What's in your bag? Local comic Kristin Rand spills fashion philosophy

With autumn arriving on Saturday, many people are ready to sport new looks, complete with coats. One of them is local comedienne Kristin Rand, who has many humorous observations on Denver street style.

Continue reading to learn Rand's personal take on fashion, the best place to people-watch in the city, and what she stores inside her purse.

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Name: Kristin Rand. Spotted at: 15th and Court streets. Profession: Nanny during the day, comic at night. Favorite film: I recently watched Moonrise Kingdom and I thought all the characters were beautiful. Jared Gilman as Sam Shakusky was brilliant. Summer anthem: Usher's latest album, Looking 4 Myself, was on repeat all summer long, and I don't feel guilty about it. A key track is "Climax." Style inspirations/icons: I love anything that is bohemian, but I also love easy, feminine dresses. i like to keep it simple. Favorite accessory: Sunglasses. I have a ton of them, a whole drawer full.I'm addicted.

Favorite color: Although I love a rainbow of colors, I usually like to wear peacock colors: teal and purple.

Style mantra: I typically dress up for most of my shows, as opposed to getting dressed to work with kids. The most fun I have dressing up is before a show, because that's the Kristin I want to put on display, on stage. My mantra is to keep it simple but feminine. I always make sure the clothes are flattering and make me feel confident.

Shops at: Goodwill, Marshalls, T.J. Maxx, Ross, basically anywhere that stuff is real cheap and you can go to a bunch of different stores and find things that no one else will have. I'm not a big boutique, full-price type of person.

This stone elephant is Rand's wardrobe staple. "I wear it every day and it used to belong to my grandmother," she explains. "When she passed away, I found it on a shelf in her home and made it a necklace. I get compliments on it all the time." "I think that style is an art form, and I appreciate it the same way that I appreciate art," she says. "Some people use the term 'hipster' and have all this animosity towards people who go to places like City, O' City. But I love to go to City, O' City especially, and watch what people wear there, because even their hair is styled as if for a movie."

Check out what's inside Kristin Rand's purse on page 2!

Of her stand-up and sketch comedy, Rand says: "I think developing a true voice is an important value; the truer I am to myself, the more genuine the act. Comedy is my lover. My humor is just goofy observational stuff -- it's all over the map, really. Mostly about myself and my experiences. Its definitely not for all audiences -- I can get pretty dirty."

As to her comic inspiration, "I have always been performing since I was very young," Rand says. "Growing up, watching Saturday Night Live had a huge influence on me. I idolized Julia Louis Dreyfus, too. I know making people laugh is what I am here on this planet to do. I feel super-fortunate to know that."

This is a pink suede purse that Rand received from her mother. Let' find out what this funny woman takes to the streets....

Inside we have a tin depicting a woman in bed with text that reads, "What had she done? and with whom?" for a very dramatic and retro effect. Next in line is a business card featuring Rand's hilarious head shot, a circular case of Tuscan blood orange-scented perfume, keys with a crocheted key chain and, last but not least, an iPhone with a cracked screen.

Style analysis: With Kristin Rand, comedy and fashion flow effortlessly. She knows when to break out the right outfits -- whether for toddlers during the day or on stage at prime time. She has a fun, easygoing, boho style, here exemplied by a baby-blue overcoat, colorful scarf and gold ballet flats. She reminds us that fashion, like comedy, is universal: Who doesn't enjoy a good laugh or looking their best?

Remember, Denver, personality and fashion can liven any somber day with wit and style.

Catch Kristin Rand preform at these upcoming gigs:

-LadyFace presents Back to School: Sketch Comedy on Saturday, September 22 at Bender's Tavern; shows at 7:30 and 10 p.m.

-The Blacktop Festival, 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, September 29 in the lobby of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.

-New Faces Contest Semifinals, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 3 at Comedy Works DTC.

-"Delusions of Randeur," her new show, will debut at Beauty Bar Wednesday, October 17; she'll be performing with her partner in crime, Total Ghost's Randy Washington. The free show will continue on the third Wednesday of each month at 9 p.m. -- and it's free!

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Mauricio Octavio Rocha graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in English writing and a minor in cinema studies; He has been writing about fashion and style for Westword since 2012. Rocha also writes songs for his music and art project, VULGAR FEVER.
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