From tubes of toothpaste to bottles of bleach, one woman brightened up the month of January by wearing outfits inspired by everyday objects.
Taryn de Vere, writer and designer from County Donegal, Ireland, took on a style challenge: dressing up as a different household product every day to make January more “merry”.
Describing herself as “perhaps the most colorful woman in Ireland”, the mother of five is no stranger to eccentric outfits.
“Being colorful is an integral part of how I see myself,” she told the PA News Agency.
“Color makes me alive and happy, dull colors make me sad and depressed, it’s that simple. “
Faced with the prospect of being housebound in an effort to stay safe during the Covid pandemic, Ms de Vere decided to take on a New Year’s challenge using only items and clothes she already owned. .
She said: “At the time, I got the idea that I was sitting on my bed and my eye was on a bottle of sink unblocker in the bathroom, and that’s became the inspiration for the first outfit.
“My only rule for this project is that I have to use things I already own – I like the sustainability aspect of this challenge.
“It completely transformed the way I look at my clothes and unleashed a creative style freedom in me, making me put together colors and shapes that I never would have had before. “
Ms de Vere posts daily photos of her outfits on her Instagram and Twitter profiles, as well as a photo of the product that inspired her.
She said she was “completely overwhelmed” by the positive reaction on social media and even gained fans as far as Australia.
“I’ve had messages and comments from people telling me they wake up in the morning and first check my Instagram to see what new outfit I have that day,” she said.
“People from all over the world are contacting us to say how happy they are with this project.
“It’s really heartwarming to think that my creative project brings a little bit of fun and light joy into people’s lives.”
However, Ms de Vere admitted that the level of attention had taken her by surprise.
“If I had known how big it would get and how many people would see my photos, I probably would have ironed my clothes before photographing them,” she said.
Closer to home, Ms. de Vere’s neighbors were less surprised by her colorful designs, due to her “well-established eccentric sartorial credentials,” but she said she always received compliments on her travels in France. city.
“I remain open to the possibility that there is someone more colorful than me out there, and if so, I want to meet them and be their new best friend,” she said. .
You can follow De Vere’s progress in his outfits Twitter feed.
AP reporting by Lottie Kilraine.