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A Week of Outfits: Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman

A Week of Outfits: Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman From Call Your Girlfriend

Do you listen to the podcast Call Your Girlfriend? Hosted by best friends Aminatou Sow (in Brooklyn) and Ann Friedman (in L.A.), it’s the shining star of my playlist. Amina, a media strategist, and Ann, a journalist, offer the funniest, smartest realtalk about pop culture, politics and whatever’s top of mind on the internet. Maybe it’s no surprise that they have awesome style, too. We recently got together in Ann’s Echo Park neighborhood to check out five looks they wore in a week…

A Week of Outfits: Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman From Call Your Girlfriend On Ann — Denim jacket: vintage, similar. Marigold top: vintage, similar. Mud cloth pants, brass cuff and belt: vintage. Sandals: Birkenstock. Sunglasses: Lura.
On Amina — Top: Llulo. Skirt: vintage, similar. Denim jacket: vintage, similar. Sunglasses: Khaleda Rajab.

What is your favorite thing to wear these days?
Ann: I was day-drinking with Amina in Brooklyn once, when — four rosés later — we walked out of the bar and it was freeeezing. We stopped into Beacon’s Closet so I could buy a cheap layer. I ended up finding the world’s most perfect denim jacket, which I keep patching so I can wear it forever. Tipsy thrifting is my Olympic sport.
Amina: The sunglasses I’m wearing were a birthday gift from my sister. I left for boarding school when I was 15 and we haven’t lived under the same roof for almost two decades. We’re not not big gift givers and we have pretty different styles so I was nervous when I got a shipping notification from Net-a-Porter. I’m a hard person to shop for, especially with accessories, but my sister nailed it. I felt so loved and seen.

A Week of Outfits: Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman From Call Your Girlfriend

Necklace: vintage, similar. Enamel pins: “Slayoncé” from Beyoncé concert, and “The Bleed” from the Call Your Girlfriend store. Lipstick: Nars in Heat Wave.

A Week of Outfits: Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman From Call Your Girlfriend

Lipstick: Bobbi Brown Crushed in Plum.

Is that a bathing suit worn as a top?
Amina: Yes! People have so many feelings about what fat women wear, and they can be judgmental about tight clothing, but I don’t believe in following someone else’s dumb rules for how I dress. Every piece in my closet is a workhorse. If I like the print or texture of a swimsuit, that sucker’s gonna get repurposed as a top. This one from Llulo is especially wonderful.

Do you have any tips for finding great plus-size pieces?
Amina: To quote our podcast friend Virgie Tovar, ‘The tag says no but the stretch says YES!’ That’s my mantra for clothing this body. Try on lots of different stuff; don’t just stick to plus-size stores (I check Of a Kind every day and I love Oxosi, 69, Mr. Larkin and Ssense.) Plus-size fashion has come a long way but it can still be disappointing in terms of price, options and quality. That said, I am happy to shop from Mei Smith, Elvi and Lane Bryant’s designer collections. I can’t wait to see Danielle Brooks’s collab with Universal Standard. She’s a total babe with great style. Eileen Fisher plus-size is my happiest place and honestly why I care so much about the gender pay gap. Fuck you, pay me so I can afford all of the relaxed, slouchy looks I so richly deserve. Lastly, good ol’ Nordies is my steady for all sorts of occasions.

A Week of Outfits: Amina and Ann From Call Your Girlfriend

A Week of Outfits: Amina and Ann From Call Your Girlfriend

On Amina — Dress: Asos Curve. Sandals: J. Crew, similar. Eyeglasses: Coastal. Bracelet: Tactile Matter.
On Ann — Dress: Osei-Duro. Mules: Intentionally Blank. Belt: vintage luggage strap. Bracelet: Tactile Matter.

What are your go-to stores, Ann?
Ann: I just visited Australia, where I wanted to buy every single item at Alpha60 and checked out a great woman-owned shop called Limb. I’m obsessed with my Miranda Bennett knot dress, and I really like her Instagrams on the process behind her natural-dyed clothing. I also own approximately one million Baggu bags. When I travel, I bring several nested within each other — a move I like to call ‘Baggu inception.’

A Week of Outfits: Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman From Call Your Girlfriend

On Amina — Dress: Teresa Missoni for Eloquii. Lips pin: Realm. Bag: Of a Kind. Scarf tied on handbag: vintage (gift from Ann). Bracelet: Tactile Matter. Navy sandals: Stuart Weitzman.
On Ann — Dress: Handmade by Ann. Denim jacket: vintage, similar. Gold booties: Modern Vice, similar. Clutch: Baggu.

