via: Who What Wear
by: Jessica Baker
photos: Sunny Shokrae
makeup: Sophie Haig
wardrobe: Alex Sweterlitsch
Cipriana Quann is a what street style photographer dreams are made of, which can mostly be attributed to two things: her out-of-this-world natural hair and her eclectic sense of style. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg that makes this New York native so darn cool. When she’s not earing a coveted spot on the best dressed lists of Vogue, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar, to name a few, Quann is splitting her time between modeling (she recently signed to IMG with identical twin sister TK Quann and writing for the hundreds of thousands of fans devoted to her online lifestyle publication, Urban Bush Babes. So on a recent trip to New York, our mission was clear: spend the day with Quann and pick her brain about everything from fashion influences to the best vintage shops. And that’s exactly what we did.
How would you describe your style?
I don’t like to box in my style since I love a plethora of genres and styles. I could look like Diane Keaton one day or Lisa Bonet the next. I love mixing and playing with menswear, structural pieces, and pattern mixing, but hands down I have a very strong soft spot for the ’70s era. I adore high-waisted pants and skirts, bell-bottoms, crop tops, and long bohemian dresses.
Do you and your twin sister share a similar fashion sense?
Yes and no. It is always hard to shop with my sister, because we always gravitate towards the same items, but how we would style and accessorize the look is many times quite the opposite.
What pieces are currently on heavy rotation in your wardrobe?
High-waist bell-bottom jeans (well, high-waist pants and skirts in general, I am obsessed with), my mother’s hand-me-down cropped leather motorcycle jacket, rompers, jumpsuits, overalls, my go-to men’s-style black blazer, army jacket (decorated with my favorite ’70s and ’80s films, music, and pop culture button pins), and my velvet vintage burnout sheer fringe cover-up.
What is the best fashion advice you’ve ever received, and who gave it to you?
You can’t buy style. Style is more about inner confidence than aesthetics. Defining your own sense of what is fashionable. Like beauty, fashion is in the eye of the beholder, so have fun and don’t be afraid to express yourself—definitely a family motto.
You’re most comfortable when you’re wearing…
A mix between feminine and masculine pieces.
Do you have any rules when it comes to accessorizing?
I tend to stick to a daily uniform of accessories, which are very delicate, fine-jeweled pieces that I can stack, but sometimes if I plan to wear more for a special event, I like to play the balancing-act guidelines. For instance, if you are showing all leg, then you go more conservative on top, or vice versa. So if I am wearing a statement necklace, then I will wear small studs in my ears, or if I am wearing a statement bracelet, I will wear just earrings and nix the necklace. I also think accessories are a non-intimidating way for someone who might be hesitant in introducing more color or patterns into their wardrobe, but wants to take the plunge…to read the complete interview, including a list of my favorite vintage pieces, navigating NYC’s extreme weather, items in my closet that are in heavy rotation, some of my biggest style influences and more at WhoWhatWear.com