Blog: Crossroads Style

May 9, 2023 Q&A with Che of @chewhitney

Che of @chewhitney is busy as a journalist, stylist, and fashion curator, so we were excited when she took the time to answer our little Q&A about thrifting, her fashion influences, and her go-to looks. Read on to learn more about her.

Thanks for taking part in this Q&A, Che! Please start by telling us a little bit about yourself. 

I am Che Whitney, a fashion curator from Chicago. I recently started a passion project called Normalize Borrowing that informs fashionistas like me about sustainable ways to shop and care for clothing to prevent textile waste. I love shopping, skating, and getting dressed, because when you look good, you feel great.
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Thank you for promoting sustainable fashion and sharing your #crossroadsfinds. How did you find your way to secondhand fashion?

I definitely started at a young age. I used to go to the flea market with my grandmother, which eventually turned into me going to thrift stores and resale shops. I love having one-of-a-kind pieces.
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You spend time in both Chicago & New York. How has each city influenced your personal style?

NYC definitely added more glamour to my style. I am a girlie tomboy–I love sneakers with frilly skirts and colorful jackets. Living there, I felt more comfortable taking fashion risks and elevating my style. Chicago is home, so naturally my style influences were in my home via my mother, grandmother, and various aunts.
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Summer is almost here! What is your go-to summer look?

My summer look is always sporty/preppy. The country club tennis look is my go-to.

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What is the best secondhand fashion piece you have ever found?

When I first moved to NYC, I found this gold lame’ pleated dress at Crossroads in Williamsburg. It is literally my favorite dress I own!
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Thank you, Che, for talking to us about your adventures in secondhand fashion!
See more of Che’s looks on Instagram: @chewhitney. You can find us there too!