Womenswear spotlight: Erin Orland on her Ramona Flowers look
Some people look good even when they dress down. That is the case with health-care worker Erin Orland, who says we spotted her on "an off day." Continue reading to discover her style mantra, what her favorite accessory is, and how some "seedy people" have inspired her life, just not her fashion.
All photos by Mauricio Rocha.
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Name: Erin Orland.
Spotted: On the bus that runs along Broadway.
Profession: I work in health care.
Favorite film: An old classic is Gone With the Wind. A more recent one I really liked is Django Unchained.
2013 jam: "Disarm," by Smashing Pumpkins.
Style inspirations/icons: Bettie Page is one of the first ones I looked up to. Silent-film actress Clara Bow is stunning. Also, some of the people that Denver labels seedy, like the homeless, are inspiring. I'd like to write about the characters I meet one day.
Favorite color: Black.
Favorite accessory: Hair dye. No, but really, I love belts and barrettes.
Style mantra: I say thanks for letting me see the sun, and I'm thankful that the earth is still here, and that everyone in my life is still here. And then I say, "Here we go again!"
Shops at: Thrift stores and boutiques. I like old stuff and used stuff.
These are Orland's black patterned Coach shoes, a brand that she loves. "I dress on my mood. No one can put me in a bracket. I express myself through my clothes. This is my toned-down look. This is as basic as I get, in jeans and a hoodie. I usually dress more elaborate," says Orland. On this day she also accessorized with a Super Big Gulp iced tea from 7-Eleven and a pair of pink headphones.
Style analysis: Sometimes being over the top and excessive in fashion can be fun, and other times it's more practical to tone it down. Orland does so with a black hoodie, denim jeans and Coach kicks. This muted pallet allows her red bob haircut to pop and her pink headphones to stand out as well. Her look is inspired by the people she meets, as well as classic Hollywood icons like Bettie Page and Clara Bow, which when combined create an image of Ramona Flowers from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.
Always honor your style icons and inspirations, Denver.