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diptych of mel leaning against brick wall in long sleeve top and leather skirtand mel leaning back on wall in knit shorts and t-shirt.

c-note style with mel chanté

diptych of mel in long sleeve top and leather skirt leaning against graffitied brick wall and mel in knit shorts and t-shirt leaning back against wall.

poet, blogger + creative mel chanté has been up-cycling since she was a kid. we team up with her to fashion two fall looks for under $100.

how did you first get interested in clothes?

my father had his own clothing line. i remember going with him to the warehouse to help him fold t-shirts and hoodies he designed. that was my first introduction to someone taking something plain and creating art out of it. then, i started to buy old mom-jeans, men’s jackets and oversized sweaters and cut them up, bleach them, dye them lol. it was fun for me. i fell in love with the idea of turning something old or plain into something new, something my own.

what in current fashion is exciting you?

silk looks, sexy-ruffled sleeves, warm and earth tones. i’ve also been seeing more play with patterns, which i love. especially if they have that old-school-back-in-the-day-90s-vintage-fashion vibe.

diptych of mel wearing long sleeve top and leather skirt standing on sidewalk with arms up and closer angle of mel in similar pose.

how would you describe your style right now?

i like to mix-and-match retro, modern and relaxed feels. i’m a serious 90s baby! everything about that era—the culture, the fashion, the music, the authenticity—i love. it’s the core of my fashion influence.

what's your strategy when shopping at beacons?

first i look for pants—mom-jeans, high-waist—that have the right fit. next, i usually peruse for patterns, colors or textures that pop, like a cool blazer or sweater. then i always finish up in the men’s section. that’s where i’ve found a lot of my staple jackets that still get lots of compliments when i wear them today.

diptych of mel in knit shorts and t-shirt against metal gate and mel leaning against wall.


mel wears alexander wang shorts $21.95/phillip lim sweatshirt $24.95/stud earrings $8.95 & milly sweater $16.95/outerwear by phoenix skirt $21.95

photos by:  briannia walters
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