Ann, are there challenges or special powers that come with being tall?
Ann: It’s definitely challenging, but I’ve lived in this 6’2″ body since I was 13, so I’m pretty good at shopping for it by now. Bodies are different (no one is ‘the norm!’) and everyone has their quirks. I confess that cropped styles frustrate me because when items are designed to be cropped on others they are obscenely, unwearably short on me. In many ways, though, I’m grateful that traditional stores don’t cater to me, because it’s led me to develop not-too-shabby sewing abilities. I hosted a clothing swap this year, and two friends brought the same Wacky Wacko shirt, so I scooped them both up and Frankensteined them into this dress.

How can we adopt your expert thrifting skills?
Ann: My top tips are: 1. Before you go thrifting, pull out a few items that fit you perfectly from your own closet and assess what they look like lying flat (this will help you hone your eye so you can tell what will fit you when you’re considering it in the store. Tags are useless), and 2. Once you’re at a thrift store, take the time to look at EVERY item (really, it’s meditative) to find the gems.

A Week of Outfits: Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman From Call Your Girlfriend

On Amina — Faux leather leggings: Eloquii. Blouse: Miranda Bennett Studio. Booties: Nine West.
On Ann — Trousers: vintage, similar. Sweater: Everlane. Booties: Modern Vice, similar.

What’s your strategy on splurges versus steals?
Amina: I don’t mind spending a bit more if I love something. I inherited that from my mom. We didn’t have a lot of money growing up but she always managed to be impeccably dressed. When I fixate on an item, I’ll wear it until the threads wear out.
Ann: I live for a bargain. These trousers, which I found in the men’s section of a London charity shop, hit at the exact right spot on my hip, so I can pair them with just about any top in my closet. They’re easy to dress up or down, and they don’t wrinkle in a suitcase — shout out to Italian businessman brands from the 80s! They are definitely not the most exciting thing I own, but they are sooo reliable, inexpensive and I am already panicking about what happens when they wear out, because they are — Beyoncé voice — irreplaceable.

A Week of Outfits: Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman From Call Your Girlfriend

On Amina — Bodysuit: Cosabella. Denim jacket: vintage (borrowed from Ann), similar. Black mini skirt: American Apparel, similar. Sunglasses: Khaleda Rajab. Booties: Nine West.
On Ann — Black bodysuit: Long Tall Sally. Jeans: vintage, similar. Shoes: Alpha 60. Sunglasses: Karen Walker.

Do you ever wonder what the other is wearing when you’re recording Call Your Girlfriend from different cities?
Ann: We each record at home, which means I always assume we’re both wearing leggings or sweatpants, a T-shirt and no bra.
Amina: Forever free-boobin’!

Since you guys travel so much for work, do you have any packing tips?
Amina: I finally invested in a handheld steamer and I’m never going back. I also use packing cubes, which help fit so much more in your bag. And I like to bring a familiar scent from home (right now, it’s this delicious perfume oil).

A Week of Outfits: Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman From Call Your Girlfriend

This dress look is blowing my mind. Where do you wear it?
Amina: It’s actually a skirt-bodysuit combo! I’m a pretty modest dresser overall but I’m powerless when it comes to sheer tops. I love them. I’d wear this to meet for drinks or go to a dinner party.

A Week of Outfits: Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman From Call Your Girlfriend

Finally, what are some of your overall style philosophies?
Ann: One reason I enjoy wearing things I thrifted or sewed is that no one else can buy the same item. I’ve made them my own. I think this is partly a response to having grown up attending Catholic schools — I’ve always loathed a dress code.
Amina: I firmly believe that everything in your closet should fit you right now, not some aspirational body you’re hoping to have one day. I regularly purge anything that doesn’t fit or that I haven’t worn in a while. I do the hanger trick and it WORKS. Also, I dress exclusively for myself, but nothing can change one’s day around like a woman you’ve never met before complimenting your outfit in the restroom. Those women are the best women and we should all be like them.

Thank you so much, Amina and Ann!

P.S. More women share their go-to outfits.

(Photos by Nicki Sebastian for Cup of Jo.)

  1. Megan S. says...

    Love to see some of my favorite women SHINING together! Great feels.

