I have to confess something.
Contrary to what kids at my school would believe, my style isn’t as “unique” or “trendy” as they’ve apparently been lead to assume. The fact is, I steal. Every person interested (or not) in fashion can tell you the same: that their style stemmed from somewhere and will probably never fully blossom because they’re too dependent on Pinterest for style life support. When I was in elementary school, my obsession with all things French began. It was pretty random at the time (like my Revolutionary War obsession, weirdo) but I now realize that it was probably the style that attracted me even then. I won’t, however, count out my affinity for bread, cheese, and looking vaguely annoyed all the time as factors. Taking fashion journalism at FIT has confirmed by belief that fashion writers have the best jobs ever, because they write about people who inspire them for a living. Here’s a collection of just a few of the people and characters that have inspired my style and continue to make me blow my money on an excessive amount of striped shirts.
Might as well start at the top. Alexa Chung, in my eyes, can do no wrong. Not only was she one of about 3 people who looked good in the 2000s, but her style consistently improves what seems like every day. Writer/model/presenter, Alexa owns the slash game. Ever want to feel super boring? Look at her Instagram page. Every picture is just as stylish and cool as you would expect it to be. It’s impossible to choose just one Chung outfit to display so I’ve opted for this one where she’s probably taking the best photo you’ve ever seen.
Before there was Chung, there was Birkin. French yé-yé in the 60s is probably one of the best things to ever happen to fashion (note Francoise Hardy, Anna Karina, Brigitte Bardot and all the cool girls who I’m not including but still cry over). No one wears jeans and converse like Jane and no one ever will. The world’s most famous bag is named after her and she makes wicker baskets look cool (currently hunting for one this summer, hope it works out). She has inspired the likes of Jeanne Damas and her daughters, Lou Doillon and Charlotte Gainsbourg, are some of fashion’s favorite girls right now.
This one’s a bit stranger. Man Repeller wrote an article a little while ago about the New Kind of Prep, referencing the Dead Poets Society boys as a source of inspo and I was startled by how much I agreed. Those guys definitely appreciated the value of a Gucci loafer and Ethan Hawke’s character was probably so upset about that desk set present because he was lusting after a new Burberry sweater. Granted, if this wasn’t the 50s they would probably dress like lax bros outside of uniform, but I’m willing to suspend disbelief and appreciate their style up-front.
I watched Camille Rowe’s closet tour for British Vogue and almost cried from the overwhelming desire for everything she owns. I’m sure she’s been the only overall-clad face of Dior and she does it really well. She has the kind of dream collection of vintage shirts and jeans that make you think that high fashion is equivalent to levis and a slogan tee. She too has an affinity for wicker baskets and an enviable instagram feed- I’m sensing a theme here.
And that’s that! Honorable mentions go to Mick Jagger, Jon Snow (in the winter) and Florence Welch. Oh, and Luke Skywalker. Always Luke Skywalker.