#getnoticed: Connecticut's Most Stylish
The best style flows from the boutique to the street. You've seen them, people who turn heads, who cook up their own style. CTNow has stopped them while we're out and about on the Connecticut streets and asked them, how do you do it? Know someone who should #getnoticed? Tweet us @gotoctnow with that hashtag and we just might find them for a photo.
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Ashlei Banks, First Thursdays Fashion Frenzy
Ashlei Banks isn't your everyday fashionista; she's using her eye for picking pieces that pop with her new online funky, vintage clothing store: ChicSavage.com. She caught our eye at -- where else? -- the First Thursday Fashion Frenzy at the Wadsworth Atheneum on Nov. 6.
CTNow: Tell me about what you're wearing.
Banks: [My shirt is] an actual vintage piece -- I sell vintage clothing... I have on a pair of denim cropped jeans that I destroyed myself -- I also do custom pieces. I have on Guiseppe Zanotti heels.
CTNow: When you look in your closet, how do you decide what you're going to wear for a night out?
Banks: It depends on my mood. Not the weather, not what's trendy, my mood. I usually go for bright, bold. My presence needs to be known. I pick pieces that reflect me, my character.
CTNow: What's your mood today?
Banks: Loud! I had a good day at work, I ran home, I thought, what am I gonna wear? I'm at a museum, I need something a little funky.
CTNow: Tell me more about your business.
Banks: It's just started. ... I don't just do vintage. There are people who resell vintage, who sell clothes from every era. I don't. I pick funky, bold pieces that stand out. I started because people always ask me where I get my clothes from, what am I wearing; I always get questions. So I wanted to pick the same pieces that vibe to people when I'm reselling.