Kacie North Knows Style Is About Quality, Not Quantity

Andie Flores
To Kacie North, a first impression is everything.

Kacie North does most of her shopping in Los Angeles boutiques. The Arizona State University business communications major thinks spending money at the mall is fine from time to time, but her real eureka fashion moments come when she's browsing unique pieces in local shops.

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The 23-year-old, who was born and raised in Arizona, has done public relations and marketing work for some of the boutiques she loves. Through many fashion-related internships in both Phoenix and Los Angeles, she's also dabbled in the role of creative director, stylist, as well as part of the re-branding team for lines like Soul Carrier.

North's personal style is heavily influenced by an easy, light Los Angeles aesthetic. "When I go to L.A.," she says, "I feel like I can dress things up a little more. Here, it seems like there are only some parts of Phoenix that 'get it.'"

A lot of Phoenix boutiques, she says, just carry what's on trend in the city and don't really carry more challenging pieces or products. Instead, she turns to shopping destinations like Melrose to find some funky pieces.

"I love boutiques. It's this idea of buying something on Etsy versus picking something out at Forever 21. You can get unique pieces that you know not everyone has, which is what's intriguing. I'll walk into one and know I've found what something amazing I've been looking for, whereas going to the mall is more about cost and ease."

North's style inspirations include brands like Brandy Melville and All Saints, as well as blogs like Fashion Toast, Song of Style, and Native Fox.

"A lot of the blogs I love have bloggers who sport more of a basic style with an edge to it. That's how I'd describe the look I aim for. Depending on where I'm at, the edgier it gets," says North.

Whether she's in L.A. or Phoenix, North uses basics to achieve her desired look. "You can build your wardrobe entirely out of basics without worrying that things will go out of style. That's where I've been investing my money lately."

"Fashion," she says, "lets you show a part of yourself no one would know about. A first impression is everything, because people can get to know a lot about you. The magic of clothing is that you can show who you are without having to say a word."

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Mai-Linh Le
Mai-Linh Le

And here I thought she was talking about Melrose District in Phoenix, not LA.

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