On Capitol Hill, we often see a particular blend of fashion: part-professional, part-funky. This week on the Hill we spotted Einstein shift manager and college student Ashley Tate, referencing her style icon, Audrey Hepburn. Keep reading to learn where she shops, her favorite accessory and her style mantra.
Name: Ashley Tate.
Spotted at: 14th and Sherman streets.
Profession: I'm a a shift manager at Einstein Bros Bagels and a fulltime student majoring in education. i want to be an alternative high school teacher.
Favorite film: Cabin in the Woods.
2013 jam: "Royals" by Lorde.
Style inspirations/icons: More than anything, it's past decades that I try to put a modern twist on. The 1940s and 1950s are my favorite decades. Audrey Hepburn is one of my style icons.
Favorite color: Purple.
Favorite accessory: Bags, purses all day. I have at least fifty.
Style mantra: How does your outfit make you feel that day? With your fashion you can transform into a different person.
Shops at: For brand names I shop at TJ Maxx and Ross. Otherwise, Goodwill on South Broadway, Buffalo Exchange and thrift stores. That's pretty much it. I got my coat from Amazon.com.
"It's all about finding what works for you and what makes you feel comfortable. But also be daring to try new things," says Tate. Here she shows a triple-zipper bag, which is a find from TJ Maxx. Tate has a love for Darth Vader and Star Wars, and she shows it with a button on her lapel. "Channel your confidence into an outfit," she advises.
Style analysis: Tate proves that it is possible to update classic styles from the '40s, '50s and early '60s. Her long black opera gloves and sunglasses are very Breakfast at Tiffany's, but her caped-pea coat and Star Wars memorabilia make the look more personalized and fun.Tate is taking styles from the past and building on them to forge new territory in fashion.
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When in doubt, update classic looks, Denver.