Name: Apneet Kaur
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Apneet Kaur is at the intersection of a lot of things we find very, very cool: she’s a music student, a fashion journalist (you can read her work on Refinery29.com), a New York transplant by way of California, and a master of mixing old and new. She’s curated a life of uncommon style, a wildly popular style blogger who’s just as comfortable downing Long Islands out of mason jars in the desert as she is rushing through downtown Manhattan in vintage stilettos. Get to know her now.
You’ve lived in both California and New York—how was each home influenced your style and outlook on fashion?
In California weather doesn’t matter that much so I was always in dresses and and shorts, and I dressed for the day without complication. In New York, there are four distinct seasons, and I quickly realized that layering is my friend. NYC is a cultural and fashion center, so every day walking down the street I’m exposed to lots of different styles.
You wear a lot of vintage pieces. What is it about older clothing that inspires you?
Honestly, it’s part and parcel that I just like cheap, old things, ha! Vintage has a way of making you feel, “I’m going to wear this sweater today and not a single other person has the same sweater,” and there’s a sense of empowerment in that. It’s a way to reject uniformity and take back your choice and individuality while we’re being sold “cool” from the media.
What are some dos and don’ts of searching for vintage treasures?
Make sure everything fits. You can fall into buying a bunch of crap just because it’s inexpensive, but you’ll never wear any of it if it doesn’t look good on you. On the other hand, if there’s a spectacular item that doesn’t quite fall exactly where it should, consider tailoring. Also check pockets for grandma snot rags…and money!
Tell us about being a music student—what are you studying and what do you hope to do with your music background?
Music has always been a part of my life since I was a child. At age 10 I started playing flute, age 12 upright bass and jazz, and age 14 bassoon. Alongside my instrumental studies I was always singing as well, in many different choirs and solo and chambers projects. After finishing high school, I attended a conservatory to study classical voice. However, a year or so in, I realized Opera was not for me. Though singing is a passion and one I enjoy very much, I hold no desire to be an opera diva. When a young singer finishes high school and is looking into colleges, the options are limited beyond classical study. Now I’m finishing my degree with a flute concentration, and after graduation it’s audition time! There are some exciting opportunities that have presented themselves but it’s hard to tell what will happen since the landscape of classical music has changed so much.
What musicians had the best style?
Maria Callas is a classic beauty, she always had the most expressive countenance. As an opera singer, it’s important that your hair doesn’t hide any part of your face, to show expression on stage. I adore her short bangs and cat-eye makeup. I also love Bob Dylan’s style as well. Dylan experimented a lot with his style, constantly changing it up. I admire that he was able to take on many different personae by changing his clothes. Dudes in suits will never ever go out of style a la Frank Sinatra and Ferraby Lionheart. For that matter, women in suits don’t go out of style either; I’m looking at you, Patti Smith. Thelonius Monk would always wear a different hat on stage, and that’s rad. Hats are so important to my daily outfits—a hat at night is like a great pair of sunglasses during the day. A little mystery is charming.
Who is being played and replayed on your iPod currently?
I’m constantly listening to lots of different types of music from nearly every genre. Lately I’ve been winding down to Charlie Patton, grooving to Charles Bradley and rocking out to King Krule. I love, LOVE Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell, and Mary Wels. ‘40s jazz is also big in my music library; I’m particularly fond of Charlie Parker and Lester Young.
You took a cross-country road trip…sans car. How and why and what was the best part?
Yes! It was so rad. Since moving to New York in 2008, I’ve had no need for a car, and being the resourceful hooligan I am, I decided to travel by bus and air only. It was great because I didn’t have to worry about gas, insurance, parking, or even driving long hours. I made friends everywhere I went, and still keep in tough with those folks today. I covered the southwest starting in San Francisco and ending in Houston, touching 16 cities and five states. My favorites were Sedona, Arizona, and Austin, Texas. In Austin there is a bar that serves “Big Ass Long Islands” out of 32-ounce mason jars for $5. That’s a cocktail as big as my head. My bones were getting tired toward the end, but a trip like that was just what I needed at the time. The coolest part was coming back home to NYC after a month on the road with just me and my camera (and suitcase), and realizing how special it all was.
