WHO ARE YOU AND HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE? Hi I’m Jessica. Age is just a number and I have stopped counting after my 3rd 21 birthday! My hometown is Tianjin, China, but NYC is where you’ll find me. Prior to becoming a Fashion Blogger, I was working for Investment banks. I consider my style as a representation of who I am. I am not a one-dimensional person, so my style follows suit. Sometimes I show my darker side in rock n’ roll inspired outfits, and sometimes I embrace my feminine side in skirts and soft dresses.
INSPIRATION: I am inspired by the different textures, colors, silhouettes, and prints in fashion. I love mixing and matching all these elements to create unique looks.
WHAT DECADE OF FASHION DO YOU IDENTIFY WITH THE MOST, WHEN IT COMES TO STYLE AND TRENDS? When it comes to trends, I identify the most with 90s. I like to dress boho with a bit of a street, and 90s fashion embodies that. It is a mishmash of genres. Minimalist, grunge, a bit of boho, some athletic-inspired wear, and a lot of nostalgia.
WHAT ROLE DO YOU THINK FASHION PLAYS IN FASHION? History plays a huge role in fashion. Fashion trends are most often reinventions of trends from the past. Overalls, baggy slogan Tees and crop tops from the 90s are the biggest trend right now. Wide-leg pants from the 70s are now re-imagined with more tailoring and more fluid fabrics. The examples are endless!
DOES HISTORY HAVE ANY DIRECT IMPACT ON YOUR STYLE? Yes. My own personal history and all the events happening around me define my style. All my garments have some meaning to me. Maybe I wore it during a trip that I loved, or maybe it’s an outfit inspired by the fearless and unapologetic style of Spice Girls. Whether it is personal or derived from fashion references from the past, each piece has a history.
WHAT IS ONE QUESTION YOU WISH PEOPLE ASKED YOU MORE OFTEN? Aside from my passion for styling, I am a self-confessed foodie. I love trying out new restaurants, and uncovering hidden gems. If you ever visit NYC and need restaurant recommendations, just ask!
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RACHEL’S STYLE: I would describe my style as a mix of ultra-feminine with a touch of pin-up and Williamsburg trendy. My style is always evolving and this season in experimenting more with shapes & cuts & fabrics I’m loving boxy trapeze dresses and cropped sweatshirts with neoprene skirts.
INSPIRATION: I’m consistently inspired by New York City. Living among so much culture and fashion expression, I’m always finding new ideas for upcoming looks. I also love trading blogs, sole of my favorite bloggers right now are Pauline of Pauline Fashion Blog, Jess of Here & Now and Liz of Late Afternoon.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ASPECT OF SPRING STYLE? Shedding my winter coat and getting my favorite summer dresses is out is such a thrill for me. Literally spring cleaning (wardrobe-wise) is one of my favorite times of the year!
WHAT ROLE DO YOU FEEL TRAVEL PLAYS IN PERSONAL STYLE? Travel and exploration are key to developing personal style. I’ve moved around and traveled so much in 23 short years and each trip represents new understanding and new ideas which always end up translating into my everyday outfits.
WHAT + WHERE DO YOU PLAN TO EXPLORE THIS SUMMER? I’m so excited to be traveling to Paris & Southern France this summer. I’m a total Francophile and I’m always inspired by French style dichotomy. Effortless style that is uncomplicated yet well thought-out. I’ll also be visiting friends in Chicago, traveling with family to L.A. and checking out Ithaca, NY for the first time.
WHAT IS ONE QUESTION YOU WISH PEOPLE ASKED YOU MORE OFTEN? Would you like to go to Paris with me? Kidding! What do you love about living in New York? I have so many good answers.
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LINDSAY’S STYLE: My style is always evolving and has definitely changed for the better since moving to New York City, but I believe as I get older I continue to incorporate different styles I once associated with in the past and combine them to create my own personal style each day. I dress modern, and minimal, a little girly, a little edgy, and overall polished.
INSPIRATION: I would say I am most inspired by high fashion street style. I have made it my mission to hunt high fashion, recreating the fashions I see on the streets of New York, London, Milan, & Paris, and reinvent them in a more affordable and practical matter.
WHAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU THINK OF “PLAYFUL FASHION?” Fashion should always be fun, it should be an expression of who you are and how you are feeling at that very second. I think what makes a wardrobe exciting is statement pieces in stand out colors and unique prints. Things that you wear and people can’t help but ask “Where’d you get that!”
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ASPECT OF SPRING STYLE? My favorite part of spring fashion is wearing light fabrics, such as chiffon and silk, and mixing them with edgy elements to create a one of a kind, uptown meets downtown look.
WHAT + WHERE DO YOU PLAN TO EXPLORE THIS SUMMER? Anywhere and everywhere! I have made it my summer goal to be more spontaneous, and I plan to take every chance I get to explore new places.
WHAT IS ONE QUESTION YOU WISH PEOPLE ASKED YOU MORE OFTEN? I wish people asked me why I am the way I am. I think everyone has as a story behind the person they have grown to become, and believe it is important for it to be heard to truly understand each other and grow into well-rounded beings.
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ROB MANGANO, 26, RETAIL MANAGER, UNITED STATES
ROB’S STYLE: I think the best word to describe my style is “collection”. That word takes on several different meanings. First, the word collection brings the idea of curating something. Whether it’s art, cars, anything really, I feel a well-sourced, eclectic collection creates the best grouping. Likewise, my wardrobe epitomizes this idea. For something to work in a collection, there are several elements that go into it, like working well in any era, taking time to be collected, and something that will last for a long time. I have some pieces from big brands, some small. Some brand new and some twice my age. But collectively these pieces work together to create my style overall.
INSPIRATION: Stylistically, I try to not be inspired by other people. Sure, you can easily see how someone dresses and look to improve in some way, but it’s important to be original and not derivative in your wardrobe. Nevertheless, I’ve recently been inspired by the style of a few instagrammers from South Korea, Japan and China. Ironically they dress in traditional American workwear better than most Americans!
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITIES? #menswear has an impressive community of brands and writers that through one way or another have all worked together. Unlike women’s clothing, menswear is incredibly small by comparison. Menswear in this way is like a small family.
HOMETOWN GLORY: No matter what, people are a product of their environment, it’s impossible not to be. I grew up in a middle class town surrounded by every mix of cultures and classes in neighboring cities. I think that’s why there is a mix of prep with street wear in my looks. I find that more and more style is less influenced by environment due to the advent of social media and the internet. Selfie is a tossed around term usually used in a jocular way but the reality is people taking pictures of how they dress opens up a whole new world for style. Whether you’re in the Midwest or SOHO, a simple hashtag can reveal a mode of dress that you’ve never seen before.
WHAT IS ONE QUESTION YOU WISH PEOPLE ASKED MORE OFTEN? “Am I projecting who I am?” Your personal style should project an aspect of your personality. To me, someone polished is organized. And wearing bright colors projects confidence and energy. When I see someone dressed in all black, that elicits an image of a non-creative, drab personality. Likewise, I wear my heart on my sleeve, or with my sleeves, for that matter!
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