I go for a typically natural look, not just because its easy. I’m from Southern California — I was born and raised in LA, and here we’re very casual. If I go to London or New York — it’s so fancy; I’m the one looking completely out of place.
My mom is a completely southern California girl — she is why I am ‘Miss jeans and a T-shirt’. You look at those people, who are so put together, and then you look at their moms, and they tend to be put together. My mom is like don’t worry about it; make-up is so artificial why would you not want to look like yourself?
I feel more confident on my feet. Like in a photo, obviously, things look better wearing heels, but in terms of just kicking around and actually like experiencing an entire night, heels limit me. I feel I can experience about half of my night that I would be able to experience if I was just wearing shoes and I could run around. Literally, these [heels] slow you down. You get about half of your night, and they’re just like painful. So I really dig Vans. I just like wearing Vans.
Off the red carpet, that girl is tried and true when it comes to her look. She loves being in T-shirts and jeans and Converse and she’s been doing that since she was 14. I’m so happy she goes for it on the red carpet, but her true style on a day-to-day basis has stayed exactly the same and I love that about her. She doesn’t feel the need to follow trends.
As far as on the red carpet, I started with her when she was 14, she’s become a woman since I’ve known her and really come into her own. She’s more and more courageous and takes risks every year. I was blown away at the last Breaking Dawn press tour when she let me do all this sheer stuff and was okay wearing very risky pieces. I think she’s really coming into her own with her fashion. I love her because she’s so tried and true — she knows what she likes. There are certain things she will not do — I respect that she has things she knows about herself and she knows to stick what works.
The truth is, both Kristen and I are T-shirt and jeans kind of girls that love to play dress up! Through the years, Kristen has embraced fashion and with each new year comes a newfound courage to try bolder and more cutting-edge pieces.
Interviewer: What would she gravitate toward if you didn’t style her for the red carpet?
Tara Swennen: Just T-shirt and jeans. You know, she really like leather jackets right now. She’s been lucky with Balenciaga; she’s been able to get her favorite quilted one in every color. She loves her Ray-Bans. She likes sweatshirts, she likes a good rugged jacket, maybe a nice warm sweater here or there.
And you might be surprised, but I do have more than a white T-shirt and a pair of jeans; I actually have some cool stuff! And I think I’m going to start using it. As I get older, I get more comfortable, and I’m finding those things that define me. Before, it really was just a T-shirt and jeans, but now, it’s changing.
It’s really important to like what you’re wearing. It’s pretty clear when I don’t like what I’m wearing, and it’s pretty clear if you got dressed for other people. Even if you’re not looking the the best you can, or maybe your outfit isn’t spot on, if it looks like you got dressed and you like it, you’ll probably look cool anyway.