Style Profile: Karina, Salt Lake City
Karina Qwear Style Profile
Karina Qwear Style Profile
Karina Qwear Style Profile
Karina Qwear Style Profile
Karina Qwear Style Profile
Karina Qwear Style Profile
Karina Qwear Style Profile

Where did you grow up & where do you live now?
As an Air Force brat, I grew up all over the place. I was born in San Antonio, Texas and I lived there for about ten years. In 2000, we moved to Montgomery, Alabama. By 2004, my family had settled at our final station in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Although my family has resided in Utah for the past decade, I’ve also lived in South Korea, New York City (Queens) and Buffalo, NY; I currently live and work in Salt Lake City, UT.

How do you think your friends would define your style?
You know, that’s a pretty good question. I suppose if they had to bring my personal style down to a few words, adjectives such as 'clean', 'classic', and/or 'American' would suffice. (Or they would call me something ridiculous like The Great Fratsby, you know?) I think I’ve borrowed my favorite looks from every corner of the globe I’ve been lucky enough to experience; I pay a great deal of attention to the aesthetic of both people and their surroundings, so it’s something I like to pay homage to in my self-expression and presentation.

What’s your favorite item in your wardrobe?
I’m most fond of my gold watch — it's subtle, yet connotative of a certain distinction. 

What’s your biggest style challenge?
Phew, where would you like me to start? I have a long torso/broad shoulder combo paired to a short leg/small hip set, so I have to be careful when styling so not as to truncate my body. When it comes to shirts, I usually look for a men's slim fit or a women's "boyfriend" fit to accommodate my shoulders and torso length. With pants, AE and GAP both carry petite sizes with a more flattering inseam that save me from bunching fabric and interrupting lines. 

Which literary figures do you most admire?
My favourite literary works include: “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov, and Arthur Miller’s play “The Crucible”. In addition to these three authors, I'm also fond of the work of Virginia Woolf and H.P Lovecraft.

Who’s your style icon?
In regards to style icons, I’m fond of the fashion and styling of Nate Ruess and Sara Quin. They both are a little more adventurous with their choices but they’re wonderful about re-livening more modest pieces. They’re this steady balance of hipster and classic motifs; I’m just really about it.

Look 1: On The Docks
Shoes: Authentic Original 2-Eye Boat Shoe Sperry Top-Sider
Blazer: Classic Pique Blazer by GAP
Shirt: Fitted Boyfriend Mini Stripe by GAP
Shorts: AE Khaki Boyfit Bermuda
Watch: Fossil Sylvia Gold Watch
Sunglasses: RayBans/Clubmaster

Look 2: Stripes
Sweater: Gap Contrast Trim Sweater
Shirt: Chambray by J.Crew
Sunglasses: RayBans/Clubmaster

Look 3: Ocean
Shirt: AE Paneled Short Sleeve Button Up
Jeggings: AE
Watch: Fossil Sylvia Gold Watch
Sunglasses: RayBans/Clubmaster
Shoes: Authentic Original 2-Eye Boat Shoe Sperry Top-Sider

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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.