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Downtown Dallas Inspires This Urban Developer’s Wardrobe

Whether it’s real estate, startup, community, or branding, Wildcat Management's Tanya Ragan says each of her projects has its own identity and becomes her muse.
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Tanya Ragan
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What I Do: I’m the owner and president of Wildcat Management. I focus on urban revitalization and historic rehabilitation efforts. Our latest project was restoring the 115-year-old Purse Building in Dallas’ West End District.

Style Icons: My mother, who just turned 75, is one of the most fashionable people I know. She has her own unique style and embraces it 110 percent. I also love Dolly Parton. She is a trailblazer and has always embraced what makes her different; she’s business-savvy and confident in her skin. It’s so important to be confident in your skin. I gravitate toward style icons who embody that.

Tanya RaganOn the Job: Every day is different, and things tend to change on a dime. When I’m at a construction site, I wear jeans, boots, and a structured blazer that can handle getting dirty. When I have a corporate meeting, I still dress edgy but with a leather jacket, structured blouse, ankle pants, and nice heels. If you look in my trunk, I have an arsenal of shoes. Shoes can change the look of an outfit in seconds.   

What Inspires Me: I consider myself a creative and constantly find inspiration in architecture, interior design, and the streets of downtown. I also tend to change my look based on my projects—slightly. Whether it’s real estate, startup, community, or branding, each has its own identity, and it becomes my muse.

Style Goals: Downtown, edgy, and urban, with a mix of high-end and low-end pieces. If I like it, I don’t care where it came from!

Style Essentials: Sunglasses, phone, and my nameplate and Dallas necklace combo. A close family friend made my nameplate necklace for me 16 years ago. I added the Dallas in 2009 when I founded an organization to advocate and revitalize a neighborhood on the southern edge of downtown.

Go-To Look: Blazer, dark jeans, belt, and edgy boots that are comfortable for walking downtown streets and site visits. My favorite boots are by Chloé; people have stopped me on the streets to ask about them. I tend to dress more on the masculine side, making it more feminine with jewelry and accessories.

How I Accessorize: Jennifer Fisher gold hoops, a stack of gold bracelets, and my nameplate necklace.   

Weekend Look: My style rarely changes. The only difference is on weekends I am makeup-free and swap in blue jeans and a cotton blouse.

Favorite Stores: Probably Dallas’ Elements and Flea Style. I also love to hit hidden consignment stores and flea markets when I travel. I’ll then mix in mainstream basics like Banana Republic, J.Crew, and Gap. 

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