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Jazzmin says she is a very simple dresser, but she tries to add some interest by mismatching colors. She draws some of her inspiration from Instagram.
“I have news feeds of different styles and clothing, so I’ll just get ideas,” Jazzmin says. “I’m a very comfortable person, so I won’t wear something that’s not comfortable.”
Ilona’s red Guess handbag caught our attention, as did her pretty, flowy, black and white scarf and jeweled sweater. We love how put together she looks, in such a simple way. She says her mother gave her advice about what to wear:
“I try to dress nicely. My mom says that you should dress well because you’re going out in public. In the Ukraine, where I’m from, and in Europe, people dress really nicely all the time.”
It was apparent that health and fitness are priorities for Samantha. When Go Girl spotted her and her husband, they were on their way to pick up some nutritious fare at Nutrimart while outfitted in workout gear.
“I’ve learned that eating well is more important than anything,” says Samantha, who runs, does Crossfit, and weight trains to stay in shape. “It keeps you free from disease. Working out, building muscle, is just a great way to live.”
Laura says the outfits she’s been wearing around San Diego are a little different than her usual style. She told Go Girl that since she’s on vacation from Brazil, she’s been dressing a bit more casually. With so much to see and do in San Diego, this Brazilian depends on her friends to pick her up when she’s running low on energy. A trip to the beach always seems to help, too!
Her nautical-inspired bag gives her plenty of room for sunglasses, sunscreen, magazines, and other must-have items for a lazy vacation day.
We stopped Jodie because we loved her style, but we also loved her beautiful hair! We found out that she’s a hairdresser visiting from Melbourne, Australia, on vacation. She’s pretty casual about her style choices; she says she just goes by the trends that other people are wearing so she doesn’t have to think about it much.
“I just grab whatever I think looks good, I don’t know! I’m not the best person to be talking about this!” she laughs.
Peace necklace: Boutique in Melbourne
It was Adriana’s tribal-print leggings that made her stand out from a group of international students walking down the street in Hillcrest one day. Her navy pea coat and camel-colored tennis shoes pulled inspiration from the busy design of the leggings, and seamlessly brought the outfit together.
This international student is here from Brazil studying English for three months. She says her style is “very relaxed. I wear what I want.”
We caught Alexis on a shopping break from the fashion design school at the Art Institute of Seattle. She says the thing she never leaves the house without is her lipstick in a dark shade, except today; she had school early this morning. She’s been more casual lately because she’s close to graduation, but she likes a bit more edge!
“I stick to Alexander Wang; he’s one of my favorite designers. It’s comfortable and I can dress it up, dress it down. I wear a lot of his menswear stuff, too,” she explains.
Ana says that her style is currently undefined, but one thing she is certain of: she doesn’t want to dress like everybody else. While working at the mall one day, she wore black jeans, a black t-shirt, and a black knit hat… a blue jean jacket added a bit of color. This jeans-and-t-shirt California girl wants to eventually open her own clothing store!
“I kind of want to get into making my own clothing,” she told Go Girl.
Despite her job’s causal dress code of slacks, Quiyonni stayed true to her personal style while getting some fresh air one evening. Born and raised in San Diego, the fashionista works as a hair stylist and a debt collector.
“I like to wear dresses,” Quiyonni told Go Girl. “I like to be comfortable, but since I’m small, I have to find stuff that flatters my body.”
If you want to meet the coolest person ever, who will also help you learn a ton about style, check out Leteashia at TheStylishDork.com. She calls it a lifestyle blog, since it’s a little fashion, with a little bit of life, all mixed in. Her favorite thing right now is a little sweater and a statement necklace like the one she’s wearing here, which she bought at a friend’s boutique.
“My style is very versatile. It depends how I’m feeling; like today I felt preppy, so I put on some preppy clothes. Jeans, pumps, a cute top, and accessories.”
Deborah, who gets a majority of her clothing from friends and family, finds a way to combine fashion and affordability by shopping at stores like Forever 21 that have fun accessories and outfits for the budget-conscious. Her burgundy Coach purse was a gift from her husband.
“I try to be comfortable,” says Deborah who enjoys going for walks and listening to music when her energy’s running low from working her full-time job. “Anything that’s free, I like to wear. If it’s cute and it fits, I wear it.”
Caitlyn went to the Art Institute and then worked in LA for a year. She just went to fashion week in New York and fell in love, so she’s planning a move as soon as possible. As a stylist, she freely shared some fashion help:
“I think that recently women’s sportswear is so underrated. I just feel like it’s cool now to be casual. Wear sportswear with a pair of heels. Structured sportswear is where it’s at.”
Jessica’s style is determined 100 percent by her mood. She said you’ll either find her in subtle men’s fashions or ultra feminine outfits.
