Style Scout: Vanessa Thomas


Vanessa Thomas, Lawrence. Clothing details: Scarf, Express, November, $25; long-sleeve shirt, Calvin Klein; red top, Michele Bohbot, summer 2012, $40; shoes, Etienne Aigner, don’t remember when purchased, $80; jeans, Express, two years ago, $50; sweater, purchased in Minneapolis, 2010, $40; earrings, Target, August, $10; gold purse, Plato’s Closet, awhile ago, about $10.

Age: 36

Relationship status: Married

Hometown: Clay Center

Time in Lawrence: 14 years

Occupation: I’m a professional singer and I also play the piano for Lawrence Public Schools at LHS.

Dream job: I’m doing it! I sing with Doc Severinsen. We sing jazz and sometimes we sing with symphonies where I sing well-known classical pieces.

What were you doing when scouted: Leaving parent-teacher conferences for my 9-year-old daughter.

Describe your style: I just wear things I like and I wear them together in a random way that makes sense to me.

Fashion trends you love: Infinity scarves are my favorite right now.

Fashion trends you hate: I am not a fan of low rise anything!

Fashion influences: I like to mix urban influences with extremely dressy styles — like urban meets society.

What would you like to see more of in Lawrence: I wish there were more occasions where people got totally dressed up. However, I don’t think that everyone should be spending a fortune on clothing and only wear designer brands … but dressing up for a concert or to go out is a must for me.

Less of? I love the individuality and variety of style in Lawrence. Maybe less people wearing hemp packs?

Tattoos or piercings: Just two piercings in my ears.

Who do people say you look like? I get introduced as Vanessa Williams a lot and there’s always a collective sigh of shock and then bam, it’s me. Some people also think I look like Thandie Newton.

What type of music do you unwind to? It depends on what ever I feel like in the moment. It can span from opera to jazz to pop, etc. I just like music.

Tell us a secret … I used to have an Afro!


traveler12 7 years, 5 months ago

Yawn. What happened to the last 'Style Scout' reporter?

asixbury 7 years, 5 months ago

According to your past comments, you didn't much like the last reporter's choices. Seems someone is hard to please. Your negative comments are not needed. How about you post what you think is stylish on here so the rest of us can treat you with the same respect you have shown other scouts?

Sunny_Relay 7 years, 5 months ago

Wow! What a great find! When I used to live in Lawrence, I think she was the one that blew the roof off at Allen Fieldhouse when she sang the National Anthem! What a nice find!

Pepe 7 years, 5 months ago

Best one in a long time. Someone with some style and flair. Plus, we finally have a non-hipster. Please have more folks like Vanessa with some actual style as opposed to the hipster metrosexual sorts that are usually on here.

unsolvedmysteries 7 years, 5 months ago

Love her look- and she puts the pieces together so uniquely. But it all seems to fit! Love love love!

Delit_Austin 7 years, 5 months ago

Oh my, she looks fabulous! I can't wait to see her and Doc Severinsen on tour. Argh... do I miss Lawrence!!

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