Fashion

Style Stories: The Five States of Nia Nottage

Style Stories is a new CBK series in which we explore fashion on the individual and personal level. We will feature real people and let them style themselves, telling the story behind each outfit. If you are interested in collaborating in the series please contact us with a few sample outfit pics. Enjoy our first installment! Send your material to: icarus@citizenbrooklyn.com

Story be Nia Nottege - nianottage.squarespace.com Photos by Luca Babini
Brooklyn Boi Photo © Luca Babini

Brooklyn Boi Photo © Luca Babini

The Brooklyn Boi or “Angsty Teenage Boy Androgyny”
Hat – Detroit “D” hat taken from my dad’s house.
Tank Top – American Eagle (we all had that phase).
Shorts – my roommate’s jean cut-offs.
Monkey Socks – the product of a trade between a woman on the subway and an old crush who thought they’d look good on me.
Shoes – my roommate’s shoes
As a gender non-conformist, there are days when I wake up and venture into the realm of “boy clothes”. Branching out of your standard gender role might at first feel a bit daunting, but then again, wearing your pants halfway off your butt feels way too right!

Bushwick Hipster Photo © Luca Babini

Bushwick Hipster Photo © Luca Babini

The Bushwick Hipster or “Flashy and Strange on a Budget”
Jacket – also rescued from my mother’s basement.
Shirt – Goldwater (AuH2O) Thriftique East Williamsburg.
Fanny Pack – product of my mother’s trip to the Bahamas, probably before I was born.
Pants – mom’s basement.
Shoes – Urban Outfitters (sale section).
Like the Williamsburg but more broke, more queer and with a more recent nostalgia for the Lower East Side. As you may have noticed, I tend to do more recycling of clothing than actual “buying”, but the other day when I was wondering around East Willy B looking to satisfy my intense need of espresso, I stumbled across AuH2O. It’s a small shop with high turnover and barely anything is over twelve dollars—thank your higher power.

First Date Photo © Luca Babini

First Date Photo © Luca Babini

First Date Photo © Luca Babini

First Date Photo © Luca Babini

First Date or “Ok Cupid”
Jacket – rescued from a bag of “to be donated” clothing in my mother’s basement in Detroit.
Shirt – my ex-roommate’s ex-boyfriend’s.
Shorts – my roommate’s.
Navy Blue Ribbon – found on my roommate’s floor, utilized as a belt.
Shoes – product of shopping with my aunt at Century 21.
Tights – were once in one piece, product of life.
In the internet era of lonely city perusing, practically everyone has made a dating profile at some point. As if finding an outfit for a first night out wasn’t hard enough already, a first impression is even more critical when you literally haven’t seen their face in person before. I tend to do it up, make them feel worth my time.

The Performer Photo © Luca Babini

The Performer Photo © Luca Babini

The Performer or “Stage Kitten”
Jacket & Tie – borrowed from my producer Darcey of The House of Screwball.
Leotard – American Apparel.
Tights – Strawberry.
Shoes – product of shopping with my mom at Aerosoles.
What to wear when everyone’s watching (as exemplified by performative clown Matthew Silver, little to nothing can sometimes work best). When working at an art show as I do first Wednesdays at Silver’s Bushwick cabaret Circus of Dreams, over the top is only almost enough. Dress intense and perform your persona, after all, we are changing perception here.

The Barista Photo © Luca Babini

The Barista Photo © Luca Babini

The Barista or “The Day Job”
Shirt – borrowed from my friend Chris.
Shorts – borrowed from my roommate.
Scarf – is actually a folded sheer shawl, borrowed from my mother.
As legend has it, the goal of every artist to slowly emerge from the realm of logic, the realm of day jobs. In the interim, looking nice tends to generate better tips and more stimulating conversation.

2 Responses to “Style Stories: The Five States of Nia Nottage”

  1. Nicholas Powers says:

    Nia’s talent is like a nuclear power plant, dangerous but can light up a city. And her beauty inspires 21st Century versions of the Iliad.

  2. Sam Van Nostrand says:

    I had have the pleasure of being one of Nia’s college roommates in the past, and I would just like to confirm that yes, it does take her at least an hour to choose each outfit, and yes, she wears 2-3 different outfits a day.