All of us purchase garments, however no two individuals store the identical. It may be a social expertise, and a deeply private one; at instances, it may be impulsive and entertaining, at others, purpose-driven, a chore. The place do you store? When do you store? How do you resolve what you want, how a lot to spend and what’s “you”? These are a few of the questions we’re placing to distinguished figures in our column “How I Store.”
Estefanía Vanegas Pessoa, higher generally known as merely “Tefi,” simply dyed her hair orange. I do know this, one, as a result of I am one of many 1.4 million minions who observe her each transfer and Princess Diana diatribe on TikTok, and two, as a result of she instructed me so.
“I simply purchased some Tom Ford glasses final night time as a result of I noticed Dua Lipa sporting them,” she explains, exhibiting good logic. “I simply dyed my hair orange, and so they’re this good amber colour.” Once I reply and inform her — and I quote — “Dua Lipa can not miss,” Pessoa says: “I really feel like she’s my daughter. Mommy loves you, Dua.”
Such is the back-and-forth of our interview, which spans the course of 27 minutes and touches on such essential cultural milestones as life-sized Barbie heels, palazzo pants, Megan Fox’s then-stepson’s “Star Wars” tee and Gwen Stefani’s “Love. Angel. Music. Child.” period, the latter of which did not make it into the ultimate draft, however lives on in my coronary heart and transcript eternally.
Pessoa has constructed a flourishing creator profession on this encyclopedic data of — nay, experience on — all aspects of popular culture. At this time, you could have gotten to know her because the host and character of InStyle’s personal TikTok, or the TedX speaker who could have given you the type of confidence that makes you’re feeling highly effective sufficient to barrel via partitions. At coronary heart, although, Pessoa remains to be the “girly-girl” from Miami who camped out on the mall and pored over the pages of Seventeen, studying the best way to costume — and converse — for herself in a world the place celebrities did not usually appear to be her.
“The one individuals on TV who have been Latin have been, like, Salma Hayek or Shakira, and I nonetheless wasn’t seeing them in magnificence advertisements,” says Pessoa, who’s of Colombian and Brazilian descent. “I feel the primary individual I noticed get an actual magnificence advert was Eva Longoria, and that was solely in 2009, for Revlon.”
I spoke with Pessoa about when and the way she buys her garments — “nearly all of my purchases occur after my morning espresso,” she says — and the way she goes about constructing her outfits with, sure, Princess Diana in thoughts. (“I do imagine within the concept of stability. Is your vitality and your outfit going to the identical occasion? You may all the time inform.”) Learn on for the highlights.
“As a child, altering outfits was like tapping into totally different personalities that hadn’t but advanced. And after I say ‘child,’ I imply, like, 13, 14, 15. Any 13-, 14- or 15-year-old studying that is like, ‘I am a grown-up!’ No, you are not, child.
“My first vogue reminiscence was after I was seven or eight, when my mother’s aunt would ship us these little attire from London. Worldwide vogue! My sister’s a complete tomboy, so for her to placed on these attire was like Gwen Stefani within the ‘It is My Life’ video, when she’s kicking and screaming. Not me — I used to be a girly-girl. I acquired the life-sized Barbie that had the heels you possibly can put on, and I used to be strutting. I used to be strutting throughout Coral Gables.
“There are issues about vogue within the ’90s and 2000s that some individuals simply do not perceive. Avril Lavigne sporting a tie was main. Gwen Stefani occurring the pink carpet with full braces was every thing. After which within the 2000s, the Von Dutch, trailer-princess period was hyper-experimental. So when individuals make enjoyable of that point, it is as a result of the garments weren’t the style — our our bodies have been. We have been simply determining other ways to specific that. Did it result in plenty of consuming problems? That is one other article for an additional day. We’re all simply mirroring what is going on on round us. Style is a response.
