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Street performer Soup

• Who he is: Street performer Soup

• What he’s wearing: A wool Civil War-era coat with tails and brass buttons, pinstripe pants with suspenders and striped neck tie (under the jacket).

• Why we love it: Of his wardrobe, Soup shrugs, “I just acquire s**t” — but his vagabond-meets-Vaudeville style has an iconic Americana feel. Soup has also been seen around town in a Bolero-type jacket with his newly gained bouzouki strapped to his back.

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Ariel Betancourt

Ariel Betancourt models the “Renaissance Flowerchild” creation she and her mother, Linda Simpson, entered in the recent Transform the Revolution fashion show. Ariel and Linda’s company is Evil Kitty Designs, and their outfit (a miniskirt with soft bustier and net sleeves with removable “emotion” buttons) took top honors in the contest’s costume category.

Cultivating personal style isn’t all about shopping. Books on style and design make for great inspiration. So, if your beach bag isn’t already bulging with summer reads, add these to your list:

Worst Fashions: What We Shouldn’t Have Worn, But Did by Catherine Horwood — Think of this humorous paperback as a guide to what not to wear. Hot pants, paper dresses and fashion faux-pas by the stars are included.

Fashion Now, compiled by the staff of i-D — profiles of 90 big names and up-and-coming designers from around the world, with interviews, bios and photos from the collections and the catwalk.

Mondofragile 2: Modern Fashion Illustrators from Japan by Delicatessen — This is the second in a series of graphic books featuring the works of Japanese illustrators; an East-meets-West twist of fashion drawing.

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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