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Bakersfield Look - Ian J. Anderson

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Ian J. Anderson, 27, Occupation: Food Bank Program Manager

Are you a Bakersfield Native? I’m originally from San Clemente. However, I’ve been here since kindergarten, so I claim Bakersfield as my hometown.

Is there a style product that you absolutely can’t live without? Hair gel.

Do you think Bakersfield has a style? Bakersfield has a very eclectic style and it depends on what part of town you’re in. Rosedale style is completely different from that of downtown, all the while contrasting the very western look of the farming community.

Describe your personal style. I try to be put-together and professional as often as possible. How you dress is an extension of how you feel about yourself and I think it’s important to put your best face forward.

How long does it usually take you to get ready in the morning? Usually not more than 30 minutes.

Is there a celebrity or person in your life that you get your style from? I read GQ. It provides an interesting perspective on fashion.

What are you wearing? Clothes are Express, shoes are Steve Madden, and the sunglasses are Ray-Ban.

What is your favorite item of clothing? Jackets. A good jacket can enhance any look.

Are you a bargain hound? If I find something that fits well, I’ll get it. However, I am conscious of the price.

Does your style change when you are not at work? Yes, quite a bit. In my line of work, it’s important to look professional but approachable. Running the Community Action Partnership Food Bank means that I need to be prepared for a new interview one minute and work with clients the next. So, I take great care in trying to strike a balance between the two.

How do you personalize your “business” look? I try to add moderate color whenever possible. Also, I’m a big fan of watches, so I try to match my watch to what I’m wearing.

What are your favorite places to shop in Bakersfield? Express in Valley Plaza, H. Walker’s, and I don’t shy away from Plato’s Closet.

What is the biggest fashion mistake you have made? Since I have a smaller build, it’s often difficult to find clothes that fit me right and that I like. I have, on occasion, purchased a shirt or slacks that I really liked but don’t fit me properly and tried to pull it off. It does not work.

What mistakes do you think women make when they dress? Not dressing for their body type. Everyone is built differently, and we all do not have supermodel bodies. I think the biggest mistake anyone can make is not wearing clothing that flatters them.

Article appeared in our 28-1 Issue - April 2011