#WCW Style Inspiration: MJ
By: Elizabeth Kabakjian
"Copywriter. Screenwriter. Writerwriter." MJ Slide Instagram: @mj_slide
1. How would you describe your style?
Casual Revolutionary. Subtle elements of structure with military undertones and clothes that are really meant to be lived in.
2. What are your staples items? Is there something that you couldn't live without?
A great jacket and a good pair of jeans.
3. When you wake up in the morning, how do you decide what you're going to wear?
Much of it is based on comfort and flexibility. I work at an ad agency that's dress code is business casual so finding a balance between meeting the code and not straying far from who I am as a person determines a lot. I want to be able to walk into a meeting with a client and be taken seriously but also grab a drink with friends after work feeling overdressed
4.Are there any inspirations for your style?
Nigel Cabourn is a huge inspiration, and basically great menswear in general. The idea of tailored working class men’s clothes really appeal.
5.What do you feel most comfortable wearing?
Jeans, tailored button-downs, combat boots, blazers and dusters.
6.What are some of your favorite brands/stores?
I don’t really have one. Most of my clothing has either been inherited from people who didn’t want or feel they could make a certain item work or thrifted off the cuff. I have a capsule wardrobe since, up until recently, spent most of my career freelancing in Film and Production which had me traveling a great deal. I needed a wardrobe that was self-contained and simply by switching out one piece it would create a whole new look.
7.What accessories do you seem to always pair with your outfits? (watches, etc.)
Sunglasses and this one leather and steel bracelet I have. They both have this underlying cyberpunk vibe that makes me all manner of satisfied.
8.What advice do you have for other gals that would like to achieve a similar style?
Don’t be afraid to shop in the men’s section. I have a very lanky build that constantly got me in trouble in the girl’s section because my arms are so damn long. Know your body and wear clothes that make you feel awesome. A couple of well tailored button-ups, a workhorse pair of structured jeans, and a pair of old school kicks appropriate for a variety of occasions and you’re good to go.
9.Is there a favorite color that you most usually end up incorporating into your outfit? (i.e. you always end up wearing a lot of black or blue)
Ultimately I’m pretty utilitarian. Black and blue end up making up the vast majority of my wardrobe because both colours are inherently professional and clean cut. I can also wash my entire wardrobe without sorting colours.
10.If we could go through your family photos and see a photographic documentary of your style phases, which style phase would be the most embarrassing? We've all had them!
In 9th grade I tried on the preppy Aeropostale/ Gap thing on for size. It did not play well. It was also when peasant blouses were coming back in and I looked like a complete moron. I was also kinda doing it for a boy which is also a real dumb idea. Thankfully that phase only lasted the summer. October rolled around and I was like “Nah, bro, that’s not me.”
All images & video digitally photographed by Elizabeth Kabakjian.