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to Shea Steele? SS: It was easier to have that moniker at first, because promoting my name felt weird. But everybody was like, “Why on earth would you not just use your name, Shea? It sounds great.” N: What’s the basis of your aesthetic? SS: I love graphics. I love playing with shapes and proportion. I use large graphic prints as the statement and combine them with a wearable silhouette. The simplicity comes in the ease of the shape. I’ve always aspired to be a woman who looks effortlessly cool. And that’s what I aim to do with my clothes—comfortable, yet becoming. They’re accessible. Finding that happy medium is the perfect place to be. Just enough effort, without overdoing it. N: What’s piquing your interest in style right now? SS: I’m really into playing with layers and density. The tendency is to wear something sheer over something solid. I like the idea of flipping that on its head, so you have something transparent sticking out of something solid. And also pairing different textures. For example: a monochromatic shirt with an opaque collar and cuffs, but with sheer sleeves. Lately, I’ve also been into neckties and structured garments. I haven’t done a lot with structure; normally, I use simple, loose shapes. But I like the idea of balancing a tailored silhouette with simplicity. I might be going for a tailored fit this year, which is new for me. N: What missteps do people often make in fashion? SS: People over-purchase. They’ll have ten jackets, instead of two good ones. Then they’ll throw together these weak pieces, and the clothes end up wearing them. You’re just a vehicle for this mania on your body. That’s why it’s so important to find good, versatile items.

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Native | March 2013 | Nashville, TN  

The Green Issue featuring Nashville's Roderick Bailey (Silly Goose), Modern Arks, Kendra DeColo, Hanzelle, 8th & Roast, Ride for Reading, Ha...

Native | March 2013 | Nashville, TN  

The Green Issue featuring Nashville's Roderick Bailey (Silly Goose), Modern Arks, Kendra DeColo, Hanzelle, 8th & Roast, Ride for Reading, Ha...