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c-note style with mel chanté

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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.

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.


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
mel chanté