  2. Robin says...

    Omg these ladies! <3 <3 <3

  3. I LOVE them.

  4. This is so sweet!! I must admit I’m also extra excited because I have a newborn daughter named Amina :)

    • Lexi Mainland says...

      Love that name choice!

  5. Paige says...

    I LOVE ANN + AMINA!!! <3 <3 <3

  6. Mali says...

    Definitely my favourite “Week of Outfits” post ever! They have such fun,colourful style. I can imagine their friendship and podcast is exactly the same way.

  7. Agh so quirky and fun! Am definitely checking out their podcast!

  8. Meg says...

    This is my favorite Week of Outfits yet! I smiled and laughed throughout the post. These two inspired me to have more confidence and fun, while not giving me an inferiority complex for not fitting into the repetitive tropes for women’s fashion so often featured on lifestyle and style blogs. I also came away with a new favorite podcast. Thank you!

  9. Joy Miller says...

    Really love these two. Such style.

  10. Lula says...

    Just catching up on all the CoJ posts i’ve missed (had a hella busy week) and I could not be more happy to see this! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Call Your Girlfriend podcast. I wish I could go out day drinking rosé with these two queens!

  11. love love love these two and the Call your girlfriend podcast! Thanks for the post!

  12. Sara says...

    Great to see brands from my side of the equator profiled! I looooove Alpha60 (there’s a store dangerously close to my office in Melbourne – love everything, every season). You both have fantastic style and I’m keen to check out the podcast now.

  13. Bel says...

    This is amazing!! Go girls <3

  14. Thanks for the reminder that it’s okay to be FUN when getting dressed (I’m in a rut)! Also, I’m def the one who compliments other women when they’re killin’ it, and I’ve always wondered if it’s appreciated or if it’s sorta creepy?? No one talks to each other anymore unless they know each other so ya never know, right? So unfortunate. Glad to have some positive reinforcement on that.

  15. Rachel says...

    My favorite outfit post so far! Love them!

  16. Lauren says...

    THANK YOU for featuring two of my favorite women I’ve never met. I’ve been a CYG listener since episode one and I could hear their voices and tones in this interview! Love the ladies, the style, and the emphasis on vintage.

  17. This post makes me want to sew, go thrifting, splurge a little, and be fashionable! Love the fun, quirky fashion. So cute!

  18. YESSSS! To it all!

  19. Bets says...

    I started listening to Call your Girlfriend last year after it was recommended on your blog. Listening to Ann and Amina is the highlight of my week! Loving this post so much!

  20. Katie says...

    This one made me smile. ?
    Also, YES, YES, YES to the women complimenting women on their style. Whenever I see a woman whose style I admire, I often think it in my head and don’t say it out loud, but I’m really going to make more of an effort to tell them! It always makes me feel like a queen when I get a compliment and I want to repay that favor more often.

  21. Ashley says...

    ah I just love these two women! Their podcast is so refreshing and smart and funny and of course they have great style. Thanks for sharing!!

  22. t says...

    This post really made me happy. These women radiate warmth and humor and strength.

    And Amina looks AMAZEBALLS in that Teresa Missoni for Eloquii dress!

  23. LINDSAY says...

    I adore these ladies – what a great post!

  24. Gen says...

    Yes to women complimenting randomly encountered women, Amina! My fav to give and receive!

  25. I love Call Your Girlfriend so much that I gasped out loud when I saw this! Thank you so much for profiling Ann and Amina, two of my personal heroines. <3

  26. Emily C says...

    CoJ ladies, could you do a tutorial on different shirt tucks? I realize I could be the only one who doesn’t have it figured out, but I feel like interesting tucks are total game changers, but I have no idea how to do them and make it look good!

    • CC says...

      yes please!

    • Ella says...

      YES!! Would love this was just thinking I’d love to do more skirts with tucked shirts but I don’t know how to do it!

    • Ditto to this! I am especially loving the twist-tuck thing that Ann did with the striped shirt and the Italian 80s businessman trousers. How do I do that?

  27. Lucy says...

    Totally agree re. getting a compliment from a female stranger, I can hold on to those for days. I love giving them out as well.

    • Katy says...

      Yes! This is the best. And yet I feel uncomfortable approaching people to do the same… must get better at that.

  28. Bec says...

    Love this post and their outlook on clothes, fashion & life. Such a refreshing and honest view.

    “Eileen Fisher plus-size is my happiest place and honestly why I care so much about the gender pay gap. Fuck you, pay me so I can afford all of the relaxed, slouchy looks I so richly deserve.”

