Lindsay and Ashley Usich, 22, are fraternal twins who live together in Logan Square. Ashley works at a lingerie store and supports her sister, who is the homemaker.
Tell me about your outfits.
lindsay: Everything is vintage, from thrift stores in New York, Miami, and Chicago. The white dress shirt I love--they're effortless and chic. The high-waisted shorts--I love anything with a high waist. The rabbit's foot necklace, normally I wouldn't wear a foot on my neck, but it's good luck. I was wearing that and the feather because I had just gotten back from Michigan with my friend. We just went on a retreat, painted our faces and ran around naked in the forest. Just for a holiday, to get out of the city for a weekend.
ashley: My look is mainly vintage stuff I got at the thrift. The shorts were pants so I cut them off, the belt I got at this antique store in Connecticut. The shoes are Chie Mihara, a new designer I like a lot. I love giant heels; I love to tower over people. I didn't go to the woods, I stayed home and went to work, once everyone got back, though, I got into the feather look too.
Where do you shop?
lindsay: I shop at Village and Unique and then sometimes we go to Neiman Marcus. We do all of our shopping together.
ashley: I like digging through our mom's closet. She was a sexy hippie in the 70s, and so we wear a lot of her hand-me-downs.
Do you ever wear matching outfits?
lindsay: A lot of people confuse us, so if we're wearing similar stuff it makes it worse. We didn't even do matching outfits when we were little.
ashley: Sometimes we tromp out of our rooms and find we're wearing the exact same shorts, clunky heels, and a tailored white blouse. That happens a lot.
What's the hardest part of being part of a fashionable twin?
ashley: Going to reach for your favorite pair of shoes and realizing your twin is out somewhere wearing them. It's kind of the story of my life.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): Linday and Ashley Usich photo by Saverio Truglia.