Seven Days of Dapper: Marcia Alvarado

dapperQ is back with a brand new Seven Days of Dapper! This week we’re featuring a week’s worth of style from one of our favorite queer models: Marcia Alvarado. *Photos by Leandro Gongora

Bio:
It’s Marcia here for an opportunity to showcase my OWN personal style. Throughout my life, I have transformed my style from typical “tomboy” – t-shirts and jeans with the knees worn out – to a more “ruggish” style in high school. As a college student-athlete, it was all about the studying and sports, which led to a more sports inspired style.

After fours years of collegiate basketball and earning my civil engineering degree, I headed to NYC for my first structural engineering opportunity. I think I had only about three pairs of dress pants and a few dress shirts from various stores. With barely enough clothes to last me a week in a professional office, I had to start increasing my wardrobe. The one idea that I gravitated to was that perception was everything. So, I started people watching: from the streets, to the subways to my actual own office. My dapperQ style was born of of this experience.

My style is always involving and going through slight variations that reflect my personal growth. I would define my personal style as sophisticated and always polished.

 

DAY 1: THE INTELLECTUAL 

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Description:
Representing the professional and engineering mindset of my wardrobe, This is what I would call my “Signature Style.” The tailored suit with a definite dimple in a perfectly symmetrical knot of the tie.

Location:
Tampa Museum of Art & Florida Museum of Photographic Art

Wardrobe:
Suit-Zara
Shirt-Calvin Klein
Tie-Nautica
Shoes- Aldo
Shades-EYE Q Eyewear

DAY 2: THE CREATIVE

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Description:
The side of me that loves to create –  a more classic style with flare of vintage from classic shoes. The bright colors from my shirt shows a lighter personality. The AKEN bag is my personal touch; made from members of my family in Guatemala that represents my culture. I absolutely love the variety of colors, which really symbolize my colorful life.

Location:
The Cube: Florida Museum of Photographic Art

Wardrobe:
Blazer – H&M
Shirt & Pants – Express Shoes – Sandro
Bag – Aken
Watch – Stuhrling

DAY 3: THE COLLABORATOR 

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Description:
As a hard working individual, I am always striving to learn from others and vice versa. This is another colorful side of me, wearing typical trenchcoat to prepare for the Florida rains. Also, working hard cannot occur without a good dark roasted café.

Location:
Oxford Exchange

Wardrobe:
Jacket – Zara
Shirt – Express
Pants – H&M
Shoes – Aldo
Bag – Aken
Prayer Beads

DAY 4: THE CONFIDENT

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Description:
This style is probably the most recent style introduced in my life: various shades of white along with a touch of neutral tans and browns. The outfit really touches on the most recent growth in my style and reaches for new ways of becoming confident.

Location:
Oxford Exchange

Wardrobe:
Jacket – H&M
Shirt – Guatemalan shirt
Jeans – Express
Shoes – Stafford
Prayer Beads

DAY 5: THE OUTGOING

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Description: The Florida lifestyle would not represent without the fun and outgoing outfit. Classic shorts with a banded collar shirt and slip on shoes is the fastest way to get out of the house on a summer day. Don’t forget your shades and fedora.

Location: The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort

Wardrobe:
Shirt – H&M
Shorts – Old Navy
Fedora – Guatemala
Shoes – Puma
Bag – Premier Bag

 DAY 6: THE MOTIVATED

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Description:
Standing on the London Bridge and announcing to my mother that my future career would be as an engineer at three years old was not an understatement. This is my classic construction inspired outfit with Timberland boots and slightly worn in jeans. This serves me well for the days I have to spend in client meetings followed by a construction site visit. The wooden bow-tie is a bonus and obviously a great conversation starter.

Location:
Museum of Fine Art

Wardrobe:
Shirt – Adam Levine
Jeans – H&M
Shoes – Timberland
Bowtie – EllaBing
Bag- Vintage

DAY 7: THE LOVING

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Description:
No matter how many suits I have and wear, there will always be the young basketball playing kid in my heart. The part of my life that is still very much sports related is always there and, therefore, I have worn my varsity jacket from high school with the classic white Chuck Taylor Converse to showcase the sportier side of my style.

Location:
North Straub Park, Downtown St. Petersburg

Wardrobe:
Jacket – Original Varsity
T-Shirt – Express
Jeans – H&M
Shoes – Converse

 

Want more Marcia Alvarado?
WEBSITE: www.thealvaradoexperience.com
EMAIL: [email protected]

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