    So well said. Thank you!

    • Rae says...

      That quote was my favorite quote from the whole, fabulous post as well! Love the quote, love the clothes, love them! Can’t wait to try out the podcast.

  29. Alex says...

    AH fangirling so hard right now!! These women are my fashion stylist, my best friend and my career coach all in two :)

    • Kelly says...

      No kidding! Samesies!! They are SO BAD-ASS. I’m in love!!

  30. Tara says...

    Great post! Now I’m off to check out their podcast!

  31. Alex says...

    SO. IN. LOVE. Also the way they are both wearing their shirts on day 4 is downright inspiring. The twisted half-tuck on Ann!! GENIUS

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i hadn’t even noticed that! good call! such amazing women in all ways.

  32. Michelle says...

    ooh. the backwards hanger trick – thank you!

  33. Karen says...

    I love them and their podcast!

  34. Meg says...

    Thank you for introducing me to these two!

  35. Dana says...

    Small world, I just heard their podcast today. They are a blast to listen to.

  36. Lauren says...

    Love! One request/suggestion for the future though: When featuring beautiful plus-size ladies (as I’ve noticed you have been doing more lately, bravo!), please link the “similar” styles to clothing thats available in plus sizes! As a size 18/20 lady, it felt exclusionary to see beautiful styles featured here, and then be linked to clothing that only comes in S-L (or even XL). Thanks!

  37. Jen says...

    I love them. Amina is my new girl crush. Hey fat girls do think alike we both use our swimsuits tops as shirts. Hey why not lol not only that we shop similar. Mei Smith is a fav. I love friends like Ann and Amina. Gives hope for the judgemental world around us.

  38. Jen says...

    Yaaaassss! Love CYG.

    (Where are all the caftans?!)

  39. “nothing can change one’s day around like a woman you’ve never met before complimenting your outfit in the restroom. Those women are the best women and we should all be like them.”

    SO right!!

    • Kate says...

      Ha, totally agree!

  40. A girl crush is rare for me, but two at one time?! Whoa.

  41. Elle says...

    Geeking out over here over my Amina and Ann fandom. I thought it had peaked, but new peak with this post. I love them and their brilliant badass take-no-bullshit-in-comfortable-and-responsibly-made-clothing feminist friendship so much.

    • Malina says...

      Couldn’t have said it better myself!

  42. Mara says...

    Does anyone else swear by packing cubes? I’ve been on the verge of buying them for years now (based on reviews), but what’s holding me back is assuming that if you roll things tightly into the cubes, why can’t you just do the same in an open suitcase? Or is it the separation/organization that you’re after?

    Great post, thank you!!

    • Meredith Leigh says...

      I use them and love them. I think if you travel 4 or more times per year, you’ll find them a worthwhile purchase. For short trips I pack two in a carry-on roller bag and that’s enough—four compartments. I usually do one for underwear/sleep/active wear and then one for tops and bottoms. I don’t know that it necessarily gives you more space (although it feels that way), but it definitely keeps things more organized.

    • Lauren says...

      For me it’s more about separating out categories of clothing, or different family members’ stuff, God I love packing cubes.

    • Pam says...

      I swear by packing cubes. They are pretty cheap on Amazon and they really do allow you to fit so much more and stay organized. Yes, you probably could just roll things tightly in the open suitcase but imagine the nightmare of trying to find something in it. Also, the cubes help things stay wrinkle-free because they can’t really shift around in the open suitcase.

    • I swear by packing cubes. The compression ones (with double zippers) really do help conserve space (Eagle Creek makes a great one), and a single zippered one are ideal for grouping items (underwear, tops, workout) in others. AWAY’s are pretty great, but my all-time favorite is the FLIGHT001 SpacePak, which also has a laundry section.

    • Aya says...

      I’ve been using my same cubes for about a dozen years and swear by them. They keep things neat, organized and help me stay aware of how much I’m bringing. I use a double-sided one for my clothes (bottoms rolled on one side, tops on the other) and a regular one for accessories (socks, undies, belt, swim suit etc). I think of them as drawers. I never have to search around for anything and it’s easy to get dressed. They’re especially helpful for multi-stop trips.

    • Sarah says...

      YES!!! Let this chorus convince you! I was also skeptical about them being necessary but I bought them before a two week trip and now I will never ever not travel with packing cubes. I think they way they create space is they compress inside the cube, so you end up with less bulging suitcase-syndrome? Plus, when you go to get something out of your suitcase, you just get it out of your cube and it zip back up and replace, and, boom, tidy suitcase restored! Travel steamer is next on my list!

