What I Learned From My Personal Style Icons

1990's Drew Barrymore had a major impact on my style.

1990′s Drew Barrymore had a major impact on my style.

From the beginning, I’ve been pretty obsessed with fashion. Although I’ll never have the knowledge of our beloved Deputy Editor, Ashley Cardiff, I know what I like and what I do like, I know a lot about.

While my favorite designers of the past 10 years or so have been Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen, they haven’t really impacted my personal look. It’s in people, or specific characters, that I have found my style, and their impression on me that has made my fashion sense evolve over the years.

I know some of you hate this term, but I have and will always be a tomboy. I like to keep things simple from my hair down to my shoes, and I can bounce between what is regarded as conventionally girly to something that is, well, conventionally “boyish.”

I didn’t realize just how much my personal style icons were really similar until I sat down last night and put them in order from beginning to now. Outside of my brief Courtney Love phase, I’ve been pretty consistent, so maybe that means I’m not as extreme in my taste as I thought.

Photo: Rolling Stone, June 1995

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    • http://blisstree.com/ Carrie Murphy

      I know this is a personal style icon thing (aka YOUR style icons) but thanks for not putting Diane Keaton as Annie Hall in here. I am so tired of seeing that as if it’s an interesting, creative reference, not something I’ve seen on blogs and magazines like 40,000 times.

      • Amanda Chatel

        I couldn’t even if I wanted to… I’m the only person to have never seen Annie Hall. Not a big Woody Allen fan…

      • Nancy

        Same! I’m not a big Diane Keaton fan, either

      • http://helloalle.com/ Alle

        I also have not seen Annie Hall, but I think it involves a lot of turtlenecks. NO THANKS.

        Can we have a personal style icon comment-fest? Mine also double as beauty and life icons, and include Auntie Mame, Little Edie (I KNOW I KNOW, OVERDONE), every ballet teacher I’ve ever had, Serena from Bewitched, Morticia Addams, Dolly Parton, RuPaul, The Little Mermaid, The Golden Girls, Jack White circa the heyday of The White Stripes, my Nana and my best friend.

      • Amanda Chatel

        That’s what I wanted! A personal style icon comment-fest! Thanks for starting the trend, A-Dawg!

        Also your icons are VERY similar to my best friend Mattie’s… which makes me wonder if inside you’re a 28-year-old gay man…

      • http://helloalle.com/ Alle

        I think we BOTH know that I am.


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      • Lemona

        I listened!

        As a kid, I started with Pee Wee and Minnie Mouse as style icons. So I was wearing bow ties, vests, and lots of polka dot stuff (not all at once, of course). Then I moved on to outfits inspired by Freddie Mercury or directly copied from him. Somehow, no one ever noticed. I guess I thought someone would! Then I did a Stevie Nicks long-flowy-and-velvet thing, and really, that’s as bad as the Diane Keaton reference, isn’t it?

        Now I guess I’m going back to my early love of polka dots and menswear, which has never left me, and I’m hoping to combine it with a Bond-villainess vibe. Is this possible?

        Alle, I’d love to see how you rock the Auntie Mame inspiration. If only I were so bold . . . .

      • Amanda Chatel

        And Lemona gets the star of the day! Love it.

      • http://helloalle.com/ Alle

        It mostly involves a lot of lipstick, silk scarves worn as turbans, old-ass furs and fur collars, a weird kimono jacket and huge statement necklaces and bracelets. I still need to get some bells, though.

      • Lemona

        I have a weird kimono jacket too! It’s reversible. This is useful in case I ever need to switch it quickly, to be in disguise as the *other* person who wore a kimono jacket to the party.

      • http://blisstree.com/ Carrie Murphy

        YES Blanche.