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    In our Fashion Nation series, we talk to people about personal style.


    San Leandro, CA


    Tell me about this look.
    I love pairing this Forever 21 top with this skirt from ModCloth because the print is similar and the colors clash. The booties are from ASOS. The Rebecca Minkoff necklace is my go-to for high necklines.

    What fashion era are you inspired by?
    I’m constantly looking for ways to reinvent traditional fashion with color and texture, but as a base I love the shape of the midcentury silhouette.

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    What does body-positive fashion mean 
to you?
    It’s about discarding the mold that doesn’t serve us. Rules that say we have to accentuate a waist or appear taller, leaner—all the stuff they taught us on What Not To Wear can be thrown out the window. Find an aesthetic that makes you feel visible in a pleasurable way.

    Do you prefer to match or clash your lip color with your outfit?
    Clash. My looks can be matchy, but too much monochrome is a pet peeve. I love pairing opposite color primaries, like yellow and cobalt, red and green.

    Has motherhood changed your style ?
    As a new mom, I adapted my style to low-maintenance mode. I did a lot of thrifting to find comfortable things that were still eye-catching. Once I was more independent from my baby, I brought back my less comfy pieces, like tulle and lace. Slowly but surely, I’ve started to reclaim my slightly higher-maintenance style.

    Do you have advice for people who are developing their personal style?
    My inspiration is street style. Go downtown or get online to see what people are wearing. You also don’t have to look at people with your body type. If you see a different type wearing something you like, you can find a way to work it! 



    Work it your way with some of Briana’s color-clashing picks!

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    1. ASOS DESIGN Wide Fit Minny Flat Shoes in Leopard, $29,
    2. Polka Dot Birdcage Midi Skirt by Who What Wear in Blue/Black,
    3. Brushstroke Marissa Wrap Top, $59, and Pant, $72,
    4. The Eugene Pant by ModCloth in Multi Stripe, $65,
    5. The Babysitter’s Sweet Can Dress, $93.24,


    By Allie Lawrence
    Photographed by Corina Marie Howell
    This article originally appeared in the March/April 2019 print edition of BUST Magazine.Subscribe today!



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     In BUST's Fashion Nation series, we talk to women about their personal style. 

    Janeth Gonda
    BUST Event Planner and Musician
    Brooklyn, NY


    Tell me about this outfit.

    This is one of my favorite shirts. I love how sexy it is, revealing yet mysterious. I really like how much it makes me feel like a woman. I’m just starting to become in tune with my body, my age, and my womanhood.

    How would you describe your personal style?

    Definitely gothic and sleek. I like to wear a lot of lace, a lot of straps. Pretty much everything I wear is black, but also comfortable. I have to be able to feel comfortable in what I’m wearing, which makes me feel confident.

    How has your personal style evolved?

    My fashion over the last few years has just gotten a lot sexier. For a long time, I don’t think I really felt like I could be so bold or sexy. It is only recently that I realized I can, and as I’ve grown into more of a woman, my fashion sense has grown up, too.

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    What do you wear when you hit the stage with your band, Espejismo?

    It depends on the show, really. I actually have a handmade belly dancing outfit that I wear a lot, but if we’re playing more of our heavier songs, I’m usually wearing high boots with black pants, something that makes me feel like I’m in command.

    Do you have any go-to places to shop around Brooklyn?

    I like affordable things. I have a lot of luck with thrift stores like Beacon’s Closet. Most of my favorite clothes are actually from Colombia, where I’m from. I really love the style that they have in Bogotá, and you can get really high-quality things at a fraction of the price you’d find here. If it looks good and it feels good, then I like it.

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    Copy Janeth's wild style with these badass buys:

    Faux Leather Satchel, $27.90,

    Life II Necklace, from $130,

    NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in “initiator”, $9 for a set of 3 colors,

    Super High Waist Denim Skinnies in Black, $29.99,

    Alexis Buttoned Up Bodysuit, $19.99,

    Mossimo Supply Co. Women’s Brianna Platform Booties, $37.99,

    By Lydia Wang

    Photographed by Seher Sikandar

    Hair and makeup: T. Cooper/crowdMGMT using ECRU New York

    This article originally appeared in the February/March 2018 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

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    In each issue's Fashion Nation, we talk to a sartorial trailblazer about their personal style. 