    • Kelly says...

      Thanks for asking this question — I was wondering that very same thing and I have had those damn packing cubes in my Amazon wish list FOREVER. Thanks to all these women for your responses! I think I’m going to bite the bullet and buy them!

    • Mara says...

      Yes, thank you all for answering this question! Seems super worthwhile. I also have had these cubes in my Amazon wish list for far too long. Now, it’s time!

    • Jessica says...

      I know someone who packs a full outfit in each cube! Genius!! Also bring an old pillowcase to use as a dirty clothes bag (it can go straight in the washer). And I get my packing cubes at IKEA.

    • Benita says...

      Ladies – buy the cubes! A decade ago I got a set so I could fit 3 weeks of clothes into a normal sized backpack to travel around Europe. I credit the cubes with making this possible. 10 years later I am using the same set from Eagle Creek – they still look great! Recently I bought a set for each family member, each set in a different color. This has helped us stay organized on family trips. PS – I’ve tried a few different brands and keep going back to Eagle Creek.

  43. Alina says...

    Ha! I looove the comment about women who give compliments in the restroom- I honestly think I am that person because I always love it when someone does it for me!! They are cute and unique, and this was a good interview, thanks.

  44. Abby says...

    Much like many of the ladies here, l can’t even be objective here about the interview (though it is great!) because I’m such a CYG/Ann & Amina (& Gina!) fangirl. So psyched about this.

    When they announced their Hillary interview, l ran around the house in excitement and told my husband and then told him AGAIN because l didn’t think he was excited enough in response. It was like my BFF got to interview Hillary!!

    • Abby says...

      PS it made me excited (and sad all over again, ugh) that Hillary seemed really excited to meet Amina too.

  45. Suzanne says...

    I <3 <3 <3 Ann & Amina so much.

    I recently saw them in person when they did their live show in Minneapolis and I am such a shine theory-loving nerd that I started crying when I saw them on stage.

    They are true icons – fashion and otherwise.

    I love that you featured them here!!!

  46. Monica says...

    Ann: those trousers ARE awesome, but definitely not irreplaceable! Discover a tailor/seamstress with mad skills in both choosing fabric and sewing (I swear they exist!) and get a couple of those babies made to fit ;)

    • I’m totally gonna do this!

  47. APM says...

    CYG! Love, love.

  48. Reg says...

    My favorite podcast. Love seeing this side of them!

  49. Amy says...

    Cup of Jo keeps me supplied with quality travel tips! I bought a handheld steamer after Caroline recommended it, I just bought the packing cubes Amina has, and I have a Lo and Sons weekender (Catalina) which I adore. Point being, thank you! <3

  50. It is now clear to me that my wardrobe will be subpar until I find a perfect denim jacket. Love these two!

  51. Renee Reichart says...

    Knowing their voices from the podcast, I read this as if we were in conversation. So great! Thank you for featuring these awesome women!

    • YES!!

  52. Katherine says...

    I love them and their smiles and posing! Hooray for fun ladies :D

  53. Meghan says...

    LOVE this. Never listened to their podcast but the BFF vibes are so real. I don’t live in the same city as my best girlfriends anymore but when I did we were ALL about casual matching. Matching colour schemes or silhouettes (or both, when we were feeling less casual). I love that they have the same bracelet.

    ALSO I would love love love to see a week of outfits from the amazing Mari Andrews. I’m obsessed with the outfits she posts on Instagram every so often and I want to see more. Please!

  54. I’m so with Ann on thrifting and sewing

  55. Em says...

    Yes to taking your time while thrifting! It’s so easy to walk into the store, become overwhelmed by the messy clothing racks, claim they don’t have “anything good,” and leave with nothing.

    There’s an art to going through the racks piece by piece, pulling them out, giving them a once over, etc. By doing so you’ll hone your style, find some great pieces, and leave a bag o’ stuff.

  56. Kate says...

    Agh, these ladies are my FAVORITE! I’m so excited to see them featured here. **worlds collide**

  57. Kathryn says...

    My favorite women!!! Thank you for featuring these talented, funny gals. I literally squeaked when opening this post.

  58. Katie says...

    I’m so surprised to see CupOfJo gloss over the NYC attack this week…is there a reason for this?

