I’m huge on fashion in a sense that I love when people can be expressive, confident, and dress on a budget. I’m a huge budget person, and I’d like to think you can be trendy without breaking your bank account. I also think it’s interesting to see what people do wear, and can wear, to their jobs. Are they able to express themselves? Do they dress more basic? It’s all very interesting to me. I decided to showcase new people every week, in hopes to inspire your style, or simply for a good read! This week we are featuring Michelle Gomez and Sal Bolanos of Chicago, IL.
Chicago’s known for having the best pizza, the best hot dogs, one of the best skylines, and, in my eyes, some of the best dressed people. Here are two of the finest dressed people I know!
Sal Bolanos, 25, Designer/CreativeDirector
JV: How do you budget your fashion?
SB: Well for one it is hard to find time to even dedicate a day or a few hours to just shopping. More power to the people who can get out there and shop. I am what you call a cycle in cycle out dude. I have clothes dating back to 2006 and its not that I wear them over and over but I hang on to them in case I want mix and match some styles together. For instance all the jeans I ever buy are from either Old Navy or Target. Honestly to me there are no differences in what type of jeans are trending in the fashion world. As long as I have around 3 blue jeans. Light, dark, a bit torn or faded and maybe 2 black jeans same way I can make the most of my style. I am due for another visit to Target or Old Navy soon to update some jeans that have made their way to donate basket.
JV: Whats your biggest fashion splurge?
SB: I would have to say on summer clothes. I am more likely to go out in the summer so I need a lot more options to choose from as my main winter clothes usually just go through the same cycles. I am a sweater in the summer so T-Shirts, V-Necks, or light long sleeves will make me spend a lot of money just because you always end up seeing “Buy 4 get a million free” and then in small print… for $20 a piece. I usually just ignore the price at that point. So you can start seeing my money flying around during end of spring and you can start seeing my closet lose room. With the summer coming up I will be buying plenty of tops and maybe a few shoes but nothing too crazy.
JV: Do you have a famous fashion icon?
SB: Although I may not completely dress like him but I admire his ability to pull off so many styles. Lead Singer from 30 Secs from Mars. “Jared Leto. From his long hair, short hair, colored hair to back to his business look. The use of his facial hair. Scruffy, clean, bearded caveman or even the homeless Iook. He has style and the best part of it all he is a rockstar about it. He can come to an award show in a Tuxedo or Jeans and a tank top on with jacket over. Throw on any hair style with it and he looks great. He is 41 years old and I believe he picks and chooses when to dress for what type of occasion He was an actor before he turned to full time musician but also runs his own businesses in which he has become very successful at. Lucky for him, he never ages!
JV: How do you balance your “work” style from personal style?
SB: I try not to give away too much of my personal style at work since i try not to go all out in making a fashion statement. Lucky me, I am an artist so many businesses allow you to wear what you want as long as it is approirate. I like dressing sporty and comfortable so that is how I try to go into work. I do enjoy making my presence known in meetings especially with clients or potential customers so in that case I enjoy dressing up more but at the same time not trying to look like a banker or everyone else in the meeting. I am not trying to intimidate people, I am trying to make people trust me and respect me and most of all hire me. I am very likable person so I should dress like a likable person. Nothing against suits as I own several myself and I love the look but not an everyday look I can live with.
You can view some of Sal’s work at http://www.salbolanosdesign.com and follow Sal @sbolanosdesign
Michelle Gomez, 32. Spokes Model
Style icon: Victoria Beckham and Kourtney Kardashian
JV: How has your budget for fashion changed over the years?
MG: I’m a much better bargain shopper. I shop smart!
JV: What is your biggest fashion splurge?
MG: Shoes by a local designer James Ciccotti
JV: How does your personal style differ from your work style? Which costs more? MG: Honestly, it doesn’t differ. I like to look great on the town on my “me” time and I have to look top notch when I represent companies. I spend about the same.
JV: Could you give me one tip on how to look good on a budget?
MG: Play with your separates . There are so many things I never thought of putting together that when I do it’s a completely different look.:)
Follow Michelle @MichelleGomez03