Brennan O'Mara's Artistic Take on Fashion

Tempe native Brennan O'Mara is passionate about two things: music and art. The 27-year-old ASU fine arts graduate and drummer incorporates elements of both in his daily wares.

What are you wearing right now? The weather is great right now, so I am wearing some frayed, purple corduroy shorts. A vintage-style gray t-shirt with a Mayan calendar graphic. Some faded black Vans sandals. For jewelry, I'm wearing, as I usually do, three silver bengals on my left wrist and my favorite turquoise ring on my right ring finger. Finally, my Oceano sunglasses.

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What's the last item of clothing you purchased? The other day I bought a Hester St. Trading Co. wallet and a woven belt. The wallet has a multicolored zigzag design and the belt is dark blue patterned with tiny white dots. I got both at Urban Outfitters.

What sort of fashion do you create? I would say classic and casual. I like to stay current, but I also enjoy looks that are timeless.

What's the last thing you designed? Well, I am a painter, so the last thing I designed was an abstract landscape oil painting that is almost complete. The design is a horizon line with many different reds and dark blues on a wood panel.

Can you tell me a little bit about your own style? While keeping up with the latest trends, I tend to stick to the basics. Casual T-shirt, usually with a V, a slick pair of pants (sometimes jazzy), finished off with a good shoe or solid flops.

What's your favorite item of clothing in your closet? Definitely my charcoal pea coat. Like I said, I like the classic look, goes with a lot of different outfits, and its the warmest coat I own.

What's a fashion trend you can't stand? I think the mustache trend has run its course. Fake eyeglasses -- like wearing frames without lenses or having false lenses.

Give us a childhood memory of you and your clothes . . . I love clothes that have memories attached to them. Growing up, I went to a lot of concerts and always bought a T-shirt. It's always fun to pull out an old concert T and remember a great show.

What do you like to accessorize with? I'm always wearing some kind of jewelry, and I'm kind of a fiend for sunglasses. I probably have a hundred bracelets and who knows how many sunglasses. Browsing boutiques and little shops in surrounding towns is a great way to spend a day.

Name five items every man should have in his closet . . . 1. A good pair of loafers 2. A diverse collection of belts 3. A black silk tie 4. A dinner jacket that can be used in different settings 5. And of course, a great pair of jeans

What's your piece of fashion advice for Phoenix? We know it's hot here, so be comfortable and dress light. Be your own person and let your fashion express your personality. And it might be time to shave your mustache.

To learn more about Brennan check out his website at

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