Style Setters

5 of Columbia's Most Fashionable

When it comes to personal style, everyone has their own unique take on fashion trends and ways to make popular looks their own. We asked our readers and followers who they thought were the most fashionable people in Columbia and narrowed down nominations to the five featured in this article. They come from a wide variety of professions — and have an even wider span in style differences — but one thing is for sure: They know how to put together an outfit and they certainly have fun doing it.



Andrew Ruth

Bar Manager & Spiritual Advisor
Barred Owl Butcher & Table

What three words define your style?
“Midwestern, vintage, goofy.”

What is your one staple piece?
“Bolo ties.”

What’s on your wish list for this year?
“Comfortable, classy dress shoes I can wear behind the bar.”

Where do you get fashion inspiration from?
“I just try to match colors, not wear socks with sandals and not wear black belts with brown shoes.”

If you could wear one brand or designer for the rest of your life, what would it be?
“Levi jeans. They’re an American classic and can be worn in virtually any situation. I prefer Levi 527s.”

What is your favorite local place to shop?
“I prefer thrift and vintage stores, such as Maude Vintage and Goodwill. I also love Dungarees for my Carhart needs, as well as Dryer’s Shoes.”


Laree Hutchinson

Gear Expert
Columbia Safety and Supply

What three words define your style?
“Dissimilar, congenial, suitable.”

What is your favorite trend right now?
“Cuban collar shirts.”

What’s on your wish list for this year?
“Color blocking geometric print button-up.”

Where do you get fashion inspiration from?
“Music.”

Who are your fashion role models?
“Lenny Kravitz & Childish Gambino.”

If you could wear one brand or designer for the rest of your life, what would it be?
“Rhude because it fits well and the brand is different.”




Jina Yoo

Owner
Jina Yoo’s Asian Bistro & Le Bao

What three words define your style?
“Chic, sexy, sophisticated.”

What is your one staple piece?
“A pencil skirt with a button-down.”

What’s on your wish list for this year?
“A cashmere coat.”

Who is your fashion role model?
“My mom. She is the most stylish woman I have ever known.”

If you could wear one brand or designer for the rest of your life, what would it be?
“I love Hudson jeans, Frame tops and Alice + Olivia dresses.”

What is your favorite local place to shop?
“Kelly Field’s Boutique. They always have something I can’t walk away without.”


Jeremy Spillman

Head Creator
Spillman Homes

What three words define your style?
“Versatile, innovative, funky.”

What is your favorite fashion trend right now?
“Clothes being tailored/fitted.”

What is your one staple piece?
“Solid tie between skinny jeans and a watch.”

What’s on your wish list for this year?
“Breitling Navitimer green leather gator band with the green bezel.”

If you could wear one brand or designer for the rest of your life, what would it be?
“That sounds boring. I’m way too complicated for that.”

What is your favorite local place to shop?
“I like to stop into Binghams Clothing for sports coats, otherwise I typically outlet shop.”




Stephanie Wilmsmeyer

Agent/OwneR
State Farm Insurance

What three words define your style?
“Edgy, statement-making, cool.”

What is your favorite trend right now?
“Animal prints! Leopard, snakeskin, zebra — I love them all.”

What is your one staple piece?
“My neon yellow heels! They instantly add an edge/pop to any outfit.”

Where do you get fashion inspiration from?
“I like things from a lot of different places. Right now, it’s influencers on Instagram. When I see a look I like, I typically try to get creative in my own closet and find ways to make their suggestions unique.”

Who is your fashion role model?
“Public dynamics aside, the Kardashians know how to put an outfit together. Maybe it’s a guilty pleasure, but they always catch my eye.”

What is your favorite local place to shop?
“My Sister’s Circus is my go-to for any special event, but also for versatile day-to-day pieces. Stella knows how to recommend pieces that look great on any body type!”


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