My first exposure to Patricia Steere was through her voicemail. On her shop's answering machine, her pleasant voice sounded cool and clipped, melodic yet articulate — almost a little too perfect. This impression carried through when I met her at her new Magazine Street boutique, A Girl is a Gun. With her precise auburn coif, beauty mark and perfectly fitted dress, she would have been intimidating if she wasn't so nice. I have to admit, I'm still a little cowed by her sharply defined aesthetic, but I left the store wanting to dress like her — and if that isn't the hallmark of shopgirl style, I don't know what is.
How would you describe your style?
I am not attracted to trends. I find them boring. I have a look that suits me and is me. It's not a
"what's hot now" look. I don't pay attention to what celebrities are wearing, either. I wear vintage-inspired clothing that I carry in my store A Girl Is A Gun, but not in a literal costumed character way. I'm not trying to look like I'm back in the 1940s or '50s or like someone famous. I look like Patricia Steere. I keep it simple accessory-wise and always add something off kilter. As Dorothy Parker said, "A little bad taste is like a nice dash of paprika."
Who or what are your style icons?
What style blogs or magazines do you read?
Tell us about A Girl Is A Gun and how it reflects/influences your style. Where does the name come from?
The store name means a woman is dangerous, unpredictable and deadly. I carry styles I personally wear, so
the entire store is a reflection of my sartorial point of view. I don't wear jeans, yoga wear or flip-flops. I always wear stockings and heels, makeup and perfume. I'm confident and ready for anything, never have to
make excuses for my appearance and don't have to even think about it. It's a great feeling.