I stopped NICOLE, the news desk manager for SNL Financial, on the street outside Market Street Market. “This is my typical [work] attire,” she said. “One of the best things about working at SNL is that it has a casual work environment…I’ve seen someone wear their swim trunks in there before.” Nicole’s sophisticated look isn’t inspired by anyone in particular, but is the result of a smart shopping mantra. “I just find the places that I love…and I just choose whatever the heck I like.” Nicole is wearing a coat by J.Crew, J. Brand jeans from Anthropologie, Pink Studio boots and a sleek Hobo bag from O’Suzannah.
MICHELLE is a graduate student at UVA studying architectural history. I stopped her on the Downtown Mall to get the details behind her menswear-influenced ensemble. “I don’t put much thought into it, to be honest,” said Michelle, a big fan of street style bloggers Garance Doré and Scott Schuman. She is wearing an anorak by Zara with trousers from American Apparel. Her shirt was picked up at a thrift store and her shoes came from a store in Istanbul.
I ran into BETH, an assistant at the Blue Moon Fund, on the downtown mall. She describes her style as “classic with a little bit of trend thrown in,” and looks to style icons Lauren Hutton and Charlotte Gainsbourg for inspiration. “Some days I’m in all American Apparel and some days I’m classic in J.Crew.” Beth is wearing a trench by J.Crew with Club Monaco pants and shoes from Shoe Mint, accessorized with a statement necklace from Duo consignment and a Cole Haan bag handed down to her from her mother.