Style Icon: Samantha Ronson

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DJ and song writer Samantha Ronson (or as some call her, SamRon) first gained mainstream notoriety when her rocky relationship with Lindsay Lohan became the top story of the day in the tabloids. But, hey, she loses absolutely ZERO style points in my book; we’re all guilty of having that one ex we wish we had never met. In fact, the fashion world agrees with my nod to SamRon. In her book How to Define and Refine Your Personal Style, fashion consultant Amanda Brooks says, “I think Samantha Ronson has great style: preppy boys’ clothes (she’s a girl) mixed with a heavy dose of black street style (she’s white).”

Brooks’ assessment didn’t sit right with me at first. But, then again, there are so many normative rules out there about how we all “should” be dressing; black people dress this way, white people dress that way. Girls wear pink, boys wear blue. So, it’s kinda cool that SamRon is receiving praise rather than criticism for her fashion transgressions.

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The cool thing about SamRon’s look is that it can work for a variety of body types. She is often photographed in cardigans, vests, blazers, and loose-fitting t-shirts (see above and below), which are slimming and flattering on just about anyone. These items can also be used to dress up or dress down an outfit, making them both fashionable and practical.

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Other staples in SamRon’s closet: vintage rock n’ roll and graphic t-shirts, fedoras, and beyond expensive Dior Homme jeans. Here’s where you might find some of the goods…

Hip-Hop/Skater/Street Wear Inspired Goodies (Camo jackets, funky tanks and Ts, hoodies): Billionaire Boys Club/Ice Cream; Blades; ASOS; CCS; Zumiez
Vintage T-Shirts: The Clothing Warehouse
Suits & Tuxedos: J-Crew (Ludlow suit starting at $540); Tommy Hilfiger (sometimes carries menswear inspired tuxedo jackets)
Button-down shirts (chambray shirts, oxford shirts, denim button-downs, classic white button-downs) and Blazers: Ralph Lauren (boys section for smaller sizes); Tommy Hilfiger (boys section for smaller sizes); Brooks Brothers; Target; Uniqlo; H&M; Topman; American Eagle
Jeans: Dior Homme; Levi’s; Diesel
Dress Shoes (loafers, oxfords) & studded boots: Cole Haan; Steve Madden; Aldo
Sneakers (high and low-top kicks): Converse; Adidas; Aldo
Accessories (leather bracelets, hats/caps, sunglasses): Thrift stores; H&M; Billionaire Boys Club/Ice Cream; Shopstyle; Reed Space; street vendors

Anita Dolce Vita

Fashion and culture blogger featured in Newsweek's Daily Beast, Huffington Post, Curve, Autostraddle, MTV/LOGO's AfterEllen, SF Weekly, Globe & Mail, DIVA, GO Mag, Beijing Review, and Bosnia's Manjine.BA. Education/Credentials: University of New Mexico (B.A., magna cum laude); New York University (MPA, top marks); SUNY Downstate Medical Center (BSN, cum laude); NYS RN.

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