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25 Most Stylish Bostonians of 2008 -- Elizabeth Butters

Elizabeth Butters (right). Elizabeth Butters (right). (Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff)
By Ami Albernaz
Globe Correspondent / November 18, 2008
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Elizabeth Butters

Age: 23

Job: Musician (singer, Appalachian dulcimer, guitar)

Residence: Somerville

Your music and the way you dress evoke the 1930s. What from that time most appeals to you? I liked the way things looked. I have a real romanticism about open roads. My favorite movie is "Bonnie & Clyde." In my shows, everything is from the '30s and '40s, but I also have bathing suits from the '40s, records from the '50s and early '60s - 33 r.p.m., because I don't really like 78 r.p.m.

What sorts of clothing appeals to you? Certain types of collarsPeter Pan collars, bib collars, dotted Swiss fabric, organdy.

Where do you shop? Café Society in Brookline. I've been going there since I was 14. I really like the women in that store. I also go to antique stores in New Hampshire and Vermont with my dad. I like all kinds of old stuff; I'm lucky my parents do, too.

Do you think something has been lost in terms of style or the way we live today? I think everything is disposable. I don't think our grandkids are going to log into our e-mail accounts to find what was there . . . Before, things were good. In the '60s, there was great recording equipment. You can erase everything now.

What are some items you'd never part with? I always use a quilt with a wedding-ring pattern that my great-grandmother made in the '30s. I also have a picture of my great-grandfather sitting on a paper moon from the 19-teens. . . . I have an Art Deco holy water bottle from the '30s. I'm not religious, so I don't know why I like it so much.

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