A quick look through any photographic images of me through the years will reveal several things. My teeth suck, I had REALLY bad hair for most of my life, and I have constantly changed my style. I’ve found over the course of my little evolution that while much of my style is of my own invention, I do take some undeniable cues from the pop culture figures in my life. Don’t judge me for what I’m about to reveal to you. As Kat Dennings said in a hilarious blog post, “Shhhh. Open your heart”
1. Bruce Springsteen.
This man has been a source of infinite inspiration to me over the years, and that includes style. I wear a lot of black tshirts, skinny jeans, boots and leather jackets. Thanks, Boss.
2. Amy Winehouse.
Where do you think I got my eyeliner from?
3. Stevie Nicks.
Lots of black, and lace and just fantastic fabrics. Please, try and find a flaw in this woman’s style…aside from that ill-advised perm in the 80s. Disregard that.
4. Ducky from Pretty in Pink.
This movie was SEMINAL in my growth. I purchased a pair of shoes because they were as close as I got get to the Duckman’s.
5. Audrey Hepburn.
Zero explanation necessary, but I’ll give you one anyway. I think of her every time I put on pearls, skinny jeans and a pair of flats. Classic.
6. Tom Waits.
Fedoras + blazers + a piano that’s been drinking.
7. Zooey Deschanel.
She’s hilarious and adorable and has SUCH great style. My hair dresser always cuts my bangs so that I’ll look like her, apparently.
8. Michael J Fox.
This is a weird one, but I was SO in love with him in high school, I basically just sought to look like Marty McFly. I have the EXACT SAME NIKES TO PROVE IT.
9. Molly Ringwald in the Brat Pack Era.
This girl rocked a hat like no one else ever. Okay, maybe not ever, but her style was bitchin’. Round of applause, ladies and gents.
10. Country Winston Marshall from Mumford & Sons.
He plays a banjo, and he’s got this awesome folk look about him that’s equal parts 19th centruy American West and 21st century coolness.
*BONUS*: Helena Bonham Carter. She’s over the top and utterly herself and really, isn’t that what fashion is all about?