Womenswear Wednesdays: Visual merchandiser Michelle McBride on her lofty look

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This is the black-and-brown accented tote bag that McBride carries with her. Let's take a peak inside, shall we? Inside the purse is her passport; South of No North, a collection of short stories by Charles Bukowski; DKNY Be Delicious perfume, two tubes of lipstick; Sephora lotion and a Burberry eyewear case with tortoise-shell shades. There is also half of a compact that McBride received from her grandmother, a black Sharpie, keys with a skeleton key and a rubber toy panda from Claire's, an iPhone and a brown wallet. Style analysis: McBride pulls from an eclectic mix of inspirations to craft her own look: the film To Wong Foo teaches her about self-confidence, while Audrey Hepburn's iconic cut and Karl Lagerfeld's black uniform resonate as well. She shops all over until she finds fashion that fits her vintage-grandpa-chic look.

Don't be afraid to draw inspiration from old Hollywood, European designers and even your own family, Denver.

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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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