Womenswear Wednesdays: Dance teacher Lysiane Ayite on her Parisian style
All photos by Mauricio Rocha
Summer continues to scorch, and so does Denver women's wear. This week, we spotted Lysiane Ayite, a dance teacher and Aveda student, wearing unique accessories with an all-black ensemble. Keep reading to learn about who her style icons are, where she shops, and what her 2013 jam is.
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Name: Lysiane Ayite.
Spotted at: 17th and California streets.
Profession: I teach dance at the Community College of Aurora, and at a studio. I'm also a cosmetology student at Aveda Institute of Denver.
Favorite film: Dirty Dancing. It brings to mind lots of memories, like when I first realized I wanted to teach dance and become a dancer.
2013 jam: "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke featuring Pharrell Williams and TI.
Style inspirations/icons: Nicole Richie: I love her boho chic look. Gwen Stefani: I like her comfortable but classy lady look.
Favorite color: Yellow because it's the sunshine color.
Favorite accessory: Earrings. I have a ton. I have a jewelry tray in my bathroom that is really full.
Style mantra: For me, it's all about how I feel; if I feel beautiful and comfortable. If I look good, I feel good.
Shops at: My favorite store ever is Zara. I also love Free People.
Ayite is a Paris native who moved to Denver ten years ago. "I've been dancing ballet since I was two back home, and I teach ballet now," she says.
"I'm just a hippie at heart," says Ayite on her matching peace symbol bracelet and tattoo.
These are Ayite's boots that she dared to wear on a hot summer day. "The biggest difference between European fashion and Denver fashion is that in Europe everyone gets dressed up every day," she points out.
Style analysis: While many people fear dressing in black during summer, Ayite does so to meet the uniform standards of her school, but she also adds her own flair. The head wrap she rocks is inspired by Nicole Richie's bohemian, layered style, and her double set of earrings shows how much she loves earrings: her favorite accessory. Her black leggings with black dress and black boots create a perfect template that allows her personal style to shine, like her symbolic tattoo and bracelet. Ayite combines the dressed-up mentality of Paris with the comfort sensibility of Denver to represent her style perspective.
Always honor your hometown with your fashion, Denver.