Broke Fashion: Meet Chris Visions — You’re Gonna Love This Guy!

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Meet Chris Visions! Chris is a talented and fashionable illustrator living and working in Richmond, Virginia. He’s an artist through and through and is currently working with RVA Magazine. When he’s not creating something awesome for the magazine he’s either advertising in Richmond or working on comic projects!

  • Shirt: $9 Fantastic Thrift
  • Khaki Pants: $20 Target
  • Vans: a hand-me-down from a friend
  • Bowtie: $3 Bygones Vintage

Chris is  a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University and has since been featured in the Society of Illustrators student show (NYC), He has worked for a number of clients such as Radical Comics, Mariner Media Inc., and Stain Glass Llama Inc. He is also involved in projects such as the RVAnthology, a local comic book collaboration with fellow artists in Richmond, and showing in local gallery’s.

To keep up with Chris Visions, make sure you follow his Twitter, Tumblr and website!

Broke & Chic: What got you interested in fashion?

It started with trying to put together Michael Jackson’s outfits as a kid. Seeing a black guy rocking so many fly jackets had me yearning for more than hand-me-downs as a kid.

  • Shirt: $19 Target
  • Jeans: $20 Target
  • Hi-Top Nike’s: $12 Rumors

B&C: What’s one trend you can’t stand?

Gaudy, poorly designed, comic book themed attire. I just CAN’T stand it. The Bat Symbol looks great without paint splatters and tribal marks, trust me people.

B&C: What are your go-to stores to shop at and why?

 I really like Rumors and other thrift stores because they’re full of surprises. There’s a bit of “history” that lingers in places like that and all my favorite items of clothing have been picked up from places like that.

  • Shirt: $5 Fantastic Thrift
  • Khaki Pants: $20 Target
  • Vans: a hand-me-down from a friend
  • Bowtie: $3 Bygones Vintage

B&C: Where do you get your style inspiration?

I’m finding new places to pull my fashion from everyday! Fashion seemed really unattainable to me as a kid cause I was poor and thought it took too much money to get “the cool clothes”. All the kids who were well off rocked $300 JNCO’s, so I decided to not concern myself with that too much. But as I grew older I just surrounded myself with bits of nostalgia, things that made me happy as a kid: plaid, nice comic book tees, chuck taylors, bowties, thick rim glasses, stylin’ socks and so on.

B&C: How would you describe your style? 

I lean towards a playful but classy approach. I like what I’m wearing to be graphic, to pop like an icon. I’m still tweaking it everyday. My bowtie game is getting strong, and I really like them because they harken back to an era of icons.

B&C: Has your style changed/evolved over time?

Definitely. I’ve taken my style more by the reigns, especially after meeting my girlfriend. Her style is so unique, it kinda called me out to step up my game! You gotta come correct standing beside that lady!

♥ It’s true! Check out his girlfriend Cathryn’s Broke & Chic style feature here!


Broke Fashion: Meet Cathryn – A Girl With A Retro Fresh Style

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Meet Cathryn! She’s a 22-year-old Illustration student based in Richmond, Virginia with a retro fresh style. She dreams of big city life and her hobbies include knitting, drawing, sewing and cooking.

Q & A

B&C: How would you describe your style?

My style is mainly basics with retro splashes. I like clothing that accentuates my hourglass figure, so vintage silhouettes usually attract me. I usually prefer darker colors and neutrals, but recently I’m really loving nudes and pale pinks. I ALSO LOVE GLITTER. All the time.

B&C: You live down south, how do you stay fashionable when it’s 100° outside?

When it’s super hot, and the only real options are shorts and tank tops, a cute pair of shoes and a long chain are what I spring for just to spruce up the basics I use.

B&C: What’s your all time favorite item in your closet?

My favorite thing in my closet is a pair of white Steve Madden oxfords I bought at a Buffalo Exchange in Manhattan for about $25. They’re pretty dirty and jacked up, but they’re super cute and comfy!

B&C: What are your favorite stores to shop at?

I find a lot of cute things at H&M, thrift stores, and Target, actually.

B&C: What’s one trend you can’t stand?

 Trend I can’t stand? Cut off jean shorts where your pockets are hanging out from under the shorts! It looks straight STUPID.

Cathryn’s style impresses me so much because it’s all her own. The dress she’s wearing above…SHE MADE IT HERSELF! She found a dress at a local thrift store with a great pattern that happened to be too long and way too big; so, she cut the dress in half and used the fabric!

you really have to appreciate people that go the extra mile with their wardrobes. Her shoes happen to be from an Urban Outfitters sale a few seasons back. Get a similar pair here.

