Fine Art Photographer and Owner of Bad Candy Art Gallery Bruce Allen’s approach to style is as distinctive as his new gallery. His effortlessly cool aesthetic embodies a punk style and emulates a classic 2000s reality star.
District Fray: What D.C. style means to you
Bruce Allen: Honestly, I think D.C. style is pretty stifled. Most of the people here work 8 to 6 jobs and can’t really express their personal style because office attire bleeds into their normal life. There are very few boutiques that curate unique fashion. It is even harder to find style if you are a dude.
Style icon and/or Inspiration
My style icon will forever be Justin Bobby from “The Hills.” If you know, you know.
Everyone should have a pair of cut-off jean shorts that they never wash. The dirtier they get, the better they look and over time they form to your butt. If they get smelly or too loose fitting I recommend jumping into a pool or the ocean. Rad shorts should only be washed in a rad way.
I would describe my style as punk but not so rock. I like to wear harness boots [and] thick steel jewelry. I rock a cliche artist man bun and probably some oversized black vintage shirt. But I still like to find reasons to wear a custom-fitted suit. It took me 28 years to finally get one, so I wear it every chance I get.
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