  59. THIS IS A DREAM POST!!! I literally gasped when i saw the title. I love Ann and Amina!!! I usually listen to CYG while I’m cooking on weekend afternoons, because I can’t help but respond verbally to them/laugh out loud/sing along to the intro music and I don’t want to be THAT person on the subway.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha that is awesome, lindsay!

    • Maggie says...

      I want to know you/be your friend because of this post.

  60. Mer says...

    I must know where that butt pin is from.

    • It was a gift from a friend of mine in Baltimore, where she bought it at a print fair. It’s by an artist named Caleb Moore– I couldn’t find it for purchase online though. The other tiny pin is a walrus—vintage!—that was given to me by another Baltimore friend who runs a great online vintage shop called City Bone. She’s @citybonezone on Instagram.

  61. Katie says...

    Ahh thank you! I love these ladies so much.

    “Also, I dress exclusively for myself, but nothing can change one’s day around like a woman you’ve never met before complimenting your outfit in the restroom. Those women are the best women and we should all be like them.” — love this line. I’m going to start randomly complimenting in the bathroom more!!

  62. H says...

    yaaassss!!!! Amina and Ann!!! So cool to see them on here! I listen to their podcast religiously and they are some of my fave power ladies. I would love to see a skincare/self-care routine from them both as well! Also, based on her insta I feel that Amina has the inside scoop on hotels with the best pools and I’d like more info on that lol :D.

  63. Nykole says...

    Amina’s quote is so beautiful, so political, and so spot on: “Fuck you, pay me so I can afford all of the relaxed, slouchy looks I so richly deserve. ” Yes!!!

    • Anne says...

      YES! That is when I was like, “I definitely need to start listening to their podcast.”

    • Regina says...

      Agreed! I loved this line.

  64. ashley says...

    these women are so funny and dear and have beautiful style. really sweet post, thank you

  65. Jo says...

    I LOVE these girls and I LOVE their podcast. LOVE this post.

  66. Jasmine says...

    Love this feature!

  67. Kate says...

    This was my favorite installment of this series yet. They are both seem so great and I LOVE the fun photos :)

  68. Alexandra says...

    Two of my favorite women! If you haven’t already, highly highly highly recommend signing up for Ann’s newsletter (The Ann Friedman Weekly) and their joint monthly newsletter (called, of course, The Bleed). Both are chock full o’ links and articles that make me informed and angry and hopeful and most of all just make me feel not alone. Love both these ladies.

  69. Phoebe says...

    Yes! I got so excited to see Amina and Ann on this week’s outfit post. I’ve been listening to Call Your Girlfriend weekly for probably the last two years and it’s always one of my favorite podcasts!

  70. Jessica Moser says...

    I love their podcast and was so happy to see this post!

  71. aga says...

    This makes me want to listen to their podcast!

  72. KBM says...

    I am excited to start listening to this podcast! I always think it’s good to listen to the most current ep when starting a new podcast (a current events-based one anyway) but I wonder if they have a “must listen” episode list for new listeners? (or perhaps their fans do?)

    • You’re going to love it! Amina’s rundown of Kardashian news in past episodes are some of my favorite segments (sample quote: “Imma tell you what. I don’t trust Taylor Swift. I don’t trust Kanye West. I trust Kim Kardashian with my LIFE.” – Amina, ep 57), but it means you also need to relive the 2016 election, so… that’s a downside. I say go with recent eps (like from last 2 months) and don’t miss the interview with HRC (ep. 111)! That one is timeless :)

  73. Sarah says...

    Wow, you guys. I have so many good things to say about this one. First, I gotta listen to the podcast now. These women are so cool and funny. Second, as someone who loves to sew and make patterns for clothes that fit me, this makes me hungry to see what else Ann is making! I love the Disapproval Matrix on her website too, very true. I’m an Ann fan now!

  74. Nissa says...

    Hey, it’s fave podcast on my fave blog! Just the lunchtime pick-me-up I needed! Thanks for this!! Keep on shining ladies!

  75. I haven’t gotten into podcasts yet – but I feel like I might take the plunge with these two! They seem so cute and fun. Love this 2-for-1 post!

  76. Sarah says...

    Ok, so I am a loyal CYG listener. I already knew Ann and Amina were smart and funny, but now they’re insanely stylish too?? This almost seems unfair :)

    Thanks for featuring them!!

  77. Nikki says...

    Love this! I’ve never seen Amina and Ann, just listened to countless episodes. So much style and beauty!

