Rebecca Thomas (@thepoetryofthings)
Rebecca Thomas’ Instagram is a visual love letter to Richmond. The recent transplant is obviously smitten with the natural beauty, thriving restaurant scene and sick street style that the city has to offer.
RM: Do you have a go-to date night look?
RT: Lately, I’ve loved heading to Greenleaf’s Pool Hall and wearing a simple, black wrap dress I bought 20 years ago. It’s sexy and comfortable, and what’s better than that?
RM: Favorite clothing item you’ve bought at a Richmond store?
RT: A Grecian-inspired, silk dress by Ulla Johnson from Verdalina. The drape is perfection.
RM: Give us a preview of your F/W wish list.
RT: A transitional coat from Emerson Fry, a pair of rose brogues from Grenson and a cashmere sweater by Everlane.
RM: How has your style changed since moving to Richmond?
RT: I’ve adopted a bit of a tomboy look. There’s so much to do here, and my wardrobe has simplified to adapt; heels have been relegated to the back of the closet!
RM: Do you have a style icon?
RT: Katharine Hepburn will always be a favorite for her ability to adapt menswear in the sexiest way possible.
Alex Zeidman (@azeidman) & Will Ramsey (@mega.will)
Stylish couple Alex Zeidman & Will Ramsey write about each others' outfits and post photos to their Instagram accounts. (Photo by Rob Hendricks)
After falling in love working amid the racks of preppy prints at Short Pump’s J.Crew store, effortlessly stylish couple Alex Zeidman and Will Ramsey now spend their weekends adventuring around Richmond, snapping Instagrams of each other’s outfits along the way.
RM: Best Richmond date night spot?
Sushi! We love Kobe, Akida and Sumo San.
RM: Will, you’re a self-described sneakerhead. Where do you go in RVA?
Monument. They have this sweet sneaker vault and treat you like an old friend when you visit.
RM: Alex, you grew up in Los Angeles. How does Richmond style differ?
Richmond has taught me to be more open to being original in my style versus fitting into the trendy mold of LA.
RM: Fashion Instagrammer we need to follow ASAP?
W: @theritchieproject. A modern day Steve McQueen.
RM: Sweetest score at an RVA store?
W: A 1970s Levi’s denim jacket from Yesterday’s Heroes. I was on the hunt for one but vowed to never settle and my quest ended when I entered that store.
RM: Do you ever end up in matching outfits unwittingly?
A: All the time.
W: It used to freak me out a bit.
A: Now we just laugh!
Rolling out the Looks
Leslie Moseley (@west47th)
Moseley cites Michelle Obama as a fashion influence. (Photo by Rob Hendricks)
Citing both Michelle Obama and Kim Kardashian as fashion inspirations, it’s obvious native Richmonder Leslie Moseley is a woman who sticks to her own set of style rules. And with West 47th, a fashion truck slated to open at the end of this month, Leslie has her sights set on spreading that style throughout RVA.
RM: You’re a mother to a 6-year-old girl. Does she give you style advice?
Yes! Her line if she isn’t a fan is, “Mommy, that’s too much fashion.”
RM: Any Richmond-based designers that we should know about?
Kamala Bhagat; I have a long floral wrap dress that’s sheer with a built in slip.
RM: Where in Richmond do you go for a girls-night out? What would you wear?
Accessories would be courtesy of Sassy Jones Boutique, a Richmond-based online store, and I’d go to the Jazz Café at the VMFA, which reminds me, my girlfriends and I are overdue.
RM: Is there a particular era of fashion you’re drawn to?
I love the glamour of the ‘40s and the sophistication of the ‘50s.
RM: What’s your style?
Timeless with a hint of the trends — I stick to the basics and add
a pop of color!
Wodehouse's go-to Instagram filter? "Perpetua." (Photo by Rob Hendricks)
With two Richmond-centric Tumblrs and an Instagram account flush with #ootd’s heavy on Keith Richards vibes, writer Carey Wodehouse combines quick wit and unpretentious style — making her one of the city’s must-follow digital darlings.
RM: What do you love most about Richmond style? There’s an authenticity here that inspires me to stay real and not try too hard — No. 1 fashion sin in my book.
RM: Best RVA spot to take an #ootd?
Any sidewalk in the Fan is a catwalk — and not just because they’re great for actual cat-spotting.
RM: You’re only allowed to shop at one RVA store from now on…
Need Supply. I shopped there in the ’90s and I love how it’s evolved — and they play the best tunes.
RM: Style advice for the winter?
Layer up and borrow from the boys. I’d be lost without my black leather jacket.
RM: Favorite Richmond spot to use as an excuse to get dressed up?
[I stepped] it up for dinner at Magpie — it [was] my favorite [restaurant] in Richmond.
RM: Go-to Instagram filter?
RM: How has your style evolved as you’ve gotten older?
In my 20s, bohemian style clicked for me. My 30s are about paring everything down; minimalist and effortless.
Catherine Pfab & Rebecca Piersol (www.thecrystalpress.com, @thecrystalpress)
Bloggers Catherine Pfab and Rebecca Piersol spent hours perusing the fashions of the Olson Twins before starting the Crystal Press. (Photo by Rob Hendricks)
Catherine Pfab and Rebecca Piersol, the duo behind The Crystal Press, started their fashion blog last year after realizing how much time they were spending pouring over photos of another stylish pair (The Olsen twins). Here, the blogger besties’ spill their RVA style secrets.
RM: Any selfie-taking tips?
Point the camera down for a more flattering angle.
RM: Coolest vintage score at a Richmond store? Rebecca recently found a vintage Valentino button-down at Blue Bones Vintage. Owner Lauren is a fashion genius with an impeccable eye.
RM: The Crystal Press style mantra is…
Bohemian chic with a tomboy twist.
RM: Tell us about Richmond as a blogging backdrop.
Richmond is a city with history, art and elegance. We rock the simplest outfits in front of an RVA mural or at Libbie Park and just like that, the picture has unique flair. Richmond is an accessory to our style and an influence.
RM: Winter is coming! Any styling advice?
Carry your pieces from summer into winter by layering. Faux fur and statement shoes (while hiding out in The Jefferson).
RM: Best Richmond spot to pick up an Olsen-inspired piece?
We love Lola Pepper — the ultimate bohemian sanctuary. It’s impossible to leave empty-handed.