Style Profile: Connie, North Carolina/Boston
Connie and I crossed paths a few times around Boston and I adored her mix-matched styles. It's always exciting to see what she's going to come up with next, and how she messes around with gender presentation.
Where did you grow up & where do you live now?
I grew up in the middle of the woods in Newport, North Carolina, and have lived in Boston, MA for almost 2 years.
How do you think your friends would define your style?
A mixture. Masculine and feminine, basics with thrifted jackets, practical shoes and impractical skirts.
What’s your favorite item in your wardrobe?
The silver alligator ring my dad bought me when I was in high school. I left it at a diner by accident, and came back the next day and it was gone. A few years later, the owner of the diner saw a former waitress come in wearing the ring. He remembered my dad asking about my lost ring, because my dad is a locksmith who does a lot of business with the diner, so he asked for it from her and saved it in an envelope for me. It came back to me, years after I had lost it, and now I wear it almost every day to remind myself that things have a way of finding their way back home.
What’s your biggest style challenge?
I hate spending money but I love interesting clothes and well-made shoes.
Which literary figures do you most admire?
Naoki Urasawa, Miranda July, Kurt Vonnegut.
Who’s your style icon?
I love the way Kiko Mizuhara mixes masculine and feminine pieces, and I'm definitely inspired by old pictures of my mom in Taiwan.
Look 1: Maroon & Birds
Bird clip: Michaels Arts & Crafts
Button-up: The Garment District (J. Crew)
Sweater: Thrifted (Banana Republic)
Jacket: Mom's hand-me-down
Shoes: Doc Martens
Watch: Cartoon Network
Photographs by Katie Minton