This SLC couple has a distinct yet varied style fueled by a heavy dose of Deseret Industries with a Goodwill chaser. They can often be seen playing in the band
Foster Body, or supporting their many friends in other local bands.
features a distinct and unique member of the community and asks them why they do what they do. Exploring more than just clothing, SLUG Style SLUG Style is an attempt to feature the people who give Salt Lake City flavor through personality and panache.
This SLC couple has a distinct yet varied style fueled by a heavy dose of Deseret Industries with a Goodwill chaser. They can often be seen playing in the band Foster Body, or supporting their many friends in other local bands.
Here Durfee is supporting her friends in local band JAWWZZ!! with a handsome band t-shirt bearing a party shark, along with a cardigan. “I would say I first started layering out of necessity and then it is just what you do,” she says. “I would rather be hot and uncomfortable than go without a jacket. I like layering tops and bottoms.” Her hair color changes often, and likely won’t be the same for long.
Martin thinks in terms of shapes when choosing clothing, not paying too much attention to brands or even any certain aesthetic. He says, “I guess I could see how someone could look at something like my Adidas or pants and think of the ’80s, but I feel like I’m dressing in a new generic way, and while some of my shapes may seem to look very extreme, all of it feels very plain, generic and comfortable to me.”
“When I was younger,” says Martin, “I used to be obsessed with hats. I had dozens and dozens of them. But then I grew out my hair and stopped wearing them because they didn’t create the same shapes that they did before. I had a new layer that was part of my anatomy. I had adopted hair as my new topper.”
When it comes to waistlines, the higher the better. Martin often has to turn to decades past to find the shapes he wants, as the tapers, cuts and lengths vary greatly in some ways to today’s offerings
Martin and Durfee don’t seem to follow any particular school of thought regarding the aesthetic they look for in clothing, though it is by no means random. They feel that being comfortable with yourself and how you are is important.
Durfee loves layers and isn’t afraid of color. “I feel that autonomy over your outward appearance, at least in the way that it makes you feel, is so important,” she says. “No matter how people view you, if you feel a certain way when you put on make up or do your hair or don’t do any of those things, it’s good.”
Martin and Durfee see playing in a band as a chance to dress in a way that they might not in their personal lives. They feel it helps enhance their performances for the audience. Their band, Foster Body, will often coordinate their clothing in some way, adding a sense of cohesion and whimsy. “We know everyone we play for,” says Martin. “So dressing up for shows helps further distinguish the show from our lives outside of Foster Body.”
“Korey likes sneakers,” says Durfee. “He was always looking for the perfect pair of sneakers. Because they were practical, I always saw them as ugly, even though I wore them. But then you get so used to seeing yourself in them that you just kind of adopt it into this new aesthetic.”
Their shoes and socks communicate just as much about them as the rest of their clothing, which if summarized, would be that they can’t be. They don’t dress the way they do to buck convention or to conform to non-conformist culture. They dress how they feel and encourage others to do the same.
“There might be some really cool pants that you see on a guy on the runway, but you can’t get them locally,” says Durfee, “but you can find them at D.I. in the [women’s] section from 30 years ago.” Here they both pile on the layers, not minding which section they found them in. “Clothes don’t know who is wearing them,” says Martin.