Who better to flaunt our styles than the women who really wear them?
Member: Margit D.
Lives in: Brooklyn, NY
Member since: March 2013
Monday is the start of the work week. Wednesday is “hump day” (or help-me-with-my-math problems night). Thursday and Fridays are for young singles who still have the chutzpah to leave home for dates and dancing (wow that sounded like I’m 90, anyhoo…). Weekends are for families, kids and chores.
But TueNight is your night.
Gwynnie Bee member Margit Detweiler is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of TueNight, a website she created to serve as a platform for women to share stories and ideas. Margit says of the site,
“It’s for women who are essentially redefining their life at the “mid-life” point (I hesitate to say midlife). It’s really about your 30s, 40s, and 50s. Between Millennials and Boomers you’ve got what they call Generation X and those women are at a pivotal point where they’re like, “Okay I have some life experience but I’m looking towards what’s next — what’s my next move?
Whether its next career, a literal move, maybe you have kids, maybe you don’t have kids. There’s so much diversity in that age range that you don’t see in the media. If its online you’ll see Jezebel and xoJane where it’s young and I can hardly keep up with it or its on the other side in mainstream magazines where it’s like “Dye your hair! Don’t let your greys come out and get botox! How to look 20 years younger!”
Let’s embrace who we are as women and tell our stories and show the diversity. We’re still a very new site, I’m trying to figure out where that community is and how we bring that online.”
Do you feel like Gwynnie Bee has a place in the same realm as TueNight as a resource for redefining yourself? Do you feel like Gwynnie Bee and TueNight share some of the same goals?
Oh definitely. There was really never anything like this when I was growing up and it was always a struggle to find really great fashionable clothes that fit well and I think the idea now too that you can reinvent yourself all the time: every month you can reinvent yourself with these new clothes — it allows you to test drive your new self, like “Who am I gonna be today? Today I’m going to wear this bright shift dress, or today I’m going to wear jeans and this killer chevron top. You’re able to take risks and there’s freedom in that.
How did you discover GB?
I think it was actually on Facebook through one of the targeted ads. Once I went to the site I was totally hooked. I thought it was a brilliant idea. I instantly sent it to everyone I knew, anyone who could possibly be interested. I just thought it was really a great thing for plus sized women because there are so few options for us that are cool and trendy — and casual too. I think casual is a big piece of it. Gwynnie Bee offers things that you can wear everyday which I think is really important. You want to look nice every single day. I love the idea that you can have a fresh look every single day if you wanted to. I was instantly hooked.
How often do rotate your wardrobe? Do you hang on to pieces you love or swap in new looks all the time?
I probably do about 2 or 3 rounds in a month on my 3 plan so I’m getting 6 or 9 pieces.
Describe your sense of style.
It’s casual meets trend-forward. I’m not overly trendy but I’m definitely up on the trends. I like bright colors with black. I like the mod look alot; cat eyes. I like effortless style, which isn’t usually effortless—as we know, as women. There’s a little preppy in there. It’s kind of a mix of all my life experiences in a way.
Who has had the biggest influence on your style?
Definitely my mom, especially when she was in her 20s and 30s. She was very clean, simple and because of the time period there was a little of that mod element; the pencil skirt and the black turtleneck. She’s much more classic than me; the Cartier watch sort of thing and the pearls. I love that and admire that, but then throw my own sort of funkiness into it. I love the mod icons like Edie Sedgwick, Twiggy even, ironically — people that aren’t afraid to wear bright and bold geometric patterns and colors.
Are you working to figure out “what’s next?” Do you identify with Margit’s mission to embrace who you are at any stage in life? Comment below!
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