Esther Chung on her design style: "I love using a lot of texture and shape. I'll usually do a very subtle color palette and then add in a really popping color. I like to use a lot of knitwears and wools, and just natural fibers."

Esther Chung

Job: Designer of her own label, Torn Angel; The Stitching Post staffer; CCAD teacher

Neighborhood: Grandview

Hometown: Upper Arlington

Describe your style: Tailored and military-inspired

Where do you like to shop?

I love Tigertree; Collier West for inspiration; lots of Filene's Basement; Express, just because it's easy for good basics; Anthropologie; and Nordstrom.

What's your design style?

I love using a lot of texture and shape. I'll usually do a very subtle color palette and then add in a really popping color. I like to use a lot of knitwears and wools, and just natural fibers.

Do you wear your own stuff very often?

I do when I go out, but the problem is a lot of it's so out there - couture fashion - it's hard to think of a good time to wear it.

Tell me about your hair.

This is actually the first time I've had hair close to my original color since middle school. Usually it's red or pink -very bright, with bangs. A lot of people thought it was a wig.

What about makeup?

I love false lashes. Most of my makeup is MAC, but I also wear a lot of Benefit and Lancome. I'm kind of obsessed with makeup.

Do you wear much color?

Usually the color is in my makeup, accessories or hair. In the summertime I like to wear a lot of color. My boyfriend says I have a couple outfits that make me look like I'm a Starburst wrapper.

The outfit:

Shirt: Express

Tie: Express Men

Vest: Guess outlet store

Skirt: Torn Angel

Shoes: Betsy Johnson, from DSW

Watch: Tokidoki

Blue ring: Custom made by Esty artist Dave Sheely

Earrings: Express

Bracelet: Tiffany & Co., a gift from her best friend. "Every couple years, we buy each other things from Tiffany, because neither of our boyfriends buy us anything [from there]."