Style Profile: Ari Fitz, LA/Oakland

You may have come across Ari Fitz, creator of the TOMBOYISH series on Youtube. This popular style series documents her looks once a week and gives tips on putting them together. We were thrilled to reach out and have her show off some outfits for Qwear. If you're worried about looking fly on a budget, you'll be happy to see that her outfits come from affordable brands like Uniqlo, Forever21, and thrift stores.

Where did you grow up & where do you live now?
Grew up in the bay area, currently back and forth between LA and oakland.

How do you think your friends would define your style?
Great question. Today they would say a cleaned up 90's grunge. I've never been incredibly buttoned-up so blending the streetwear and punk aesthetic has always felt like home.

That said, not one friend would say the same thing. I'm constantly challenging my style choices and reinventing my closet. One moment i'm obsessed with minimalism, the next i'm drowning in accessories...

What’s your favorite item in your wardrobe?
Just one? Right now, i'd say my leather jacket.

What’s your biggest style challenge?
Finding something that's uniquely me. I love that style (and all art really) is derivative, but there's something so beautiful about people who have found their uniform, their signature. I think my painstaking closet evolution stems from wanting to find the thing that fits well... me.

Which literary figures do you most admire?
My answer is skewed because i'm a filmmaker and writing my next horror project right now, but i'd say Leigh Whannell (script writer of Saw, Insidious, etc). The man gets story in a classical way. 

Who’s your style icon?
Again, just one? Top of mind, especially as I move closer and closer to a developing my own uniform and experimenting with minimalism.... James Dean.

Look 1: Yellow Scarf
Pashmina scarf: Thrifted
Denim jacket: Levi's
Corduroys: Uniqlo
Blucher shoes: Vintage

Look 2: Double Plaid:
Wide brim hat: Vintage
Flannel shirt: Thrifted
Plaid pants:  Uniqlo
Oxfords: H&M

Look 3: Denim Shirt:
Denim shirt: Forever 21
Shorts: Trukfit
Shoes: Tascani

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As Qwear's Founding Editor, Sonny’s work centers around envisioning a future in which the clothing people wear does not dictate their chances of survival. Sonny was awarded 2015 dapperQ of the Year and was the first trans blogger to be sponsored by Topman. In March 2016, Sonny spoke at South by South West's first official queer fashion panel.