This photo was taken on a day that reached a high of 104°! It was sweltering! She made herself look cute, despite the heat by wearing a romper she found at Rumors Boutique for $15! She wore a red bandana to add some extra flair. Oh, and SPF 70!

What do you think of Cathryn’s great style? Let us know in the comments below! Want to see more? Follow her on Twitter and Tumblr!


Allie’s Downtown Cool Style

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Not only does Allie have an awesome bedroom, she has an awesome wardrobe too! If you don’t remember her, Allie is a student living in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.

She moved to New York City over a year ago with her mom from a small southern town, and her hobbies include reading, photography, music, independent movies and knitting!

This won’t be the last you’ll see of Allie. We liked her so much that she is now Broke & Chic’s very own Social Media Manager! Give her a twitter follow.

  • Leopard Sweater: $10 Old Navy (sale)
  • Leggings: $10 Uniqlo
  • Moto Boots: $30 Prima Donna
  • Levi’s Jacket: Mom’s old high school jacket!

Q & A

B&C: What was your favorite winter trend?

Allie: Moto boots, moccasins and large knit head bands!

B&C: What is one trend you can’t stand?

Allie: Leggings with uggs. I like leggings, but paired with Uggs…no!

What do you think of Allie’s downtown style? Tell us in the comments below! PS: We’re digging the shatter polish!


Is Washington DC Trendy?

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With D.C. being the US capital, it’s always been looked at as a headquarters for the political arena — never a major fashion city. But by virtue of being a city, innovative trends are born everyday!

Designers and big time labels such as Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, & DASH first aim for New York, Los Angeles and Miami, leaving D.C. to use a lot of creativity and resourceful tactics to recreate these glamorous looks. What’s hot off the runway has now become hits in the Nation’s Capital. This includes head wraps, inexpensive Hawaiian (or other nicely printed) shirts and vintage jerseys.

Prada (Fall 2007)


Stella McCartney (Spring 2011)

Prada (Spring 2011)

Head Wraps: Why are they trendy? Because they’re perfect for the hot and humid weather the summer brings. You’re able to get that frizzy summer hair out of the way in a trendy second!

Hawaiian Shirts: “Fruit” shirts have been all over the runway in recent months, giving Hawaiian shirts a come-back!

Vintage Jerseys: Anything vintage has been labeled trendy in the past few years. They’re also great for the summer months since they’re usually short-sleeved or sleeveless!

Where to Buy: Vintage, thrift, & consignment stores! All three are extremely hot markets right now for the fashionista on a budget.

Location: Washington, DC

  • Shirt: $10 Gap
  • Head Wrap: $5 Thrift Store
  • Harem Pants: $18 Forever 21
  • Reason For Wearing Outfit: “I’m addicted to wearing head wraps. I got this trend at my school (Spelman College) when I saw random “afro-centric” individuals walking around in them. It caught my eye because it concealed their hair and portrayed the beauty of their face. Now I wear it because it’s like an accessory. It adds my own swag to an outfit, it protects my hair from the heat and it’s easier to wrap my hair up instead of having to do it.”

Location: Baltimore, MD

  • Shirt: $5 Thrift Store
  • Hat: $3 Thrift Store
  • Jeans: $20 Forever 21
  • Reason For Wearing Outfit: “I like them because they remind me of vacation on an island and the patterns and colors are always bright and summer themed.”

Location: Washington, DC

  • Blouse: $7 Local DC Thrift Store
  • Jewelry: $5 Thrift Store
  • Head Scarf: $10 Forever 21
  • Reason For Wearing Outfit: “It’s my favorite top…but yet very classy.”

Location: Rockville, MD

  • Jacket: $8 Thrift Store
  • Jewelry: $7 Thrift Store
  • Skirt: $10 TJ Maxx
  • Reason For Wearing Outfit: “I love colorful patterns and African or tribal inspired prints. I thought this top paired with a simple black skirt and my favorite grey heels would be perfect for a night out!”

Location: Bowie, MD

  • Tank Top (1996 Olympics): $3 Thrift Store
  • Jewelry: $5 Thrift Store
  • Shorts: (Retro Green Trunks): $4 Thrift Store
  • Reason For Wearing Outfit: “I love being comfortable, fashionable, and bright all at the same time.”

No matter where you’re from, if you think you’re rocking one of these trends e-mail your photo to!