Style Profile: Blair, Detroit

Blair's style is so unique that it's hard to pin point.

Every outfit they wear has a different feel, all taking vintage elements and making them their own. I'm not surprised that they take inspiration from Street Etiquette, because those guys know how to thrift. My favorite part might just be those thick clear frames they got at H&M. H&M's frames are very poorly made and run between just $5 and $10, but if worn as an accent and not relied on as actual frames, I'm now convinced they can be a worthwhile accessory. It just goes to show that with the right eye you can pick something golden without spending much money.

This was to promote a local vintage collector's online boutique, Scarcity Detroit
Alley& Eye Sunglasses / Levi's Jeans / Puma Sneakers / Everything else from Scarcity Detroit

Eddie Bauer Coat, thrifted at Value World/ Michael Kors Leather Jacket, Bloomingdale's /
5panel Hat / Levi's Jeans / Lord & Taylor Scarves / Sunglasses Gifted from next door neighbor

Where did you grow up & where do you live now?
I was born and raised on the westside of Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from college in Baltimore, I decided to come back home & start my career in re-defining the city's image through the narrative of style.

How do you think your friends would define your style?
I think my friend's would define my style as a "unique-tomboy with a vintage and school teacher flare."

What’s your favorite item in your wardrobe? 
Right now, my favorite item that I have in my wardrobe is my vintage bluejean Levi vest. I like to connect myself to the past through clothing. It was gifted to me from a vintage collector's personal wardrobe, so the piece comes with a lot of history.

What’s your biggest style challenge?
I naturally gravitate toward men's fashion and add feminine accents to create a womanly look. But if my base is not that, then it's hard for me to find the right balance of sexy, feminine & current.

Which literary figures do you most admire?
I admire Assata Shakur & Angela Davis. They are educated, resilient fighters. Their stories and experiences inspire me to take agency within my community and be the leader that we are all looking to be.

Who’s your style icon?
I keep saying Kanye West and he's still my number one. But Solange's eye for color and contrast gives me a lot of inspiration. The guys at Street Etiquette and artreprenuer, Delano Brown, give me all the life that I need to stay focused, push my style and trust my talent. 

Photography by Bree Gant and China Moore

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.