Kendyll Farley is one of my favorite baristas in town. She’s super friendly, has great hair and can make a damn good chai latte. I spoke to Kendyll about how she gets dressed in the morning.
Casual, simple and comfy layers. Some of my shifts start as early as 5:15 am, and it’s so much easier heading to work knowing that I’ll feel relaxed and snug. Especially when it’s dark and chilly (here’s looking at you, Maine winter), and I haven’t had my first cup of coffee yet!
Anything white—I believe that there is a curse on baristas who wear white. Give it five minutes, and you’ll have ruined your white garment with the most frustrating coffee fumble in history. I wear lots of dark colors instead.
My on-duty style absolutely carries over to my daily life. I rarely have reasons to get really gussied up, so I usually get to stay laid-back and comfy outside of work. Sometimes I’ll add more jewelry or a heeled boot, but dark layers are definitely my go-to.
Scarves! Scarves are useful, cozy, and basically a socially acceptable, adult version of a security blanket.
My fellow barista friends are creative, thrifty and interesting people, and that’s reflected in their style. Plus, working in coffee shops gives us a chance to confidently dress a little more eclectically and easy-going than might be possible in other fields of work. Keep on keeping on, stylish barista pals!