Welcome to our new blog series, where we’ll be interviewing women we look up to, women whose style we adore and women who fascinate us. First up is Miri Ben-David Livi. Miri is a multi-talented lady who cares strongly about her fellow entrepreneurs. Besides being a Mom and a busy journalist at some of Israel’s most prestigious publications, Miri started “The Skirt Club” for self-employed women as well as a fashion blog, which you can read about below. It was a pleasure getting some 1X1 time with Miri and hearing her insights. Enjoy the read and don’t forget to visit Miri’s blog and Instagram account!
When did you start your blog? And Why?
It was 3.5 years ago, and at the time, there were no Israeli modest fashion blogs yet, at least not in Hebrew. And looking at popular fashion blogs, I needed to use a tremendous amount of imagination to apply the looks to my lifestyle — the cardigan I’d need to wear on top, the shell and the skirt I’d need to wear underneath. As a long-time lifestyle journalist who has access to a lot of information, I knew I could make a change and help other women get better information on modest fashion. Apparently, it wasn’t only frum women who were thirsty for that.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on “The Skirt” club’s next events.
Tell us about an insight you gained from your work
I’ve learned that being a self-employed woman in Israel can be fraught with challenges. Many self-employed women have become so in order to break the “glass ceiling” and provide more for themselves and their families. The sad fact is that most aren’t even making as much as they used to in their day jobs. However, with effective and sufficient networking and a solid strategy, self-employed women can become quite successful.
How would you describe your style?
I would say my everyday style is very normal and not over the top. I prefer writing about the amazing outfits fashionistas put together rather than focusing on my own style. I think there’s a big difference between being a fashionista or a stylist and writing about fashion or style.
Is there one item you won’t leave the house without?
A beautiful, great quality bag. That’s the one item that can make or break an outfit. I have a thing for bags and mine are always full with things like scissors and felt markers.
What would you say to those who say that fashion and Torah don’t go together?
In no place is it written that a woman shouldn’t be pretty or dress nicely. I do think that you could dress according to the rules and yet not be modest – and that requires thought and self-discipline.
Which trend would you like to see vanish?
I’m not a big trend person and I don’t really pay attention to them, but I’d like the fringe trend to vanish.
If you could design a clothing item – what would it be?
I’d design an elegant and comfortable top for summer with a modest neckline. It’s so challenging to find a fashionable, modest shirt that doesn’t make you suffocate or sweat. That’s why I don’t like shopping in the summer.
What’s one piece of clothing you find yourself wearing over and over again?
A black satin midi dress that’s already starting to show some wear, but I don’t mind. It’s my lucky dress and I almost always wear it to my speeches on modest fashion, because it fits perfectly with my intro.
Do you have a hobby?
My work is my hobby. I once heard the saying, do what you love and you won’t work a day in your life, and I decided to embrace it. I do work hard, but I do what I love and I’m consistent and I hope that’s what works.