  78. This was such an enjoyable post – I will definitely check these ladies out for their podcast! So much to love here. xoxo

  79. So much love for this feature! Haven’t heard of the two before, but they seem like owning voices I should like to listen to on my way to work! I really appreciate the little tips and tricks in the interviews in general and this one in particular. Will try the “laying out your favourite pieces before thriftshopping” and the hanger trick! I wholeheartedly agree with looking at every single items – so many gems to be found!

  80. Love love love the BFF 2-in-1 style post! Great to see how friends’ wardrobes relate to each other!

  81. brianna says...

    Adding their podcast to the rotation now. They both have amazing style.

  82. “Those women are the best women and we should all be like them.W

    OHHHH YESSSSS – and those two up there, are the very best!

  83. Ellen says...

    Soooooo good! I love all of the energy both of these ladies are throwing — the fashion, the friendship and bold and vivid presence. The last bit about Ann’s style totally hit home. I too was in Catholic plaid from 1st – 8th grade. By 8th I was accessorizing with fuchsia china flats and turquoise bandanas (it was the early 80s) ans I still love a good colorful or metallic shoe. It is refreshing when people have fun with what they wear, it’s a gift to others in both the delights it inspires and the freedom of expression it promotes. Favorite week of outfits.
    Was this the first time two friends have been featured together? That was great — you can see how they influence and enjoy one another. Time to give CYG a listen! Thanks CoJ

  84. Vanna says...

    I literally screamed when I saw the title of today’s post. I LOVE Ann and Amina! Listening to them on CYG over the years has helped me to love my body. Thanks for this!

  85. jeannie says...

    What a great post! Love these women!

  86. Kelly says...

    Yes! Love CYG! Great content!

  87. Ally says...

    These women exert the confidence and self appreciation in their podcast and their style that I strive for everyday. Love them.

  88. Love, love love! I love this article! <3 <3

  89. Christina says...

    So fun seeing my favorite podcast ladies on CupofJo! Love their styles. So unique, just like they are!

  90. So so so so so good! Love EVERY look and love Amina and Ann like they’re MY bffs :-)!!!

  91. Emily says...

    I love these women so much. Thank you for featuring them! They could not be more smart, snarky or fabulous and their friendship inspires me.

  92. Kelsey says...

    HECK YES. That’s all.

  93. YAAAAASSS

  94. Becca says...

    Loooove this! And them!!
    CYG is a consistent favorite on my podcast rotation.
    These ladies are so smart and hilarious and unfiltered.
    If they are the future, we are in good hands!
    xoxox

  95. Amy says...

    I am LOVING this feature, but also I need to know more information about that bomb dress Ann made (with the faces on it) — namely, can she please make one for me? ;)

    • Caitlin says...

      So happy to see these two women featured on Cup of Jo–and even happier to read about their commitment to thrifting, upcycling, and making. I’d be interested to see you feature more women with handmade wardrobes!

    • The truth is that dress wasn’t too hard because it’s made of two thick poly-blend t-shirts, which is a very forgiving stretch fabric to sew with. I took two matching tees I got at a clothing swap, turned the bigger one into a tube shape (basically, sheared off the sleeves and sewed up the side seam), then sewed it to the bottom of the smaller tee. The waist seam is definitely not perfect, but this is not the sort of dress that needs to be perfect. If you’re not into freestyle sewing, Wacky Wacko does sometimes sell dresses/skirts in fabulous prints like this: https://wackywacko.com/

  96. Meredith Leigh says...

    I would never have thought of gold booties as a versatile shoe, but Ann is proving me wrong. I love CYG and am so happy to see these two here! I also appreciate that neither one of them is a stereotypical body—thank you COJ for featuring ALL kinds of women!

  97. Anne says...

    This made my day. I saw Call your Girlfriend Live in Chicago just a week or so ago and it was amazing! So happy to see them here!

  98. lauren says...

    i haven’t even read the full post yet – i’m so excited to check out their style!! – but before i even start just wanted to let out a little fangirl SQUEE because i love Aminatou and Ann SO much and i’m glad (and not surprised) that you all do too! they are so awesome, and make me miss my west coast bestie! also love the idea of BFF style posts – so fun to see how they compliment each other!

  99. Tabatha says...

    Love the two of them so much!! Thank you for this. Just wondering….the dress that Ann is wearing with the faces says “handmade by Ann”, but is it possible it’s inspired by a Hunx & His Punx shirt?

    • Tabatha says...

