Cool Runs in the Family
By Alysha Prieto
If the saying “you are what you wear” holds any truth, Jade Gallegos proves that it is far
and beyond just the trendiness or attractiveness that an outfit can create. The sartorial
decisions that the creative design major makes on a daily basis reflect who she is now,
where she has come from and, undoubtedly, where she is going.
Gallegos’ relationship with clothing started long before she could even say the word. She blames the all-denim ensembles and Tommy Hilfiger-packed wardrobe of her toddler years on her fashion enthusiast mom. She also credits those choices to the decade – the ’90s of course.
“I can just think of khakis and a white shirt and a 5-year-old Jade rocking that. I kind of like it because it speaks to the times now,” Gallegos says. Indeed it does, and this mixture of nostalgia and relevance is the reason behind the ’90s being her decade of choice. “Chunky shoes, chokers, flannels. I love all of that,” she notes.
Her inspirations are a hodgepodge of current and past. Aside from a young Drew Barrymore’s “fashion princess and little badass” and a No Doubt-era Gwen Stefani, she says, “Recently it’s been the people I’ve met on the street here through the Denver Fashion Truck and the women in my life – my mother and my sister. My sister is younger, but she is killing it, and she gets her inspiration from Instagram and blogs. And I notice people a lot from the Midwest and “mountainy” vibes, which I really enjoy. I am not going to lie, all of those Patagonia and Birkenstocks.”
When looking for cool pieces to add to her own wardrobe Gallegos has a list of stores she frequents. There are old faithfuls like Urban Outfitters and H&M, and less well known gems like the Denver Fashion Truck, which is owned by her parents.
The plaid mobile boutique was the second in Colorado and offers customers a huge variety of merchandise. Inventory includes vintage, local designer merchandise and even home decor of the porcelain unicorn variety. As for the perks of a family-owned boutique? First pick – sometimes – and purchasing rad clothes as a profession.
Gallegos credits the “family business” for teaching her self-control when shopping and
says it has also shown her the importance of an age-old real estate rule: location, location,
“Location definitely has an impact on what’s going on,” she says. “Generally, everyone kind of follows the same trends, with the mountain town and the super athletic type that you see here. But then I was down in New Orleans and it’s a completely different scene, where there are absolutely no mountains and it’s a little swampy. There’s a whole different type of Louisiana hipster than there is here. You can just tell it is the influence of where they are.”
When describing her own sense of style, she says she has been told that it can be kind of boyish, which she appreciates. She personally enjoys mixing feminine and masculine pieces and looks to those who do so in unexpected and interesting ways: Annie Hall, who tucks her loose Bohemian tops into trousers, and Johnny Depp, whose “pretty face is contrasted by an unusual look.”
She points to her nose and explains, “It’s kind of why I got this septum piercing. I have such a round baby face. I got this because you might not have expected me to get something, maybe kind of harsh.”
The impact of the Johnny doesn’t stop there. She attributes her lob to his daughter Lily Depp and her fabulous Instagram profile.
Ever the millennial, Gallegos’ answer to how others can find their personal style is to use the Internet as a resource for inspiration. She frequents blogs , Instagram, search engines like Pinterest and the website Designspiration. Her unspoken advice to this common question is to take those sources and mix them with items that reflect your personal interests and background. Items like bead earrings that represent her Native American heritage and a graphic tee that she inherited from her father and his days as an MC in a local hip-hop group. Looks like cool runs in the family.
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