Dressing the Sound: Tele Novella

There’s a little well-known phrase that says, “Couples who play together, stay together.” In this case, we mean musically. Stylish couple Natalie Ribbons and Jason Chronis previously made their marks on the indie music scene in their bands Agent Ribbons and Voxtrot. The two have recently come together with some other musically-inclined friends to form the spooky yet dreamy indie-psych pop band, Tele Novella.

These two not only have a panache for creating lush psych pop tunes, but their stage presence is accentuated by their mid-century inspired wardrobes which combine vintage pieces with thrifted finds to create a look that harkens back to decades past, while still blending well with modern trends.

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When did you start playing music and what made you start?

Natalie: I grew up playing piano and took classical lessons for a decade, but I would write my own songs on the side. There was also a smattering of Fiona Apple and Tori Amos songs in there.

Jason: I started playing guitar when I was 11 years old. I had just discovered rock music and was inspired to write my own songs right from the start. That was the #1 reason why I asked for a guitar for Christmas that year.

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“I used to default to a look somewhere between a 1960s waitress and Raggedy Ann”
– Natalie Ribbons

Describe your personal style and tell our readers a little bit about how you view yourself and your style.

N: I suppose it’s expanded a bit in recent years. I used to default to a look somewhere between a 1960s waitress and Raggedy Ann, but these days I sort of gravitate towards things that are classic and cutesy. I’m a girly-girl at heart and I love Peter Pan collars, Mary Jane’s and saddle shoes with a touch of old school service industry uniform flavor à la Wes Anderson. I guess I was on the country side of the spectrum for our photo shoot with the gingham shirt, though.

J: I’d describe it as minimalist formal style. I like to dress up to a certain extent, but typically rein it in to a simple but elegant look.

Who or what are your fashion influences?

N: I really am not sure, but I think the whole 90s-does-the-70s stuff that was happening in my adolescence really impacted me and introduced me to girly vintage dresses. After that, I graduated to loving mod stuff (which I still do of course) and adjusted that around whatever I was able to thrift at any given time. I follow a lot of random fashion bloggers on Instagram and they all have things I like and dislike of course, but Tennessee Thomas is probably closest in sync with what I find appealing.

J: In high school I had an older friend named Nathan Stueve who had a snappy fashion sense. He influenced me (and a couple friends) to dress up a little more and seek out clothes at thrift shops. Back then the thrifts were just bursting full of mid-century clothes, especially in the small towns. I could find stacks of skinny ties every time I hit a thrift store. Similarly to my friend, I decided to keep the colors and patterns of my clothes earthy and simple. I found a lot of appeal to that in myself.

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