Misty Odell Is a Musician With Killer Androgynous Style

Clothing can be an extension of a person’s personality or serve as a form of self-expression. Similarly, music is inextricable from self-expression and often the two—music and fashion—can complement each other.

Greyscale Goods aims to celebrate the juxtaposition of style and music so we’re reaching out to our inspired artist friends to find out what inspires their greyscale style. Our first gracious guinea pig is Misty Odell, an indie folk singer-songwriter who can be found performing around LA (and soon Europe) in her signature vintage t-shirts and jeans. No matter what she’s wearing, she’s always rocking the ultimate accessory—a guitar.

Misty was kind enough to offer us some insight into her style—expressed through music and clothing. Here’s what she had to say:

GG: What/who influences your style?
MO: I love the vintage, lumberjack/mechanic look—somewhat loose, but not sloppy. Vintage boots, flannels, plain white or black t-shirts, leather accessories, somewhat baggy jeans, and leather boots. I love the versatility of layers—hoodies, button ups over a simple t-shirt. Overall, being comfortable is my biggest influence.

GG: What is your method or thought process when choosing something to wear on stage? Do you have a go-to outfit?
MO: As a singer-songwriter, sometimes I’m on stage alone, so I try to keep it casual, without making a “big deal” of the gig. I’ve found if I feel comfortable about my appearance, I perform better, and connect with the crowd in a more natural manner, so I try not to overdo it by drawing attention to anything other than my music. If I’m all dressed up and feel self-conscious or concerned with my appearance, it will show during my performance. I’ll be nervous and awkward, wondering how stupid I look. Playing live is hard enough, but when you don’t have a band to blame your mistakes on, the focus is on you—so it’s important to be comfortable and to be yourself.

GG: How has your style evolved over the course of your music career?
MO: In the past, I would play gigs in a nice button-up dress shirt, a tie, a vest, and jeans—but I found that I was uncomfortable and hot as hell under the stage lights. So I eventually navigated toward my go-to outfit of vintage t-shirts and jeans. I was recently given 3 amazing vintage shirts, as a gift, from my all-time favorite actress, which will be my “good luck” attire when I return to the stage. I’m pretty excited to play in something worn by a brilliant, kind, and extremely talented person—maybe that magic will rub off on me.

GG: If you had to name your style, what would you call it?
MO: Lumbersexual—A term I recently heard about, that both men and women can identify with; it encompasses an outdoorsy, works-with-your-hands, vintage/nostalgia type of style.

GG: Do you have a favorite designer/brand/store?
MO: I’ve been saving up for my European trip, so most recently, my favorite store has been Goodwill. I’m not too proud to save a butt-load of money, but I WILL say that my favorite jeans are Diesel and G-Star, which I’ve managed to purchase at reasonable prices.

GG: A great way to brand your look is to have one or two accessories or pieces of jewelry that you wear every day. What is your signature piece that you always wear?
MO: A homemade necklace of pieces I’ve found in random places. A type of steel washer I found while hiking in Petra, Jordan, an old motorcycle chain link I found outside of Coachella, a vintage locker unit numbered tag, a coin from Egypt, random pieces of antique metal I’ve found on our ranch in Colorado—I rotate all my one-of-a-kind items. You’ll usually see me with a handmade leather key chain that sort of accents my leather boots and belt. Plus I’m terrible at losing my keys—so its main purpose is that it helps me keep my life together.

GG: What advice can you share with our readers/customers about how you go about putting an outfit together?
MO: BE COMFORTABLE—people can tell when you try too hard to fit in or be fashionable, it’s often a direct reflection of your lack of confidence—which in my opinion, isn’t very attractive. I’ll be the first to say I don’t have a great look, or hip or cutting-edge fashion sense, but I’m comfortable and I’m confident in what I wear. I’ll rock any t-shirt, semi-baggy jeans, and my Clarks Desert boots with confidence, pretty much every day (which allows me to focus on more important things in my life—like when I can sneak in my next 2 hour nap).

*Interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

When she isn’t offering us style advice, Misty is honing her craft, playing live shows and recording her latest album. Her musical style, one she’s developed since before she picked out her own clothes (she began playing at 6 years old), is characterized by intricate finger-picking and influenced by artists as diverse as Bon Iver, Ellie Goulding, Fleetwood Mac, Florence and The Machine, Lindsey Buckingham, and Annie Lenox.

Her latest album, The Struggle, is an exercise in orchestral pop, characterized by large, live string ensembles, big drums, and pianos. The Struggle is available on Misty’s website—http://www.mistyodell.com—i-Tunes, Bandcamp, and Amazon. Go pick up your copy!

—Liv Gerde | Liv the Barber