You’ve been called a muse—what does that mean to you? Do you have any muses?
Aw, shucks, you’re making me blush! Thank you. A muse in ancient Greece came and whispered inspirations to artists, so they always credited muses as their genius, instead of their own internal intelligence and process. I’m humbled that anyone thinks of me as some kind of muse. For me, “muse” simply means creative influence. I’m largely inspired by nature and my surroundings, all the sights and sounds that make up daily life. There is much to be observed.
We think socks are having a moment—how have you seen them worn well?
Socks are totally having a moment! The girls downtown will pair them with Docs, a sock peeking out of the top of their boots. Chicks in Williamsburg will wear socks with their loafers and dress shoes.
How do you kick it?
Maybe my favorite way to wear socks is with dresses. I like to wear minis and show a little sock peeking over the top or a boot or sneaker. I wear Stance when I’m relaxing at home, skateboarding, or just hanging out in my neighborhood with friends.
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Name: Rachel Moore
Hometown: Oxnard, California
Spear fisher. Rock climber. Master diver. Naturalist. If there were ever an example of how style can transcend professional, Rachel Moore is it—never over dressed, casually cool, she's in command of a look that's as unique as it is understated. And for someone who spends more time in the water than she does on land, we think that's quite an accomplishment.
How would you describe your personal style?
Jeans and a T-shirt are pretty standard.
Who is your style icon?
Alessandra Ambrosio. She's hot and has great street style—casual and never over styled.
If you could only travel one more time in your life, where would you go?
The Marquesas Islands in the South Pacific. I'm hoping to sail there next year—just made an offer on a boat. But hopefully it won't be my last trip.
Have you ever had a scare under the water?
I was on a deep dive on a wall in Honduras when I almost lost one of my dive buddies. We were diving on the deepest wall on the island, where the top of the reef sits in about 40 feet of water then drops off vertically to just over 3000 feet. We were planning on doing a very short dive to 250 feet where there is a small sand ridge just before the wall completely drops off into the abyss. There were four of us that day and we all had multiple dives to over 200 feet and over 1000 dives each under our belts, but this day, one of the more experienced divers got nitrogren narcosis, a state when your body has absorbed too much nitrogen and some people hallucinate. We were checking in with each other every 50 feet to make sure no one was getting crazy eyes, but the last 50 feet we couldn't get our buddy's attention and he seemed like he was just going to keep going into the abyss. Around 200 feet, it's possible to get oxygen poisoning and we were already pushing our limits. No one felt comfortable going deeper and we only had a few precious minutes of air left at that depth. At that point I started getting really scared and it was hard to breathe, each breath was like trying to suck pea soup out of a straw. I was on the verge of tears thinking I was going to lose a close friend. We all felt so helpless—we kept hitting our tanks trying to get his attention and all we could see were his bubbles rising from below us. The only thing we could do was pray he came to his senses and hit the diver recall alarm when we got back to the boat. We started our first safety stop at 180 feet when we started seeing bubbles coming up—I started welling up with tears when I knew our friend was okay and coming to meet us. He met us up at our safety stop where I smacked him upside the head and made other gestures underwater letting him know how much he scared us and how stupid he was! We all decided never to dive that deep again—no number was worth our lives.
What makes you feel most alive these days?
I used to be a total adreanline junkie: skydiving, bungee jumping, rock climbing, deep diving, anything that got my blood pumping and pushed my limits. After losing a few friends to similar hobbies, I decided to back off a bit. I liked to feel alive but no rush is worth my life in the long run. Now I love climbing at night under the stars. Sitting at the top of a climb in the middle of the wilderness with my headlamp turned off seems like heaven. No lights other than the stars, no people, no noise other than my heart beating—that's when I feel most alive.
What's something we'd be surprised to find out about you?
I used to study entomology (the study of insects). I have a prize-winning insect collection and I continute to catch butterflies in every country I travel to.
Knee socks or cut low?
Knee socks: sexy with added protection while climbing or hiking!
How do you kick it in Stance socks?
I love having them stick out from my boots or shoes as added flare. I'm pretty simple when it comes to how I dress but adding fun socks totally ups my game.