” of fashion being mixed into one outfit – kente cloth with rocker-style studded boots, basketball jerseys with lace skirts… the possibilities are endless to see here in Atlanta!

TR: Do you have a favorite thrift store in Atlanta?

I like all the Goodwill stores in affluent suburbs. The more boring & unassuming a thrift store is – the cheaper it is! I think Atlanta has got a lot of good 2nd hand shops but it can be hit-or-miss for me.

TR: What is the inspiration behind your blog The Belted Pear and how long have you been blogging?

I started my blog when I felt there was just a lull in my life – I was getting bored with just going to work & doing the same thing. I had this creative itch that I needed to fulfill.

I had been blogging about 2 years but when I moved back home from Asia, I took a hiatus from blogging; there was just so much going on in my personal life. I’m hoping to get back into it soon because I really miss it!

TR: What do you enjoy the most about blogging and the creative process?

I love seeing a project come to life from beginning to finish. Every idea starts differently – a piece of clothing, a cool site, an image that inspires me to create my own version… and then I love seeing the finished product of my idea come to life. I also love connecting with other people that also share my love for a colorful & fun aesthetic – that was an aspect of blogging & Instagramming that I wasn’t expecting! 

TR: How would you describe your personal style and is there a person who is a fashion inspiration to you?

My personal style is feminine, 1950’s inspired, a bit quirky & always colorful.

TR: What are some of your current fashion obsessions?

COLOR. Color all the time. Even though we’re going into fall, I cannot give up all the bold summer colors. I’m exciting about tights season so that soon I can wear my bold colored tights with my summer dresses & cardigans. 

TR: Do you have a favorite clothing item or accessory?

I just found 2 beautiful pieces at the thrift store that I can’t get enough of. One is a turquoise cardigan that has sequins on the shoulders – it’s literally what a mermaid would wear in the winter. I also found this white raw silk fit & flair dress (complete with lined petticoat), with an exquisite blue turquoise watercolor print on it – it’s so girly, dreamy & retro.  But I think the item I get the most wear out of is my white cardigan with black polka dots. If you get one, it will change your life (and your wardrobe!)

TR: What's your favorite color to wear?

All the colors! But currently, my spirit color is turquoise.

TR: What is a personal truth or rule you hold when it comes to fashion?

Never ever let anyone else dictate what you should wear. I hear women say, Am I too old to wear this? I really like this but I think it’s unflattering. Am I too fat too wear this? It this too slutty? Is this not slutty enough?

The older I get, the less I care about making anyone else happy but me – ESPECIALLY when it comes to my clothes. I wear shirts that show off my back fat rolls, Hello Kitty purses & dresses that make me look like a potato, but also make me feel happy & comfy. 

TR: Outside of traveling and thrifting, what are some of your other interests or hobbies?

I paint with watercolor, read ravenously, kayak & hike, Netflix binge and I love to be involved in my local community – I volunteer at festivals & at the Atlanta Animal & Pet Rescue, I’m part of a brunch club & a corn hole league.

TR: What's your favorite book?

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, World War Z by Max Brooks, White Oleander by Janet Fitch, and Harry Potter & The Murder Room by Michael Capuzzo.

TR: What's your favorite music artist?

Rilo Kiley

TR: Favorite film?

Closer, Head Over Heels, any Baz Luhrmann film, The Skin I Live In, Avatar, Marie Antoinette, and Bridget Jone’s Diary.

TR: Favorite quote?

"Never say no to adventure."

 

Outfit Details: All items thrifted. 

 

Images provided by Benjamin A. Pete for BE Atlanta . All rights reserved.