Charlotte City Style
We pulled four Charlotteans out of the daily grind to get a glimpse at the gear they rock on the regular and what it reveals about their personalities
Matt Gordon, 26
Occupation: Investment banker at McColl Partners
I describe my personal style as: Traditional with some edge.
Why do Charlotteans wear: Carbon copy looks—we all have different personalities and different backgrounds, so shouldn’t we all have different looks? Wear what makes you, you—not what makes you “fit in.”
Every man’s/woman’s wardrobe should have: Loafers—and that goes for both sexes.
You won’t catch me in: Polyester.
I splurge on: Timeless items, like quality blazers and suits, watches, and well-fitting jeans.
Vani Hari, 33
Occupation: Management consultant, writer and founder of FoodBabe.com (and DNC delegate)
I describe my personal style as: Classic but modern, with a Southern, feminine touch.
I splurge on: I’ve been on a shopping diet for a year now. I used to splurge on handbags.
My fashion role model is: My mom. Her hate of the color black [and] love of gold jewelry and everything sparkling has definitely had an influence on me. As a bonus, she really knows what looks good on me, and I can’t thank her enough for that.
Trey Burklin, 27
Occupation: Pit crew member for Joe Gibbs Racing
I describe my personal style as: Confusing. Wearing beanies during the summer or bright pink shoes probably isn’t the norm.
Why do Charlotteans wear: The frat boy uniform—let it go.
Every man’s/woman’s wardrobe should have: A nice, well-tailored suit. I either dress way up or dress way down. The in-the-middle-business-casual look is all anyone wears now.
You won’t catch me in: A graphic tee, fedora, or heavily stitched jeans.
Stephanie Cook, 29
Occupation: Hairstylist at Cirrus Salon
I describe my personal style as: Ever-evolving and always changing. Maybe boho, hobo, biker chic?
Why do Charlotteans wear: Hey, wear what makes you happy! I’m not here to judge.
Every man’s/woman’s wardrobe should have: Something that reminds them of a whimsical movie character from childhood.
My fashion role model is: My husband. With little effort, he pulls off things you sometimes wouldn’t give a second glance and somehow makes them a new trend.