Tuesday, April 1, 2003

Real Style

Future crimefighter has eagle eye for trends

By Joy Kraft
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Stephanie Burkhart of Hamilton, who's working toward a master's degree in the University of Cincinnati's criminal justice program, has her sights set on the FBI.

Stephanie Burkhart's style is "casual chic," with a Wet Seal top and jeans.
(Joseph Fuqua II photo)
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The 23-year-old substitute teacher in Hamilton schools who also works at American Eagle Outfitters, at Tri-County Mall, has wanted to track bad guys since the eighth grade when she got hooked on the X-Files.

"Of course, I realized that's not the way things really are, but there is a process to understanding them (criminals) and catching them," she says.

Somehow, in the midst of this ambition and work, she finds time to shop, usually looking for trends she can twist to make her own.

You can be found shopping at: American Eagle, of course; Limited; Bebe.

Earliest fashion memory: My parents got me an outfit when I was about 13 or 14 from Abercrombie & Fitch and I'd never heard of (the store). It was a pair of jeans and a cowgirl-plaid shirt. I thought, "Wow, that's really cool," and started paying more attention to myself.

Describe your style: Eclectic, vintage and trendy, but only with trends I think will last. My dress clothes are mostly classics.

Best bargain: A pair of J.Crew knee-high brown leather boots and a pair of black J.Crew sandals - both for $10 - at a J.Crew warehouse sale two years ago in Florida. They were $200 boots and $58 sandals.

Most sentimental clothing: A corduroy purse from when I was little with my name in suede on the front. My parents gave it to me.

Fashion pet peeve: I hate those airbrushed T-shirts from places like Myrtle Beach worn with leggings and Keds . . . and sweaters or sweatshirts with photographs printed on them.

You wouldn't be caught dead in: Leopard prints. On anything.

You can never have enough: Shoes. I think I have about 50 pairs.

If you had big bucks you'd buy: A Fendi handbag.

Fashion philosophy: I wear what I feel comfortable in and what I look good in. I follow trends but mix them up with something old and classic.

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