Reflekt Muse: Jamie Windust
We first met Jamie through our Reflekt Mag instagram Muse contest. Known as @leopardprintelephant on the instagram feeds, Jamie Windust captivated us with his colorful gender bending wardrobe and his joyous smile! A London boy who liberated himself through his style and honed his creativity through fashion and makeup tells us his story on how he wound up on his eclectic path.
What was your upbringing like?
I was born in Dorchester, Dorset in the UK in 1997 and I have two half brothers and two half sisters, which sounds like a lot but they're all older than me so it's fine. We don't all live together (thank god).
What is your occupation?
My occupation at the moment is full-time student. I study Fashion Management and Marketing at the University for the Creative Arts in Epsom, Surrey.
What’s your favourite outfit?
An outfit that I adore is my jumpsuit which I found from ASOS, teamed with a sheepskin coat, little black boots, hooped earrings, and a lil purple bowler hat. Love that.
How did you style develop?
My style developed from about the age of 15 onwards. I started getting into fashion and seeing clothes that were bright and colourful and I knew I just needed them. Charity shops and Ebay changed my style massively as it made these types of vintage clothes more affordable for me
Does style run in your family?
Sadly not. My family are hella basic when it comes to fashion (no offence everyone). Like, I think I used up all of the style potion for my family.
Was there a point in your life when your style changed dramatically? What happened?
I think a dramatic change for me was probably when I was 17 and I first started kind of wearing heels and experimenting with clothes that were "made for women" as it's something, at that point, that I had never done and it was daunting. But, I knew I just loved the clothes and I didn't really care about anything else. It was exciting.
Does your style fit into the typical male or female representation?
Gender identity is such a huge part of how I dress because my gender identity is non-binary/genderqueer. Meaning, I don't really fit into male or female gender roles or expressions and just kind of float around in the middle somewhere and this was influenced so heavily by fashion. Fashion is the best outlet for gender expression because it can be played with so heavily. For me, I don't see gender in clothing so it is definitely something that impacts and helps me with my gender identity.
Do you ever wish you were the opposite sex? How do you think your style would be if you were the opposite sex?
Personally, I don't feel like I want to be the opposite sex. However, I feel like if I were the opposite sex, my gender would still be the same so I would still dress the same. Lots of colour and glamour and sequins (of course) and lots of vintage prints and oversized sleeves and high waisted garments.
What is your advice or life mantra for Reflekt readers?
My advice for Reflekt readers would be to embrace yourself and love yourself and do things for yourself first and then do things for other people. Ignore people who tell you that you can't do things and idolize yourself and achieve the goals you set for yourself, no matter how big or small. I don't believe in narcissism purely because I feel like it's a tool to limit how much you love yourself. Don't speak negatively about other people and try not to worry about little things that put other people down. Always imagine if you were in their situation and how it would make you feel. Live life doing what you love and with the people that make you a better person!