What Are You Wearing? With Anessa Woods

From the August 16, 2012 edition

Anessa Woods

Age: 32

Hometown: Delaware

Neighborhood: Grandview

Job: Owner, photographer and stylist of Bustown Modern, an online store that sells vintage designer clothing

Website: bustownmodern.com

Describe your style: “All of it”

Pants: “These are vintage Chanel trousers. I love vintage because I love history. I’ve always been into art. My parents used to restore Victorian homes. … I don’t think you can ever understand your future without understanding your past.”

Shirt: “This was just a muscle tee that I cut. Just cut it to the length you want and allow an extra inch for the bottom to roll up. I’m always doing that with T-shirts — cut it, tie it or add more s--- to it.”

Shoes: “I own about six pairs of Chuck Taylors.”

Stars bracelet: An engraving inside reads, ‘You are lovely in the moonlight.’ “This is a gift from my husband [Paul Fogt, who helps her run Bustown Modern]. I am so enamored with my husband I can’t see straight.”

Scrimshaw and sterling silver ship bracelet: “I got this a couple years ago at a flea market in Sunbury. I think it’s what started me on wearing all this sterling silver. Part of what I love about this job is being able to travel. This kind of signifies exploration. It’s dreamy. I love that about it, too.”

Necklace: From a vintage dealer in Columbus. “I’m a sucker for anything with animals on it.”

Wing ring: This is a poison ring. The hinged chamber in the center of the ring opens and, as folklore goes, people used to put poison in it to sneakily slay their enemies.

Watch ring: “We will have a lot of this style of bracelet up for sale on the website. I’ve been buying a lot of watches. Sometimes I’ll wear a bunch up my arm.”

Native American print purse: “I bought this to sell, but I ruined it. There’s nothing worse than ruining something I want to sell! I’m still stoked it’s now mine, but I get sad sometimes when I look at it.”

Photos by Tessa Berg