I’m thrilled to feature my ridiculously sexy friend, Tarayn Sanders. Tarayn and I go way back to when we were terminally uncool. She supported me when I wore neon tank tops and trucker hats and I supported her when she was “straight.” Love you Tarayn!
Tarayn’s style truly comes from within. Every so often you come across a person that carries themselves so confidently, and emits such a powerful energy, that you can’t help but be drawn to them. I hate this word, but Tarayn has swag. Her style is super simple– she can rock a white t shirt and be the coolest gal in the room. Tarayn is a producer and branding consultant. She often works with her equally fabulous and chic photographer girlfriend, Justice Apple. They also have a chic and fabulous dog. If the two of them weren’t so nice, I’d hate them.
We proudly present this week’s Lesbian Fashion Icon, Tarayn Sanders, talking to us about her simple, muted, clean and casual style.
GO Magazine: Who are you and what do you do?
Tarayn Sanders: My name is Tarayn; I’m a producer, branding consultant and overall helpful hand. I work mostly in editorial photography and the fashion space.
GO: Who are your greatest fashion icons?
TS: I’m not sure if I could say I have a particular fashion icon. I feel like being on the internet allows me to find normal people with amazing style and emulate that, or incorporate it into my daily wears.
GO: Find ten adjectives that fully describe your personal style?
TS: Comfortable, easy, simple, muted, clean, staples, uniform, casual, timeless, did I say comfortable already?
GO: How do you feel about makeup? Love it, hate it? What products do you use? Do you have a signature makeup look?
TS: I’ve definitely toned back the makeup over the years, but find it still helps me to feel confident day-to-day. I try to keep it simple: concealer if necessary, mascara, brow gel and highlighter if I’m really going for it.
GO: Where do you shop?
I try to avoid fast-fashion but find myself drawn to sites like Asos. Otherwise, it’s packs of Calvin Klein white tees from Amazon and the occasional splurge on a staple piece. The last major purchase was a coat from The Arrivals and my girlfriend gave me my go-to Coach backpack.
GO: What was your most embarrassing fashion phase? Or have you been perfect and cool forever?
TS: You’ll probably remember this, Dayna; 2013 was a dark year for most of us. Let’s just say I incorporated a lot of drop crotch sweatpants and tiger print crew necks into my wardrobe.
GO: Describe an outfit you would wear to slay a job interview.
TS: I try not to disillusion anyone into thinking I will be dressing up on a regular basis, so I show up for interviews in a slightly elevated version of my daily “uniform”. Still jeans or chinos, a nice pair of boots, a crew neck sweater and a jacket.
GO: Describe an outfit you wear on a date with a woman you were wildly attracted to.
TS: I feel redundant saying I’d wear the same thing as the above question, but it’s true. I feel most confident when I’m comfortable.
GO: Describe an outfit you would wear if you wanted to feel insanely sexy?
TS: Quality to me is sexy, and well-curated quality is even sexier. Ever so often, I splurge on pieces I know I’ll have for the rest of my life, things I’ve been drooling over for years. Put the combination of those on, and I feel the sexiest.
GO: Is there such thing as lesbian style?
TS: People seem to be able to peg me as gay from a mile away based on how I dress.