Top drawer

Skirting the issue

Rachel Bramig

• Who she is: Rachel Bramig

• What she’s wearing: A pieced velour skirt from a secondhand boutique in Louisville, Ky., and a Wrangler corduroy bag from the Cherry Bomb.

• Her style: Rachel is a dedicated vintage- and thrift-store shopper. “I don’t own anything new, which my mother doesn’t like much,” she admits.

From the Top Drawer photo vault

• Who he is: Hunter

• What he’s wearing: A jacket purchased from Goodwill for about $5; Shirt from Rugged Wearhouse and belt found at a sale.

• His style: Besides combining stripes with stripes, Hunter is a bargain … um, hunter. “The whole outfit cost, like, 15 cents,” he reveals, “And I did my own hair.”

Loose Threads

Local designer Meredith Law shows her “M” line of stretchy, convertible clothing at Rags Reborn Eco Chic Boutique (1 Walnut St., 253-4488) on Thursday, Oct. 5, 6-8 p.m. “I am a mom, so my designs are geared toward women who want function and comfort with their fashion,” Law notes. All the skirts and dresses come with a pocket to hold a cell phone or keys, and each piece is made not only to fit a variety of shapes, but can grow (or shrink) with the wearer through a body’s many phases. “Nothing has a zipper or stiff elastic,” the designer adds. “All pieces rely on the stretch and forgiving nature of the fabric to hug onto your waist or torso.” And they’re affordable at $30 to $120.

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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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