You either love her fashion or hate it—but Brig from Shear Genius has definitely earned her place on Modern Salon to tell her Style Story.

Brig, take it away!

Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story

 

Age 4, My pajamas had a hat!

Since a long as I could remember I have loved personal style. By the time I could talk I was dressing myself. My mom always allowed me to wear whatever I wanted, and let me tell you I DID! I love to be unpredictable with my fashion. The more color, the better. As a girl my fashion idols were Pippi Longstocking & Cyndi Lauper. Through my teen years, Madonna & these days combine those with Bjork, Alexander Mcqueen & Rodarte. By the time I hit 13 I shed my tomboy image & started obsessing over the fashion layouts in every magazine. That obsession continues today with POP, Z!nk, Another Magazine, S, Nylon…to name a few. My mom taught me to be myself & never worry about what others thought. Through countless years of teasing, I never conformed my personal fashion style. Of course it has changed over the years , as it should, however I really wanted to share my personal style journey with you and felt that pictures were the best way to do so. My hair & weight was ever changing, however through out my 20’s I kept my hair longer at the request of a husband. Never again! By 30, we divorced, I opened p!ay hair lounge & TURNED MY VOLUME UP! At age 34, I have never felt as comfortable in my own skin. I love my short colorful hair and wear whatever I WANT. I do not dress for the comfort of others. I cant help but stand out & I accept that full on. Love my style or not, I DO and at the end of the day, that is all that ever should matter. I hope that with my guts to share these amazingly hilarious personal pics with you, you are inspired to revisit your style history! Please comment below & visit my Facebook fan page to keep up with me and my next adventure! :) —Brig Van Osten


Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story

Mickey & me...

Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story

1st grade- I loved this sailor outfit

Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story

6th grade curl mullet

Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story
7th grade- Of course I made my Tiger top with puffy paint
Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story

Age 14

Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story

Braces! 10th grade

Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story

Didn't you own a tie-dyed outfit?

Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story

My 1st job- Denny's hostess. Lasted 1 month for obvious reasons!

Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story

17, trying to look older- temporary black hair color

Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story

Age 19, Simi Valley Cosmetology School..Here I come!

Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story

Age 20, competing in a student hair show. Yes, my shorts are vinyl & waterproof!

Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story

Age 21, My mom made this skirt. I still have it.

Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story

Blonde wig & camouflage dress, doubt I blended in

Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story

Age 24, in love with BLUE & cupcakes!

Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story

Age 26, ISO Guest Artist- They made me wear all black

Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story

Age 27, Getting blonder..

Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story

28, I love New York City!

Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story

Age 28, Blondorexic + bangs!

Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story

Age 29, Mystic tan (I smelled like a sweaty coconut)

Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story

What Not to Wear- Wannabe special. 2005 Kristina, Emily, Clark & I /Model Dana Junezka

Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story

Age 30, Back to red

Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story
Age 31, I painted my dress
Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story

Age 32, Back in New York City

Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story

Age 32, 2007- Yellow enters the picture..

Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story

2008- Life & Style Yellow + bangs

Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story

Age 33, 2009 - I go to the circus!

Brig from Shear Genius: Her Style Story

Age 34, The show goes on..

 

Check out more of Brig's thoughts on her blog at brigknowsbest.com!