Best Dressed 2015

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Dominique Barnes

24, Graphic Designer for The Marlin Company

417 Magazine: What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever worn?

Dominique Barnes: One time in high school I wore short denim shorts that I had made from an old pair of jeans over a pair of patterned black tights, with two different colored Converse All Stars, and a black zip-up hoodie. I thought I looked creative and edgy. No one said anything negative about my outfit, but I had a hunch it was not something I should repeat.


417: Where do you find fashion inspiration? 

D.B.: Pinterest, mostly.


417: Do you shop at thrift stores? If so, what do you look for? 

D.B.: Yes, I do! I look for things that are well-made and mostly fit. If they mostly fit, I’ll usually take a stab at altering them myself. And if I fail, I don’t feel bad because I usually didn’t spend much on them in the first place. 


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

D.B.: Crocs. Gross. 


417: What’s your favorite outfit or article of clothing you’ve ever worn?

D.B.: I just bought a pair of black, high-waisted, skinny corduroys. I think they are my favorite clothing item of the moment.


417: Who are your fashion role models? 

D.B.: Solange Knowles, Janelle Monae, and my mother.


417: What three words define your personal style? 

D.B.: Comfortable, ambiguous, unashamed.


417: What’s your signature piece? 

D.B.: Probably baggy tops. I have a billion of them. 


417: How long does it take you to get ready to do out or go to work? 

D.B.: About an hour.


417: What are your favorite places to shop that are in 417-land? 

D.B.: I’ve gotten some cool accessories from Modern Society. Otherwise, I tend to simply venture to Battlefield Mall when I feel like shopping. 


417: What are your favorite places to shop that are not in 417-land? 

D.B.: The Gap! It’s not the same as the Gap outlet at all. When I’m in larger cities, I like to go to H&M. I also do a lot of online shopping. is great for cheap, trendy pieces. 


417: What’s the most you’ve ever spent on a must-have piece of clothing? 

D.B.: I don’t know, maybe $60? I like to look good, but I always try to find a discount. I almost never buy anything full-price. 


417: What’s the best bargain you’ve ever found?

D.B.: I can’t think of any in specific, but I recall finding numerous deals at the Gap throughout the years and at Dillard’s on New Year’s Day.


417: What do you think is the worst fashion faux pas? 

D.B.: Visible butt crack due to pants that don’t fit. Nothing is more disgusting.


417: What is your favorite fashion trend right now?

D.B.: High-waisted bottoms and crop tops.


417: What fashion trend do you wish would go away? 

D.B.: Leggings as pants. I believe if someone is going to go out in public wearing leggings, they should at least have their bum covered. 


See the Best Dressed winners walk the runway at 417 Magazine’s Fashionation: Spring Fashion Show and Party. The show is at the Gillioz Theatre at 7 p.m. on March 20.


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