Style Profile: Anita, Columbus, OH

Note from our Editor-in-Chief: Recently we connected with Cincinnati-based photographer Cassandra Zetta, who focuses on same-sex / LGBTQ+ weddings.

We are thrilled to work with her as she brings us looks from the Midwest and wherever else her travels may take her. But lest this be a lesson that you don't need to live in a big bustling city to be a fashionable queer! - Sonny

I love that Anita crosses gender binaries to create a one-of-a-kind look. She adds personality in her outfits through using surprise elements: a holster bag, a graphic tee under a mustard blazer, and a tie under a graphic tee. These unexpected pairings are refreshing, and allow her to dress up or dress down any article from her wardrobe. 

Where did you grow up & where do you live now?
I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. And now I live in Columbus, Ohio :)

How do you think your friends would define your style?
I would think they would say "random" or "androgynous." But I had to ask and find out! Here's the amusing list I got - modern, funky, punky, gentlewoman, clean, sharp, vintage edge, eclectic, fun, quirky, bad-ass. I would have never thought of those words but I dig it!

What’s your favorite item in your wardrobe?
The holster bag. For two reasons. One, I haaaaate carrying a purse around. And two, I feel like Tomb Raider.

What’s your biggest style challenge?
Since most of my clothes come from gifts, hand-me-downs, and thrift stores, they are often not the right size or what I would consider wearing.But I've learned to embrace what I have and "Tim Gunn" it to make it my own.

Which literary figures do you most admire?
I tend to gear towards really tomboyish characters who are strong and smart (and sometimes sexy) so like Katniss, Hermoine, Mulan, Juno...and we need more of that!

Who’s your style icon?
Joseph Gordon Levitt and Ellen Page. I like that they look awesome without trying too hard. Whether they are dressed up or dressed down, it's sharp and casual at the same time.

Look 1:
Shirt: US Polo
Pants: Zara
Shoes: Sporto
Holster bag: Etsy
Necklace: Etsy
Sunglasses: Hand-me-down
Bracelet: Etsy
Earrings: Claire's

Look 2:
Blazer: Esley - The Boutique Truck
Shirt: Blondie
Pants: 21 Denim, Forever 21
Scarf: Unknown, gift
Suspenders: Unknown, gift
Shoes: H.H.Brown, hand-me-down
Earrings: Unknown, gift

Look 3:
Collared shirt: JC Penny
T-shirt: Red Bubble
Tie: Unknown, hand-me-down
Hat: Stetson
Pants: Refuge - Charlotte Russe
Shoes: Born, DSW
Earrings: Unknown, gift