My Style: Brady Laughlin

Photos by Brooke Taylor

Hair stylist Brady Laughlin is a self-described “queer redhead weirdo with a stylish streak seeking substance within the Indianapolis fashion community.” Brady is also a server at Milktooth, a modern diner in Indianapolis. When he’s not feverishly ironing clothes, he likes to relax in his bathtub with Crocs and a good book with Prince playing in the background. We reached out to Brady to hear more about his unique style.

Name: Christopher Brady Laughlin
Residence: Fountain Square, IN
Occupation: Hairstylist and server at Milktooth
Where did you grow up? Waldron, IN

What is your earliest memory of a noticeable interest in fashion?

I distinctly remember doing a homage to Pee-Wee Herman in the form of an outfit I wore to church. Black and white checkered suit (with shorts instead of pants), suspenders, red bow tie, and shiny shoes. My grandfather and the congregation hated it but I had never felt more glamorous.

Who or what influences your style?

Holden Caulfield, farmers, vintage gay porn, club kids, beatniks, cowboys, bikers, horror movies, old black and white photographs, Twin Peaks, circuses, punks, and librarians.

What are your favorite Instagram accounts to follow?

@colorpalette.cinema
@lgbt_history
@vacationsf4sale
@geraldineleesvintage
@rewiredantiques

Describe your personal style in four words or one phrase.

Dance, music, sex, and romance.

What’s your go-to item in your closet?

Aileen Wuornos sweatshirt by @comeonstrong.

Who are your favorite designers, and what do you like about their designs?

Thierry Mugler
Jean Paul Gaultier
Vivienne Westwood

I love these designers because I think they challenged the notion of what was considered beautiful. Irreverent, Aggressive, and Imaginative.

Did you ever consider leaving the Indy area? If so, what made you stay?

I lived in Nashville for a year and determined that I can never wear a hat again. So. Many. Hats.
And handkerchiefs. I think Indianapolis is one big Hotel California. I love the people I know here and as much as I want to explore other places, I always find my back to them.

What trends are you noticing for spring fashion?

In the age of Covid-19 I think it’s safe to say it’s all about athleisure wear and face masks.
Comfort is key.

What’s next for you? What short and long term goals are on your list?

My short term goal is to finally use all the patches I’ve collected over the years and cover a leather jacket with them. My long term goal is to explore minimalism and eventually a capsule wardrobe.

Define fashion.

I think fashion is an art and a reflection of culture. Personal style interests me more because I think it’s an expression of how you interpret the fashions around you. Fashion is collective. Style is individual.

Worst fashion trend?

Gigantic white sneakers.

Best fashion trend?

Quality denim.

Last but certainly not least, name your favorite fashion icon.

Marlon Brando circa The Wild One. The man practically invented the white t-shirt and classic gay aesthetics.

Keep up with Brady on Instagram.