Welcome back to Style Dossier, Gabrielle Royal’s column that profiles stylish queers across the country. This edition, Gabrielle is featuring Sherri “Switz” Mikus. Switz is originally a country girl from Pennsylvania who is now completely in love with Brooklyn and everything New York City has to offer. By day, Switz is a tenured Manager who has worked with businesses to reach their highest potential for almost a decade, and by night is the definition of a social butterfly.
*All photos by @ben_vogel
dapperQ: Why is queer visibility important in media and fashion important?
Switz: Queer visibility is important in media and fashion because the world needs to see that there is no longer an expected “normal,” standard or guideline that anyone should follow. Everyone should express and present how they feel. I am hoping that anyone who sees my platforms or the projects I am involved in can sense that I truly don’t care what anyone thinks about my mixture of styles or how I present. The ultimate accessory is confidence and if I inspire anyone out there to embrace who they are or how they dress then we are all winning. Queer visibility/style challenges mainstream media and platforms to pay attention. Queer fashion is no longer a fad or some flash in the pan movement. We are here, we are trend setters, and now you better make room for us at the table or we will take our loyalty and business elsewhere.
dapperQ: How would you describe your personal style aesthetic? How much of your personal style is influenced by your identity?
Switz: I would describe my style as Simple, Clean, Layered and Swaggie. I am a former professional athlete and I think the athletic vibe still shows in my style as well. 100% of my style is influenced by my identity. Once I became more comfortable in my skin and more connected with who I am then my style blossomed. Yes, I wear masculine presenting clothes but I still love my long hair and don’t head out for a night on the town before putting on my makeup #TomBoyFemme.
dapperQ: Who is your biggest fashion icon and why?
Switz: Wow, that is tough. I think I have different inspirations depending on the occasion – David Beckham is the first celebrity that comes to mind but I want to show love to those I follow on IG because they deserve some shine. Check out these pages because their style is fire: @laith_ashley @annalenakaffarnik @montiankari
dapperQ: Tell us about your biggest fashion and/or shopping fail!
Switz: This one is easy. My friend and I were at a pride event and when I walked in we were dressed EXACTLY the same. Grey shorts, white/grey striped shirt, with our hair up. We looked like we planned it. Luckily that’s my homie and it’s all love so we stayed looking like twins laughing about it all night.
dapperQ: What advice would you give our readership? What advice can you offer to people who fit outside of society’s understanding of traditionally masculine and feminine styles?
Switz: My advice is that I believe your relationship with yourself will mold every other relationship in your life so don’t be too hard on yourself. The person you talk to the most throughout the day is YOU so be kind, loving, and positive with your self talk. As for masculine, feminine and everyone in between – a must have for EVERYONE’s wardrobe is a black tailored suit jacket; after that, everything else in life will fall into place.
dapperQ: Tell us something unique about you!
Switz: I played professional basketball in Switzerland and Romania and try to get back to Europe at least once a year. I think traveling is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.
dapperQ: What can we expect next from you?
Switz: I will continue co-hosting a radio show called RawRadioTalk on Dash Radio – tune in Saturday’s at 12PM EST; my segment is Sports with Switz! Also, I will be a contributor for my dear friend Meg’s magazine EveryQueer which focuses on encouraging LGBTQ people to live a life of adventure.
Want more of Switz’s style: Follow on Instagram at @switztagram
Where where where do you find t-shirts? I know that’s not exactly the greatest takeaway from this entire piece, but please! For someone with an athletic build, the t-shirts (And everything else really) in this wardrobe are on point.