Who are the most stylish people in Austin? Vote now for Stylemaker Awards.
This fall, CultureMap will celebrate Austin's most fashionable trendsetters in our inaugural Stylemaker Awards. You know the type: the women and men for whom style comes naturally, who can effortlessly throw together the most fabulous ensemble for any occasion.
We solicited nominations from you, our stylish readers, and then our expert insiders — CultureMap's editorial staff and savvy fashion contributors — selected the top 12 nominees to move into the voting round.
Now that the semifinalists have been revealed, we're calling on you to help us determine our readers' choice winner. Vote once a day, every day until September 20 for your favorite trendsetter.
The top six contenders will then move on to the final round of a two-week voting period, September 23 - October 7.
All will be revealed on October 8 when we announce the first-ever Stylemaker Awards readers' and editorial choice winners.
Want to party with the Stylemaker Award finalists? Get your tickets now for CultureMap Social: The Style Edition, September 28 at The Belmont.
Occupation: Style blogger
Why Jessi deserves to be a Stylemaker: Jessi Afshin is the definition of Austin cool. Her highly regarded blog, The Darling Detail, mixes effortless, chic apparel with high-fashion and on-trend pieces. On Instagram, Afshin showcases ensembles that are all about casual, affordable, and attainable style.
Occupation: Youtube personality and fashion blogger
Why Dani deserves to be a Stylemaker: Dani Austin makes waves online with her super-popular YouTube channel. Offline, it's her style that grabs your attention: She melds trends from different eras to create a one-of-a-kind look.
Occupation: Fashion blogger
Why Kaley deserves to be a Stylemaker: This stylish Austinite says fashion has always been her truest sense of self-expression. What's Kaley Beery's signature style? Being fashionable and feeling confident without compromising comfort.
Occupation: Fashion designer
Why Ross deserves to be a Stylemaker: Ross Bennett has been crafting tailored men's and women's clothing in Austin since 2008. Ross' person style blends the polished with the hip — think dark denim with a dapper dinner jacket.
Occupation: Event planner, personal stylist
Why Kandi deserves to be a Stylemaker: Event planner and personal stylist Kandi Cook's outspoken look is a reflection of her bright spirit and spunky personality. She can dress anyone — regardless of style and budget — and always reminds people that being fashionably gorgeous on the outside is a mere reflection of your inner beauty.
Occupation: Owner of Sunroom
Why Lucy deserves to be a Stylemaker: Lucy Jolis' unique style and eclectic taste resonate in her South Austin boutique, Sunroom. She has an eye for great design and hard-to-find gems, which keeps her personal style and her store so refreshing. If "everyone's wearing it," Jolis probably won't be. And that's what makes her relaxed chic style so enviable, and the fact that we can shop her "closet" at Sunroom so fantastic.
Occupation: Founder and creative director at Bootleg Market
Why Sarah deserves to be a Stylemaker: Sarah Lewis' style is effortless. A true Texas gal, she was raised on a farm outside of tiny Magnolia, Texas. Sarah, who runs several successful businesses under the well-known Bootleg brand, is as fearless in her fashions as she is in business. She's never afraid to buck the trend.
Occupation: Tech entrepreneur, graphic designer, illustrator
Why Lauren deserves to be a Stylemaker: Lauren Martin is passionate about living a minimal lifestyle — and it's evident in her style. She's carefully curated a capsule wardrobe perfectly sized for her new home, a redesigned travel trailer. Lauren's website, Lauren Jade Lately, is all about simplifying life and maximizing happiness.
Occupation: ATX Street Style blogger and photographer
Why Shelley deserves to be a Stylemaker: Shelley Neuman's looks communicate a sense of effortlessness that is downright enviable. She can find the beauty in the simplest things and make any outfit look high-dollar. With her blog ATX Street Style, Shelley shares her style know-how across the city.
Occupation: Video producer
Why Travis deserves to be a Stylemaker: As a creative, Travis Sandoval strives to apply a unique aesthetic to his work as well as his own style. Travis is all about the details in an outfit, ensuring that what he wears is an expression of himself: colorful and fun with a masculine edge.
Occupation: Fashion blogger
Why Sylvia deserves to be a Stylemaker: A longtime fashionista, Sylvia Vaquera is chasing her style dreams with Fixin to Thrill, a blog for fashion lovers. Partial to black-and-white ensembles, Sylvia's style is classic and chic — with the right dose of Austin edge mixed in.
Occupation: Owner and stylist
Why Alex deserves to be a Stylemaker: Alex Zhang isn't afraid to be bold and express himself. He's the owner of In My Closet Clothing, an Austin outlet that currently features pieces from trendy Asian designers. His refreshing, dapper style is guaranteed to turn heads.