Dark Dressers: Lyn Slater

January 27, 2016

dark dressersFashion | by James Joseph

Lyn Slater blogs under the name of Accidental Icon. A voice for dark culture, and someone who feels fashion can be purposeful and powerful. Recently featured on the cover of Grey Magazine identified as one of the top blogs for older women by Who, What, Wear

What does a typical day in the life of Lyn Slater involve?
During the week I get up fairly early, make coffee and attend to my email and Instagram. I also do any writing that I may need to do for the blog, requests for interviews or my academic work. If I am teaching I will review my notes and prepare for class. Depending on my mood and what I have to do I will go to my closet and let my clothes speak to me. I never plan what to wear in advance. I might arrive back at home anywhere between 6-10 PM depending on my schedule, check in with my partner Calvin and my dog about the day and either go out to dinner if we are tired or eat in. A few times a week I will do Facetime with my grand daughter. I will check in one more time with my social media and then will read until I fall asleep. Weekends are devoted to taking photographs, going to events and places that inspire and renew us. We also love going out for brunch, my favourite meal.


Which are your wardrobe staples and why?
Black wide leg trousers, long black skirts, black jackets, vests, white shirts and black boots. For me these are the raw materials that allow me to layer and sculpt countless looks. They have the comfort and nonchalance of a uniform but still allow me to find a way to express my unique identity. I love the seductive and sensual sparseness of these pieces.

What’s your favourite item in your closet? 
My floor length, high necked black coat by Yohji Yamamoto

How would you describe your personal style?
Nonchalant, dark, androgynous, comfortable, clerical, provocative, romantic and intellectual.

Where do you shop?
Dover Street Market, and three consignment stores here in NYC that have special racks of Japanese designers: Pilgrim, About Glamour and Tokio7.

Your style icons?
Patti Smith, Ann Demuelemeester and PJ Harvey

Two most important moments that influenced your style?
Being a teenager in the 1970’s while loving Grace Slick and Jim Morrison and moving to New York City.

Read the full length feature on Lyn Slater in Issue five of Stylenoir Magazine.

Follow Lyn, at @iconaccidental