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Style Diaries

This Costume Designer Plays with Proportions While Getting Dressed

Miyako Bellizzi says a hoodie is her favorite article of clothing.

Welcome to Style Diaries, a new series where we research the physical manifestations of our closet tours IRL. We're asking friends and tastemakers to show us what they're *actually* wearing during the week and provide a little insight into their thoughts on the current state of fashion. This week we are speaking with stylist and costume designer Miyako Bellizzi. A fan of menswear, Bellizzi is not afraid of an oversized silhouette, nor is she wary of conflicting patterns and fabrications.

What does your style *actually* look like right now?

"My style hasn't changed much over the years and could be described mostly as tomboy or boyish. I only really wear menswear, as I've always had a hard time finding women's clothes that fit me right. I dress for function and comfort and love to layer. My favorite article of clothing is a hoodie, and I usually wear one every day."


Day 1:

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Photo: Courtesy of Miyako Bellizzi

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Photo: Courtesy of Miyako Bellizzi

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Photo: Courtesy of Miyako Bellizzi

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Photo: Courtesy of Miyako Bellizzi

"This week is a back-to-NYC, organize-the-studio week, so I planned on wearing clothes that I wouldn't mind getting down and dirty in. I just found this sweater upstate in this cute vintage store I came across. Decided to be casual and wear my mom's Levi's I took last time I was home. It's been pretty warm this week, so I felt like I didn't need a heavy jacket and wore my oversize vintage denim shirt. Wore my navy Vans to tie it all in. Over the summer, I got this denim bag I love from a friend, Liz Delaney, who was selling them at the sidewalk sale. My glasses are vintage from Procell, and earrings are handmade Polynesian flower earrings I got while living in Hawaii."

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Sport

Van’s
$60

Do you have an outfit formula or preferred style?

"My go-to formula is a loose-fitting print/colorful pant with an A-tank. I then layer a button-down under a hoodie, then add a jacket. Boots or sneakers only, as I need to be on my feet all day and need to be comfortable walking around. Depending on the weather, I add or delete a layer."


Day 2:

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Photo: Courtesy of Miyako Bellizzi

miyako bellizzi

Photo: Courtesy of Miyako Bellizzi

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Photo: Courtesy of Miyako Bellizzi

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Photo: Courtesy of Miyako Bellizzi

"Day two! Washed my hair and put in my signature braids so they are out of the way while I'm cleaning in the studio. This look is a pretty uniformed Miyako look. I got my Our Legacy pants on with a tank and layered with my favorite vintage orange-striped menswear shirt. This vintage patchwork denim jacket is one of my faves and goes with everything, so thought it would be a good layer for today. My shoes are hiking boots I got while in Japan."

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No 629 Kelly

Paloma Wool
$191

White Rib Isabel Tank Top

Citizens of Humanity
$80

Sterling Silver Cube Necklace

Alexandrea’s Jewels
$20

Predictions for what fashion will look like post-pandemic? Or at least how you will dress?

"Casual! I think we've all gotten accustomed to being more comfortable being home more than we are used to. I think it's changed how we feel about dressing up. I tend to keep my nicer pieces in the closet, as I haven't felt like I've had an occasion yet to bring them out. I do think there will be a surge when the weather is nicer in NYC and we'll all show all our nice pieces that have been hiding in our closets for over a year. Until then though, I think it'll stay casual and comfortable."


Day 3:

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Photo: Courtesy of Miyako Bellizzi

miyako bellizzi

Photo: Courtesy of Miyako Bellizzi

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Photo: Courtesy of Miyako Bellizzi

miyako bellizzi

Photo: Courtesy of Miyako Bellizzi

"Today is a cold, rainy day here in NYC, so I decided to go classic all-black chic to the stu. The turtleneck top with the buttons I got in a market in Paris. Had to sandwich a hoodie for comfort in between this vintage rain jacket I found thrifting. I'm wearing my favorite jeans from Lemaire and my vintage Prada Sport sneakers. I'm a heavy silver jewelry-wearing girl and never leave the house without something shiny on my wrists and ears. I'm wearing E.M. Kelly hoops, and my bracelets are from all over the world. I like to collect jewelry when I travel, so each one represents a place I've been."

Shop the Look:

Lund Opal Black

Stutterheim
$459

Black Utility Jeans

Helmut Lang
$320
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