What Are You Wearing?: The Salty Caramels

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

A pastiche of music and style, The Salty Caramels let their outfits imitate their art.

"Our look reflects our sound," said Bree Frick. "It's vintage. It's eclectic."

The ladies formed the band in August as a side project to other musical endeavors. They perform a literal show of musical chairs, switching instruments and taking turns playing items like rusty chains and a suitcase drum kit.

Their songs are sweet (much like the band's namesake Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams flavor), caked in harmonies and inspired by girl bands of yesteryear like the Boswell and the Andrews sisters.

Dressing up for shows is fun, they say. "It's about the whole package," said Molly Winters. "And people notice."

Describe the band's style:

"Eclectic retro throwback"

Angela Perley

Vocals, Dobro guitar, saw

Describe your style: Whimsical

Age: 24

Neighborhood and hometown: Hilliard

Dress: From Flower Child. "The pattern is of a crescent moon and people in love. Two of my favorite things."

Gloves: From a costume shop in Athens

Headband: From Athens Underground. "I love things bedazzled, like headbands with fur or feathers."

Boots: From Urban Outfitters

Thigh-highs: From a thrift store. "I found these still in the package. Always a good find - tights can be so expensive."

Necklace: From Rag-O-Rama

Bree Frick

Vocals, guitar, bass, percussion

Describe your style: Vintage glamorous rock

Age: 30

Neighborhood: Victorian Village

Hometown: Mansfield

Dress: From Flower Child

Tights: From The Garden

Shoes: By Stuart Weitzman

Mouse ring: By Marc Jacobs

Skull bracelet: "I got this at Put-in-Bay when I was 15. I was like, 'I hate this place!' This is my 15-year-old angst in a bracelet. I can't buy expensive jewelry. I'll lose it."

Molly Winters

Vocals, guitar, ukulele, percussion

Describe your style: Retro with a bohemian flair

Age: 31

Neighborhood and hometown: Columbus. "I'm a local yokel."

Dress: From Second Chance Consignment. "I love shopping there."

Alpaca wool gloves: By I Yarn For You. "I'm addicted to fingerless gloves because they're easy to play with, especially when we're performing outside. I have them in all different colors."

Leg warmers: "These are just to add another layer of warmth."

Boots: By Frye Boot Company

Earrings: By Lucky Brand

Flower: "I wear flowers all the time. This one's fake, but I try to wear real flowers whenever I can."

The Salty Caramels