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“I’ve a dance background, so I used to be confronted with sporting a super-tight leotard and tights day-after-day. I additionally watched myself within the mirror day-after-day, and that may’t be wholesome for anyone, so I began to determine what components of my physique I appreciated probably the most. And this was at a time when Cosmopolitan, Seventeen and even Teen Vogue have been all the time telling you the best way to intensify your physique, so I began enjoying round with that. At 14, I knew what an empire waist meant.
“As I acquired older, as a substitute of components of me that needs to be accentuated, I began specializing in how I may make vogue my very own. As a result of model and vogue are so totally different, proper? Style is given to us, and elegance is how we take up it. I might take into consideration proportion, so I might pair a crop prime with a palazzo pant. I do not know what my mother thought when at 16, I used to be like, ‘I desire a palazzo pant!’
“I really like being from Miami. At the moment, we have been fixated on the Paris Hiltons, the ‘Laguna Seaside’ and ‘The Hills’ ladies, the New York artwork ladies. I used to be experimenting with all these kinds on a regular basis, however I nonetheless was caught on this follow of being actually, actually femme — like, very Nordstrom BP floral costume with a fight boot. However as quickly as I began deciding that I used to be going to prioritize consolation over the male gaze, issues began altering. Excuse my French, however males would fuck a hen nugget, so it actually does not matter. That was one thing I needed to recover from. The male gaze is a jail. We’re all coping with it on a regular basis.
“There was a degree in my life the place no person ever noticed me in a flat and no person ever noticed me in pants, as a result of I used to be insecure about my legs. I really feel like ladies my age would simply decide one factor to be insecure about and that was it, so I selected my legs. With the way in which I see my physique and the way in which that I costume, too, I am like, ‘Why am I letting 15-year-old me name the photographs? Why am I letting 15-year-old you let you know, Oh my God, however what should you look fats?’
“My favourite boots of all time are the Prada fight boots. They’re probably the most snug, stunning footwear in the complete world. All the pieces I put on has to have a platform on it, not as a result of I wish to be taller, nevertheless it’s simply one thing I gravitate towards. I really like a platform, however — please quote me — by no means a wedge, and by no means a cork wedge. Okay? Any individual wants to inform J.Lo. However the fight boot, with a pair of Dickies pants, an outsized blazer and a lacy bra, sports activities bra or crop prime — I am there. That is my go-to, really. That is what I put on all of the freaking time.
“The Prada boot has a platform. If I take a look at most of my footwear, they’re platforms. I do not know if it is a complicated, however I consider all the images of my mother from the ’70s when she was a teen, and that was a platform time.
“I miss the ’90s mall, with the quirky colours and the quirky meals courts. I really feel like after I watch Disney Channel Authentic Films now, they’re all the time in a mall. I miss that lots, the place the mall was a second, not an errand. What number of instances in our youth did any individual say, ‘I met this man on the mall.’ You by no means hear that anymore.
“I am a giant thrifter. That is the place you get the very best blazers, the very best costume jewellery. I feel, sadly, pants are very particular, so both you win the lottery whereas thrifting or you are going to should get them tailor-made. I really like shopping for pants from City Outfitters and Asos, and since I do know what to search for, I type of purchase the identical match each time. I really like sporting children’ tees, very very like Megan Fox and her [then-stepson]’s ‘Star Wars’ tee — I really like that second.
“I’ve a cousin from New Canaan, Connecticut who’s eight years older than me and for almost all of my life, she was my cool older cousin. The primary time I bear in mind going to do one thing cool together with her, I used to be, like, seven, and we did one thing known as thrifting. In New Canaan, there’s this one thrift retailer — and it is a rich group, proper? – that has Max Mara coats for $25. Insane. So we discovered this sweater from a playhouse theater there, and I’ve footage in it from simply final 12 months. I cannot give it up.
“One thing that is thrilling me about vogue and clothes proper now could be that we’re lastly in a spot the place we’re dressing for ourselves and never one another, and I feel that is going to bleed an increasing number of into society. We’re extra celebrated for being people. I really feel like we’re creating our personal communities in keeping with us, not as a result of we’re instructed one thing is cool. And that, inside itself, is rock-and-roll.”
This interview has been edited and condensed for readability.