Best in Street Fashion

Best in Street Fashion
ESSENCE.COM Feb, 19, 2009

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The Economy is tanking, the jobless rate is increasing by the day, but that
doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your style during these tough times. On
the last day of Fashion Week, ESSENCE.com combed the streets of New York City, searching for everyday people to give us their style secrets. Keep clicking and read what these New Yorkers had to say about their fashion
choices.

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Name: Tiffany Dyson
Age: 23
Hometown: New York City

“All types of music inspires my look. If I’m listening to alternative, I’ll wear something like what I have on now. Or if it’s hip-hop, I’ll be a little more funky. Music sets me off to a different place.”

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Name: Raza Ojeda
Age: 35
Hometown: Brooklyn

“The thing with menswear, you get what you pay for. Women can get things cheap. Guys can’t do that. You buy a $40 shirt; it looks like a $40 shirt.”

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Name: Andrea Arterbery
Age: 25
Hometown: Marshall, Texas

“I pull my inspiration from the streets of New York as well as my fashionable friends.”

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Name: Sonjia Williams
Age: 23
Hometown: Boston

“I never, ever care what anybody else thinks about what I wear. I wear whatever feels good.”

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Name: Duane Littles
Age: 33
Hometown: Long Island, New York

“I produce a sketch comedy show, so most of my inspiration comes from myself. I like to go against the grain, which I think most men are scared of doing.”

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Name: Jordana David
Age: 21
Hometown: New York City

“I still love to be comfortable and a bit modest…got to leave some room for imagination. Wink, wink.”

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Name: Darius Wobil
Age:26
Hometown: New York City

“You have to layer up and be conscious of the weather; you don’t want to layer up in the wrong terms. Public-wise, in the daytime you keep it conservative. On the outside, it’s open up. I do try to keep the multi-texture going.”

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Name: Shirley Edgewood
Hometown: Harlem, New York

“I’ve had this coat for over two years now. I always get compliments whenever I wear it; it’s a constant refresher. Somewhat like when you go to church each Sunday and get reacquainted with God.”

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Name: Arthur Gonsalves
Age: 64
Hometown: New York City

“People always want to take pictures of me. I say, ‘Sure, you want a picture with a real war man?’I carry certain articles about myself, just in case they question who I am.”

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Name: Latsha Kearney
Age: 22
Hometown: East Orange, New Jersey

“I like to think of myself as a thermostat-people adjust to me, not vice versa. A rebel in my own mind.”