Style Profile: Gabrielle Ricci, NYC
I love the way Gabrielle take's inspiration from their environment for their outfits. They go from urban to nautical in this profile, and I'm digging every second of it!
Photographer: Caitlin Shea
Where did you grow up & where do you live now?
I was born in Westchester, NY, and I lived there until I was 13. The summer before I started 8th grade I moved to St. Augustine, Florida. Now, at age 22, I live in New York City. Life comes full circle sometimes.
How do you think your friends would define your style?
I think they would say that I am “put together.” I try to look good no matter what I am doing because I’m really passionate about fashion. There are some days when I look dapper and other days I have more of a street wear thing going on. I don’t think I fall into a category or that my friends can define it under a certain look. I wear what I want, but I am always put together (or at least I think I am).
What’s your favorite item in your wardrobe?
My shoes are all prized possessions. I guard them like they are my children. I couldn’t just pick one pair of shoes…that would be incredibly cruel. If I had to choose a specific item in my wardrobe though, I would pick my Members Only jacket. It’s a nice fashion staple. It can be dressed up or dressed down, a solid go-to in fashion emergencies.
What’s your biggest style challenge?
Being on the shorter side has created a lot of style challenges. Certain pants are too long or baggy, and they end up making me look shorter than I actually am. I also have trouble with men’s button-down shirts because even the x-smalls are way too big or too long. When I do want a long casual shirt to wear, it ends up looking like a dress. Sometimes you never win. I’ve tried to solve this problem by shopping in the boys’ section of certain stores, but they only have so much, and I end up looking like a 12-year-old.
Which literary figures do you most admire?
Right now, I am really into Malcolm Gladwell. He wrote Outliers, The Tipping Point, and Blink. He does an excellent job at making non-fiction exciting. His books are best-sellers and are appealing to a wide variety of audiences. I’ve never read a book by him that wasn’t captivating from beginning to end.
Who’s your style icon?
I don’t have one style icon because I don’t feel as though my style is one thing. I really like the way Justin Bieber dresses (no shame here). When he dresses up, he looks clean-cut. When he dresses “down”, he puts together items of clothing that you wouldn’t necessarily think would look good. I also really like this guy I follow on Instagram. His name is Denny Balmaceda (@Denny623), and he is a menswear blogger. I would say he is my idea of dapper: always looks like he is about to be interviewed. He pretty much looks like he should have a pipe in his mouth at all times. Maybe he will see this and we can collaborate on something….
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