Queer Girl Fashion Icon Of The Week: Model-Engineer-Blogger Marcia Alvarado Talks “Vintage Dapper Chic” To Us

“Queer style represents the opportunity to be fully confident in what you wear.”

It’s no secret to queer women that lesbians are the true tastemakers in the world of style, but it’s time we got some freaking credit you know?

Which is why I decided to highlight a different iconic queer woman each week and talk to her about her fierce style in our new GO mag column “Queer Girl Fashion Icon of The Week” (Message me if you’re interested in submitting!).


Photo Courtesy of Marcia Alvarado

Okay, I’ll say it. Marcia Alvarado style. Like, real style.

Style that is iconic, style that is wildly creative and style that is for lack of a better word, cool. Effortless. If you’re not following Marcia Alvarado on Instagram, you should, because it is the ultimate example of queer fashion inspiration, baby.

Not only is Alvarado insanely chic, Alvarado is also a pretty fierce human-being too who boasts a plethora of interesting careers: Structural Engineer. Model. And blogger, to name a few.

We couldn’t wait to pick Alvarado’s fashion brain, and lucky for you, Alvarado did not disappoint.

Queer babes everywhere, it is our honor to feature Marcia Alvarado for this week’s Queer Girl Icon!

GO: Who are you and what do you do?

Marcia Alvarado: My name is Marcia Alvarado and I have been working as a structural engineer for the past 16 years. I also started modeling in 2014 as a random lifestyle journey that became more soul searching than anything else. For my 35th birthday, I have launched a blog consisting of Fashion, Architecture, and Lifestyle as a way to share my story and inspire individuals to be true to themselves.

Editor’s Note: Please check out Alvarado’s amazing blog, “The Alvarado Experience.” 

Photo by Courtesy of Marcia Alvarado

GO: Who are your greatest fashion icons?

MA: When is comes to menswear Cary Grant and Sean Connery are my old school influence, David Gandy and David Beckham are my European influence and Johnny Depp and Marc Anthony are a few of my favorites to mix up urban and swag style.

GO: Find ten adjectives that fully describe your personal style?

MA: Timeless, Dapper, Confident, Clean, Vintage, Smooth, Colorful, Bold, Fun, Athletic.

GO: How do you feel about makeup? Love it, hate it? What products do you use? Do you have a signature makeup look?

MA: I never wore makeup until I starting modeling a few years ago, but all makeup is performed by a professional of course. I have learned the appreciation of taking care of your skin. Living in Florida, I use an oil-free oil-free Neutrogena daily moisture.

GO: Where do you shop?

MA: I generally like to shop openly with no limitations to find random pieces that compliment my wardrobe capsule. However, due to my small frame, I find most Zara suiting style the best off-the-rack purchases. I supplement with Banana Republic, H&M, and Express pieces as well. I have been shopping at Aldo shoes for most of my professional career.

GO: What was your most embarrassing fashion phase? Or have you been perfect and cool forever?

MA: I probably consider my middle school years as an entire embarrassing phase; I was definitely different but still trying to find my own.

GO: Describe an outfit you would wear to slay a job interview.

MA: Navy or royal blue slim suit, white or light-colored pattern shirt and definitely a neck tie that colorful and bold that scream confidence that matches my personality.

GO: Describe an outfit you wear on a date with a woman you were wildly attracted to:

MA: Dark Denim, dress black shoes, black or white dress shirt, and a black blazer…Timeless style with a hint of swag without distracting her and our conversation.

 GO: Describe an outfit you would wear if you wanted to feel insanely sexy?

MA: For me, sexy is confidence and all powerful. I am thinking a clean 3-piece suit that could also be worn with jeans. Also, a clean haircut is a must for me. Fully dressed leads to a longer foreplay in my mind.  

GO: Is there such thing as queer style?

MA: I believe that queer style represents the opportunity to be fully confident in what you wear. It doesn’t convey a particular style whether it women’s, men’s, vintage, street. It means more than just clothes; it means your human and free to be you. The LBGTQ community has embraced “queer” style because of its inclusivity; its ability to celebrate all styles without judgment.