Durango Street Style: Bowties and flower beards

by Patty Templeton

Ryan Garcia is so PMA that he’ll put energy into your day. Garcia is the education manager for the Durango area chapter of Planned Parenthood’s Responsible Sex Education Institute. He specializes in infectious disease, sex ed, working with diverse populations, and LGBTQIA issues. He’s a fantastic fella who’s charismatic AF, super nice, and always stylin’.

DGO talked to Garcia about his cosplay-meets-classic fashion sense.

“(My style) varies, but I really enjoy bowties, suspenders, blazers. Those are always nice go-tos for me, along with a really tight vest and some nice shoes that match some part of the outfit. Summertime I’m always in tanks and shorts, but if it’s not summertime I mix it up and am more metrosexual lumberjack.

Friends would probably describe my style as a little bit crazy. Often, they’ll say, “That’s very Ryan.” I tend to throw random stuff into an outfit or play with my beard – to count it as part of my outfit. I’ve done flower beards before or metal beards. I made a beard out of chains one time for a steampunk event. I like adding a little bit of a costume component to fashion because I enjoy cosplay. If it’s an event that’s a bit more special, I’ll throw something in there.

Around high school, a family member really got me into style. She said, “You can’t wear Pokémon cards; you have to get clothes, too.” (Laughs) Ever since then, I started becoming more aware of clothes and slowly developed my own sense of style.

As long you are confident and happy with what you have on, it works. I think if someone is owning an outfit, that is what matters.”

Interview edited and condensed for clairty. Got rad style or know someone who always looks fab? Send DGO a heads-up on who to interview next at [email protected].Patty Templeton


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