    Amy Mills (@rococo_witch)
    Musician, photographer, designer, luthier

    Brooklyn, NY 

    What can you tell me about this outfit? 

    The vibe I’m going for is Rococo witch. The dress and the hat were both made by my friend Kelsey for her label, I Do Declare. The shoes are from Long Tall Sally, which is a store for taller women with larger feet. The belt is from VooDoooDolly, who makes beautiful jewelry and accessories. The harp guitar was made by Chris Knutsen in 1912. I’ve always been inspired by historical photographs, especially of women who play guitar, and incorporating these beautiful instruments into my style references that. 

    What else inspires your style?

    At the core of my style is a hyper-feminine aesthetic, which has always come naturally to me since I was little. The different elements of my looks take influence from a variety of historical periods—especially Rococo, Lolita, and classic representations of witches. I’m interested in photography, music, lacemaking, textiles, and fashion history, so I pick and choose from what I find beautiful and bring it all together. I’ve found projecting a high level of femininity in my style can make some people feel uncomfortable, especially working in the male-dominated industries that I do, but it definitely also brings others joy. I think both are equally important. 

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    Is projecting your femininity what excites you the most about fashion?

    That is certainly a big part of it! From a purely aesthetic standpoint there are so many feminine garments that are just incredibly beautiful and wonderful to wear. But as a queer femme, it’s a big part of who I am. I think taking up space with femininity is a really important thing to do in today’s political climate. I like that I can challenge people’s ideas of where feminine people exist, which I get to do at work on a daily basis!

    What else do you want people to know about you?

    I’m trans. Being trans and being out in the world and representing that community is really important to me.   

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    1. Heart Shape Full Frame Sunglasses, $4.20,
    2. One-Of-A-Kind Handmade Crown, starting at $40,
    3. White Bise Dress, $250,
    4. Antaina Tea Party Glitter Lolita Shoes, $45.99,
    5. Buckled Witch Hat, $110,

    By Sarah Boyle
    Photographed by Yudi Ela
    This article originally appeared in the October/November print issue of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

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    For our ongoing Fashion Nation series, we talk to people about their personal style.

    Emily Nokes
    Singer for the band Tacocat and Music Editor for BUST
    Seattle, WA

    Tell us about your outfit. 

    This dress is a Tinkerbell costume dress. The boots are really amazing, but they’re almost falling apart. The tights are handmade sparkle tights by Sequin Designs (@sequindesigns), an awesome woman from Texas who I met on Instagram. The sparkle kimono was a gift from my boyfriend. 

    How would you describe your style?

    More is more, for sure. Pattern clashing is one of my favorites. I kind of have a sci-fi interest, but with a Lisa Frank influence as well. Alien meets Lisa Frank meets Blade Runner.

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    Being a performer, how do you draw the line between what you’ll wear for a casual everyday look and what you’ll wear on stage? 

    When I’m on stage, the things that I choose are a heightened version of what I’d normally wear, sort of like doing drag of myself. ’Cause [when] you’re performing, you want it to be special or different, and a lot of the pieces I wear on stage are ones that, for practical reasons, you can’t really go around in during the day. 

    You’ve dyed your hair all sorts of colors. What role does that play in your style? 

    I have a whole spectrum of colors [in my closet] that are for when I have warmer hair, like pink, orange, or red. There’s a whole different makeup approach, colors that I like to wear with each other, or colors that don’t look as good together. Sometimes I’ll say, “Oh, my hair is a dark, dark blue, so now I’m gonna find everything in my closet that’s orange.” 

    Do you have any go-to places to shop in Seattle? Or when you’re on tour?

    Indian Summer in Seattle is the shit. As far as shopping on tour, we’ll stop at any costume shop we see! The Tucson Thrift Shop [in Arizona] is amazing. We will go out of our way to make time for that. Another store we always try to hit when we’re in North Carolina is Chapel Hill’s Rumors.



    Get your sci-fi shine on with some of Emily’s greatest hits

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    1. Plum Floral Sequin Tights, $150,

    2. Susan Alexandra Parfait Bag, $265,

    3. Opening Ceremony Stripe Belted Shirt Dress, $128,

    4. Lasula Sequin Flared Pants in Silver, $53,

    5. Long Red Fishnet Gloves Deluxe, $4.99,

    6. Lala Mermaid Platform Sneaker, $100,

    By Emma Davey
    Photographed by Kelly O
    This article originally appeared in the May/June 2019 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

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