By Lynette Carrington / Photo by Mark Morgan
Justin Pazera is an Emmy Award-winning anchor for ABC15 Arizona. Growing up outside of Indiana, fashion influenced him as early as kindergarten, when he attended private school. The dress code included a button-down shirt and dress pants. He felt more comfortable dressed up than dressed down and became accustomed to the look.
Classic style stayed with Pazera as he went on to work in broadcast news in Chicago, Illinois and Omaha, Nebraska, however his move to the Valley’s heat changed his perspective on clothing.
“In the Midwest, you wear shorts for three months out of the year, and here you can wear shorts for 10 months,” he says. “I get sick of wearing shorts. I want to put on some blue jeans!”
ABC15 is relatively relaxed when it comes to wardrobe requirements, something Pazera appreciates. He says a nice polo or dress shirt can be worn on air anytime.
When he isn’t in front of the camera, Pazera’s style is simple and straightforward.
“I like a good blazer because I can really dress things up, especially paired with a nice pair of jeans,” he explains.
Do viewers ask you for fashion advice? On Instagram I always get people asking me what I wore on air. A lot of times, I get more comments about what I wear, rather than the actual story that I’m reporting. That happens to the women reporters as well.
What are some of your favorite wardrobe looks? I really like the color black and I love lines, especially military-style lines – something with a stripe going down the leg or a stripe on the shoulder. I like that military look.
Where are your favorite places to shop? I will shop everywhere from high-end stores to Forever 21. No joke! I will go everywhere. I like Forever 21 for jackets, but if you pair those with a good pair of boots and a great pair of jeans, it doesn’t look like you just spent $20 on a jacket.
By Laura Stoddard / Photo by Mark Morgan
Valley native, Tabitha Evans has done and seen many things in her life. Traveling the world, working in military intelligence will do that for you. When she returned home, however, she knew her future lie in a much more creative field.
“I wanted to be either a chef or an interior designer,” she says. “But I also wanted to have children, and I realized the restaurant business wasn’t a great place to raise a family, so I started interior design school.”
Today, Evans is the owner of Tabitha Evans Design, and president of the American Society of Interior Designers. When not enmeshed with tile samples, paint swatches, and fabric textures, she enjoys focusing on family and fashion.
“I feel like fashion and interiors really run together,” Evans says. “Both have the ability to elevate moods, and convey beauty and character.”
Evans’ closet contains a little bit of everything (including those military fatigues), but as with her interiors, she favors contemporary designs. However, don’t ask her to pinpoint one favorite outfit.
“I don’t think I could do it,” she laughs. “I love them all.”
Favorite current fashion trend: Sleeves. Whether it’s ruffles on the sleeve, or the sleeve being bunched, or like a cap sleeve or a bell sleeve. There’s just something really interesting and unique in sleeves right now.
Is there an accessory you can’t go without? I would say a fun, funky bracelet. That’s like my go-to. I feel like you could take a pair of jeans and a T-shirt and put on a big, chunky bracelet, and it just makes it look so much better.
Describe your personal style: I’d call it contemporary chic, but a little bit edgy. I still love adding a little tradition in there, so it’s like Kelly Wearstler meets Audrey Hepburn. Just like my interiors, I like to do fun or unexpected things, like animal prints or a little Asian influence.