A Week of Outfits: Nora Taylor

Writer and Clever editor Nora Taylor has two modes when it comes to style. “I fluctuate between wearing all black and wearing colors like a funky poetry professor,” she says. Here she shares five outfits she wore in a week…

A Week of Outfits: Nora Taylor

Dress: Selva Negra. Boots: Doc Martens. Glasses: Zenni Optical. Bracelet: from Colombia.

“This dress is from my sister-in-law’s company, Selva Negra. She and her partner, Kristen, run it; they’re both Latina women. It’s a higher price point, but they know all the sewers and pay them well; they use dead-stock fabric and mindfully source their materials. I love the cut and patterns of their clothing, and they’re expanding their clothing sizes, as well.”

A Week of Outfits: Nora Taylor

Dress: Thrifted in Minnesota, similar. Boots: Universal Standard, similar. Glasses: SEE Eyewear, similar. Earrings: Emily Zirimis.

“At the beginning of quarantine, I gave myself the gift of not setting an alarm. But when it comes to clothing, I’m more regimented. I always put on a bra in the morning — it helps turn my brain on. I also try to separate my ‘sleeping’ soft clothes and ‘hanging out’ soft clothes. There’s some form of getting dressed every day.”

Shirt: limited edition by André 3000. Jeans: ASOS. Shoes: A life X Adidas.

“André 3000 released these shirts after George Floyd was murdered this summer. I was quarantining in Chicago with my brother and his wife and it felt like a miracle that we were all together — young Black and brown people together — deciding whether or not it was safe to go out. Considering the climate of the time, we decided to get them. I gravitated toward this one.”

A Week of Outfits: Nora Taylor

Glasses: Zenni Optical. Gold bamboo earrings: Old H&M, similar. Necklace: Thrilling. ‘N’ necklace: Demure and Dainty. Gold watch ring: flea market in Wisconsin, similar.

“Big earrings were a thing I started wearing senior year of high school. It was 2005, and I was tall and chubby. Everyone was wearing low-rise jeans and polos and nothing looked good on me, and then I started wearing big earrings and it felt right. I got this watch ring at an outdoor flea market in Wisconsin about a decade ago. It doesn’t work and even though I’m not handy I always thought I would fix it myself. It’s the most unique thing I own.”

A Week of Outfits: Nora Taylor

Shirt: Thrifted in Florida, similar. Jumpsuit: Universal Standard. Socks: Bombas. Shoes: Birkenstocks. Glasses: Zenni Optical. Mask: Diop. Charm bracelet: Formerly mom’s.

“This jumpsuit is the comfiest, softest thing in the world. It’s perfect to toss on in the morning, whether I’m going to the bank or to work out later. When we go back into the world, it would be amazing for a yoga class because I wouldn’t have to wonder if my butt is covered. I gained weight during quarantine and the impulse was to hide my body, but now I lounge around in it like, ‘This is what I look like now and I’m comfortable.’”

A Week of Outfits: Nora Taylor

Dress: Selva Negra. Shoes: A Life X Adidas. Glasses: Zenni Optical. Earrings: TITS Amsterdam.

“I was a Little House on the Prairie nerd and also had one of those American Girl dolls that you could dress like. I used to fully dress up along with my Addy doll and go to the farmer’s market with my mom, hold a basket and be like, ‘I picked these turnips myself!’ This dress feels like a grown up, sexier version of that and I’m obsessed with it.”

Thank you so much, Nora!

P.S. More women share their weeks of outfits, including an Afrofuturist curator and a beauty editor.

(Photos by Christine Han for Cup of Jo.)