Best Dressed 2017

This year’s Best Dressed class started with nominations from readers like you. There are suits with sparks of personality, 1940s inspiration and plenty of eclectic style.

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Emileigh Rogers, 25

Manager at Music Precedent, Ltd.; Associate Pastor at Life360 Intercultural Campus

Where do you find inspiration for your closet?
“I love the styles of the 1930s and 1940s, and I mix in pieces from other cultures I’ve lived in (particularly East Africa).”

What do you think is the worst fashion faux pas?
“Very few people wear tailored items anymore. They assume they have to buy stretchy off-the-rack clothes that don’t fit them well because that’s largely what’s available, but these fast-fashion items don’t take our unique shapes and sizes into account. An item tailored to your size and specific shape is far more flattering and worth the investment.”

How long does it take you to get ready to go out or go to work?
“I pin curl my hair the evening before, so it only takes me about 30 minutes to get ready in the morning.”

If you could wear one brand or designer for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
“Vintage Schiaparelli.”

Who are your fashion role models?  
“Women of the 1930s and 1940s are inspiring to me because they managed to look put-together despite poverty and war rationing. They used their creativity to make fabulous items for themselves and their families while on shoestring budgets.”

What three words define your personal style?  
“Vintage, ethnic, edgy.”

What’s your signature piece?
“I love solid colored suits! They’re versatile and easy to mix and match, dress up or down.”

Finish this sentence: I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing...
“I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing UGG boots.”

What are your favorite places to shop that are in 417-land?  
“All of the various flea markets, especially the ones in Ozark!”

What are your favorite places to shop that are not in 417-land?  
“Etsy is a favorite! [It’s a] great place to find vintage of all kinds. I even got my wedding dress on there!”

What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever worn?
“In my teenager identity crisis years, I really liked giantly baggy yellow pants and utility belts made of Altoid tins. So embarrassing.” 

What’s the most you’ve ever spent on a must-have piece of clothing, and what was it?  
“The most I’ve spent was $250 on a vintage 1940s novelty print dress.”  

What’s the best bargain you’ve ever found?  
“I found a 1940s rayon dress in a flea market for $8. It needed a bit of love, but that’s a fantastic price for a dress I easily fixed!”

Do you shop at thrift stores? If so, what do you look for?  
“I do! I look for classic silhouettes made of high-quality, natural fabrics like wool and rayon. Even if they are dated, I can generally refashion them into something I like if it’s made of good fabric.”

What is your favorite fashion trend right now?  
“I am a big fan of blouses with shoulder pads. It lines up with my love for 1940s fashions, but modern blouses often have a bit of an edge with leather or metallic accents that I really like. I have narrow shoulders, and shoulder pads do a lot to help balance that out!”

What fashion trend do you wish would go away?  
“I wish stretch fabrics or a baggy fit weren’t the only options for affordable garments.” 


See Emileigh walk the runway at 417 Magazine’s Fashionation on April 8! Get tickets here.


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