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/stīl/ /kyo͞o/ noun 1. a sequence of people with a distinctive appearance 2. A style column for The Sound whereby sustainable style blogger Jennifer Moore (a.k.a. recovergirl) interviews locals with unique style
This week, we talk with Ashley Lockwood, a 31-year-old resident of Kittery, Maine, about grunge, baby wraps, and her hair. This interview has been condensed and edited.
If you could have a different name, what would it be?
I had a different name for a while. I lived in Arizona for three years and the salon I worked in made me change my name. There was already an Ashley in the salon and they didn’t want to confuse clients, so for three years I was Roxie.
What’s your occupation?
Mom and hair stylist.
What is your dream job?
I have it. I definitely have it.
How would you describe your personal style?
My style in high school was a little bit punk rock and grungy, and I still pull from that a bit, but it is more active and utilitarian now because I am constantly on the go. I’m a mom and I’m busy, but I still want to look and feel like myself, so I make an effort to do so with my clothes and my make-up.
Tell me about your outfit.
I build my outfits around my baby wrap. My son usually picks the wrap for the day. This particular wrap is by a company called Kokoro Textiles out of the Netherlands. The shirt was a birthday gift from my thoughtful husband that, in all honesty, I thought was going to be a total disaster, but turned out to be a favorite of mine and I reach for it constantly. My jewelry is extra special — almost all of it is made by my mom. She has a home studio in Maine called Circle Stone Designs. She spoils me. The pants and boots I’m wearing were both gifts from my 87-year-old grandmother who has the most spectacular taste. And, of course, on my back is my sweet little Finn.
What are staples in your wardrobe?
Low-rise stretch pants and high-waisted blue jeans.
What musical artists are you listening to a lot lately?
David Bowie and Queen are my favorites and most frequently requested by my children. Little Finn was singing “Changes” in the car on the way here.
Which actor would play you in a movie about your life?
Juliette Lewis. I love her bold and funky look. She really seems to do whatever she wants, and I find that massively inspirational.
Describe an article of clothing in your wardrobe that you love.
My wrap dress. I have a Butter by Nadia, black and red buffalo check wrap dress that I love.
Who do you think has great style, specifically or in general?
Female musicians. I used to be inspired by Gwen Stefani. I followed her intensely in her grungy ska phase. Her new style is lost on me.
What is something you love about your body?
My hair. When the rest of me might appear as though I got dressed in the dark — because I probably did — I know that at least my hair is an accurate reflection of me.
In what ways do you practice sustainable style?
I choose clothes based on quality and timelessness. I make a conscious effort to shop locally, and for products made domestically and ethically, whenever possible.