“My style? It depends on how I feel that day,” says Jessica, whose bold red lipstick was accented by her equally red Chuck Taylor shoes. “If I’m kind of feeling a little masculine that day, I’ll dress like a dude. If I feel super girly, I dress really girly.”
Gabrielle’s fantastic jewelry caught our eye while she walked to school on a rainy Portland afternoon. Gabrielle is a fashion marketing student at PNCA, an art school in Portland’s Pearl District. Right now, she’s helping coordinate a fashion show that participates with Portland Fashion Week. She’s really excited about it! We love Gabrielle’s bold style, and asked her to describe it.
“I’m in a bit of a fashion transition,” she told Go Girl. “I used to be kind of into grunge, but now I’m more boho. I hate the word boho, but I’ll use it anyway!”
We spotted Jessica shopping downtown with her boyfriend, who inspired her to start dressing well. He’s a sharp dresser (he wouldn’t go on camera!) and when she started dating him, she wanted to dress nicely, too. Although she lives in California, she owns five coats, two with faux fur accents. When asked to pick her favorite, she said she couldn’t; she loves everything she owns.
“I like to dress up nice everywhere I go, because my personality is not as sophisticated as I look. I’m super silly, and you look at me and don’t expect that.”
Jeannine is a French student studying international relations in Portland for the year. She decided to travel abroad to study in an effort to broaden her horizons and learn about a new culture. Born and raised in Paris, Jeannine has an eye for fashion. We’re in love with her cute haircut! Jeannine says usually dresses in a characteristically French way but her outfit today is mostly made up of pieces she’s purchased in Portland.
“I like to assimilate into the culture when I travel,” she told Go Girl. “That includes the way I dress.”
Jane lives downtown and calls herself a “hipster who doesn’t think I am.” She loves to shop and draws her style inspiration from the other women she sees around her. Jane loves finding great-fitting, perfectly worn-in designer jeans at shops like Buffalo Exchange and Crossroads.
“My mom taught me to shop at thrift stores,” she explains. “This key necklace – my dad found these keys in my grandpa’s garage after he passed away.”
Lisa lives outside of the city, but she loves the shopping downtown. Her go-to style inspirations online are Tumblr and Instagram, but her favorite inspirations are printed magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and Vogue.
“‘I like to shop’ is an understatement. I just found out I’m pregnant. I’m going to save up and cheat on fashion with baby clothes, so I’m cutting back! It’s pretty exciting.” Congratulations, Lisa!
Much like country singer Taylor Swift, Hannah showed off her sweet and feminine side with a simple lace dress, but introduced a bit of country with her awesome boots! A tribal print cardigan accented the white dress perfectly, and a silver Tiffany necklace added just the right finishing touch.
“I’m borrowing a friend’s dress!” says Hannah, who was out and about with her boyfriend when Go Girl bumped into her.
It was easy to spot Chantal even in the pre-dusk light as she waited to meet some girlfriends for drinks – she radiated confidence in her emerald green platform pumps with matching clutch, dark skinny jeans, and brand new leather jacket. The California native, who recently returned to San Diego after spending two years in Barcelona, writes a fashion blog!
“Barcelona is very monochromatic,” says Chantal, who plans to move to LA in the near future. “Here, it’s very casual and very jeans and flip flops. Barcelona likes to dress up. Here, we like to dress down.”
Lauren recently returned to Portland from Malaysia where she worked as an intern for a women’s rights group. She learned that no matter how small, she can make a positive impact in the lives of women. The highlight was working with the kids at the refuge, even though they didn’t speak the same language. During her travels she visited Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Singapore. While in Siem Reap, Cambodia, she scored on the beautiful cashmere scarf she’s wearing in the photo. It’s from a night market where she bargained to get the best prices.
“My style is simple and clean-cut with subtle pops of color or design,” she told Go Girl. “I wear a different Cambodian scarf almost every day.”
Morgan’s amazing fringed suede boots were too good to pass up! She is a fun girl, and the boots just illustrate her cool, fun sense of style! She loves to wear a ton of jewelry – a lot of which she has borrowed from her mom’s closet, which has her original vintage pieces from the 70s and 80s!
“I’m a hippie hipster. I wear a lot of different styles. I like long dresses with flannels a lot. I have a great 70s vest with flowers on it.”
Carla owns a fashion boutique in Montana called Sew Queen Designs. Her style is this Bohemian chic hippy vibe totally unique to her, pulling in bright colors and mixing vintage designer pieces (she’s obsessed with Betsey Johnson!) with different patterns. She’s in Seattle on a shopping trip to gather supplies – she’s sewing her own wedding dress, as well as all of her bridesmaids’ dresses!
“My favorite piece is this Betsey Johnson vintage coat I’m wearing. I bought it for like $500 when the store in Seattle closed. It’s one of a kind! I wear it all the time.”