No matter how much designers and marketers might try to stereotype fashion as menswear and womenswear, style remains rebellious and defiant by nature. Local taste-maker Ryan Bailey, a biology major and Washington native, embraces his own skin -- and looks flaw-free while doing so. Continue reading to discover his style mantra, where he shops, and what's inside his bag. See also: - Womenswear Wednesdays: Austin native Monique Trejo on her riot grrrl-inspired look - Womenswear Wednesdays: Art student Haley Swenson on her Tank Girl- inspired look - Womenswear Wednesdays: Blogger and designer Felicia Renee on her street style
Name: Ryan Bailey.
Spotted at: 13th and Sherman streets.
Profession: I currently work at the University of Colorado Denver's payroll office, although I'm taking a semester off. I'm planning to finish my degree in biology in Washington later this year.
Favorite film: Spring Breakers is a new contender for my favorite film. I love Harmony Korine, and that movie has a fun mix of Britney Spears and Scareface working for it. I love that Ashley Benson is in it, too, along with all the Disney stars.
2013 jam: Fidlar's "AWWWKWAARRRDDD (ft. Kate Na$h)."
Style inspirations/icons: David Bowie, Robert Smith and Mykki Blanco. I like people who play with gender a lot -- the people who take masculinity, flip it and put it on its head.
Favorite accessory: Necklaces. I love shapes.
Favorite color: Black, mint green and purple.
Style mantra: I view fashion as putting on a costume, and I basically decide what persona I want to put on each day.
Shops at: Buffalo Exchange; the ARC has surprisingly good things; Forever 21 and Goodwill.
"It's been a really interesting experience being more vocal about my gender identity," says Bailey, who is transitioning from female to male. "Coming to Denver and moving from my family and old friends in Washington, and that whole small-town mentality, helped me to carve my own identity. I feel very free and comfortable expressing myself through fashion. I'm starting to appreciate my style instead of fearing others' perception of me."
One of Bailey's favorite accessories, this necklace features a golden geometric cube.
Bailey adorns his hands with rings and bracelets. The charm bracelet is from Lucky, and his hands are marked X since he went to a Waves show at the Larimer Lounge a couple of days ago. The nails on the ring fingers of both hands are painted mint green, since that is one of Bailey's favorite colors -- and it matches his turquoise rings.
These sushi socks are very kitsch, and they pop against the transparent Jelly sandals.
Continue reading to see what Bailey keeps in his bag.
This is the floral-printed backpack we spotted Bailey carrying.
But wait -- not only did Bailey have a backpack, he was also sporting a bonus black fannypack with a button that reads, "Not everybody is a good body." Let's see what kind of items Bailey keeps with him when he's on the go.
The two bags hold an interesting combination of things. There's a vintage photograph of a band that Bailey took from an abandoned house that he and friends rummaged through back in Washington. There is a Washington ID, a pack of Marlboro cigarettes, the complete poems of Anne Sexton, Pablo Holmberg's Eden, a Spring Breakers movie-ticket stub, a cell phone, and a Portland-brand black lipstick that goes on like Chapstick.
Style analysis: While many may fear what others think of them, Ryan Bailey proves that carving your own niche is the way to a more comfortable and fashionable lifestyle. He pairs a black fur with a black skirt and accents those with a floral top and backpack. The red shades, mint green accessories and other sparks of color electrify this look into springtime goth bliss. Bailey takes style cues from Spring Breakers with neon hues, and dares to rebuke the standards of womenswear and even menswear in the process.
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