Garrett Lunceford poses outside the Crocodile Cafe during a Pale Pacific concert. This young Tacoma native migrated to Seattle three years ago to become the drummer for the formerly all-female pop group the Catch, and guitarist for the rock band the Divorce. When not shaking up the local music scene or making love to the camera, Lunceford moonlights at a video store. Lunceford has a shrewd eye for timeless staples, which he mixes with campy accessories for a style he modestly describes as "poor as shit."
HAT, gift from friend Justin Renny, by Asics Tiger (www.asicsamerica.com).
Lunceford's hat is a nod to the fashion industry's continuing preoccupation with cadet chic. Men's military wear is always popular during wartime, and the cap gives Lunceford's look a disciplined crispness that not even impeccable posture can replicate.
HEADPHONES, free from Lunceford's basement, by Jensen Headphones. Lunceford's headphones plug into a $300, 40-gig iPod hidden in his coat pocket (a birthday gift—thanks, Mom and Dad!). These "shitty" headphones give Lunceford a playful retro kick as well as framing his swanlike neck.
SWEATER, $5 from Goodwill (1400 S Lane St, 860-5711).
Lunceford's headphones segue nicely into his horizontal-striped V-neck sweater. (The label of Lunceford's sweater had been ripped off before he purchased it—clearly the work of a guerrilla anti-fashionista. Anti-fashion began as a social reform movement in the mid-19th century—characterized by women's increasing demands for physical and intellectual freedoms—and arguably led to the dawn of comfort in women's clothing, which was punctuated by Libby Miller's invention of the ladies' bloomer in 1851. Modern anti-fashionistas advocate wearability and individual expression over trendiness and designer names; they sneak into retail stores to rip labels off clothing. Bastards.
LEATHER JACKET, $100 at Wilson's Leather (727 Southcenter Mall, Tukwila, 243-7171).
Lunceford's fitted leather jacket was given to him by his friend local DJ Eddie Nonog, of the Beacon Hill Nonogs. Mother Nonog purchased this leather jacket—Eddie's first—during his senior year in high school. It aged gracefully in Eddie's closet for a decade and change before being gifted to Lunceford during a Nonog closet purge several years ago. Somehow immune to the Great Fur Debate, leather jackets will continue to be fashionable until cows either grow a little cuter or learn to beg for mercy.
STAY-PRESS SLACKS by Wrangler, $20 at Renton Western Wear (724 South Third St, Renton, 425-255-3922).
These versatile, hip-hugging, straight-leg slacks can be dressed up or down and "stay pressed" indefinitely, allowing for a fluid transition from daywear to eveningwear.
SHOES by Diesel Footwear, $30 at Nordstrom Rack (1601 Second Ave, 448-8522).
Comfortable, functional, insanely popular six years ago, and now outdated enough to inspire nostalgia.
CANVAS BELT, $15 at Goodwill (1400 S Lane St, 860-5711) paired with faux antique
UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD BUCKLE, $20 from Parkland Parish Antique Mall (12152 Pacific Ave S, Tacoma, 253-537-0978).
The Union Pacific Railroad, in partnership with the Central Pacific Railroad, completed America's first 1,777-mile transcontinental railroad in 1869. The railroad began construction in the midst of the Civil War, and was fashioned in six years, almost completely by the hands of Chinese, Irish, and German laborers. When the last (golden) spike was driven into the hand-laid ties in Promontory Summit, Utah, the event was supposedly celebrated with free champagne and kitschy commemorative belt buckles for all. In the 1950s, an Englishman "discovered" a hidden cache of these antique brass railroad belt buckles, and began marketing them at gun shows and collector's auctions for exorbitant prices. This crafty Englishman had with him letters of authenticity to certify his claim, as well as a 90-page book detailing how many buckles had been manufactured, their relative scarcity, and how and when they were used. Sadly, historians have since discovered that these "antique" buckles were simply cheap knockoffs—an all-too-common pitfall in the fashion industry. Simply put, Lunceford's pants are being supported by a shiny web of lies. To find out if your antique railroad buckle is authentic or faux, visit www.railroadiana.org/fakes/pgFakes_Buckles.php or www.bogusbuckles.com.