      Whoops, just saw that it was a Wacky Wacko print. So good!

    • Yes, from Seth Bogart’s line Wacky Wacko! I own like 6 of his shirts.

  100. tessa says...

    i listen to CYG every week! thanks for featuring them!

  101. SN says...

    I ADORE CYG — these women are my heros. Perfection.

  102. Liz says...

    I love this series so much. So fun to see BFF style!!!

  103. Caroline says...

    I LOVE THIS SO GD MUCH

  104. Kate says...

    Sooooooooooooo good.

  105. Hannah says...

    Yay! I love CYG, so nice to see them featured! The podcast posts have led me to so many great shows. So fun to see the hosts featured!

  106. Alexandra says...

    These women seem so fabulous and I love their bright, fun style! I’m inspired by their warmth and humor. I would’ve loved to hear a little bit more about their friendship. Especially since I’m in a long distance friendship with a few of my best friends, I love hearing about how friends met and how they keep their connection alive! (Maybe that could be a future post, Jo? Long-distance friendships?)

    • Meagan says...

      Ditto!! More about long-distance friendships please. My closest friends are girls that live far away and it’s a big challenge (but worth it!) to maintain that closeness.

    • Just a nosy fellow commenter with a tip re: long distance friendships–download the Voxer app! It will change your life. My sister and I live only about 45 minutes away (I’m in L.A, she’s in Long Beach) but that might as well be 1,000 miles since we’re both working moms. We leave each other messages on Voxer every single day (like, 7-10 min. messages) and that way we are still totally in touch with each other’s lives. It’s amazing!

    • Alexandra says...

      Oo thank you Joy I will check that out!

  107. Lauren says...

    I LOVE call your girlfriend and just their general philosophies around everything, and also as it turns out, clothes.

  108. Joanna says...

    SO FUN. Thanks, Lexi!

  109. Hannah says...

    This has made my Thursday morning unequivocally happy. Thank you.

  110. Paige says...

    This is my favorite outfits post yet.

  111. Sarah says...

    CYG is my favorite podcast right now. I feel like it’s having an intimate, thoughtful conversation with my best friends on the important (and sometimes silly) issues on my mind.

    Thanks Joanna for showcasing them (and their fab fashion senses)!

  112. Emily says...

    I’m new to these girls and I have already fallen in love and learned so much from them. I’m an instant fan for sure!

  113. Amanda says...

    YAASSS! Favorite podcast, best two gals for “A Week of Outfis” , and favorite blog. Day made. Now only if it were Friday…

  114. Christine says...

    The blue-striped Teresa Missoni dress is like a dream come true. Love this week of outfits post! Also, as a former Catholic school kid, I totally agree with Ann about dress codes.

  115. GAH! Worlds collide – my fav podcast on my fav blog! Thank you for making my Thursday!

    Also… I have SO many tabs open…

    • Jody says...

      ha! me too on the open tabs :)

  116. Lex says...

    I CAN DIE HAPPY NOW!! THIS IS THE CONTENT I’M HERE FOR…SORRY FOR YELLING.

    • Ksm says...

      Yess! I have the exact same feeling. I didn’t even care what was the topic just loved reading every line. What smart funny intelligent women! Good luck girls.

  117. Anna says...

    Yes! My two fave things on the internet. Love these ladies xo

  118. These outfits are great, I especially love the first outfit!

  119. CL says...

    Thank you! Love Amina, Ann and their podcast! So great to see them on here!

  120. Bernadette says...

    AGHGHGH, my pod and blog life intersect! Love Ann and Amina so so much. Thank you Cup of Jo!

  121. Leila says...

    These women rule. Cannot wait to listen to their podcast. Feeling so inspired to get to a thrift shop and re-inject some fun into my mom wardrobe, which has become pretty conservative and functional/boring.

    • El says...

      When I first found their podcast I totally binged the episodes while cooking, running, etc. That’s to say, I’m excited for the hilarious journey you’re about to begin!!!!

  122. Sarah says...

    Ok, you guys won the internet today. Thank you for this.

  123. Kelley says...

    This is so so good! Amina and Ann are fab! There are so many good one-liners here, but this one especially, “Fuck you, pay me so I can afford all of the relaxed, slouchy looks I so richly deserve.” YASSSSS. Love it! x

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha i laughed out loud at that part, too!

  124. Anne says...

    My two favorite things on the internet combined! I love CYG :) You guys should collab more often!