Rodney Diverlus' Style Statement

Diverlus, a dancer with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, is inspired by Rihanna's style.


photograph by Aldona Barutowicz 


Describe this outfit and why you love it.

I always start my ensembles with one signature piece that can be paired and pulled together with other great options. I got these pants from Johannesburg, South Africa, and was inspired by their playfulness but, more importantly, that wrap style that is basically never seen here. The top I got in Sydney and you can never go wrong with mesh. The rest is from racks and bins pulled together over time.


Describe your everyday style.

Bold and unapologetic. Mismatched and miscellaneous. 


Favourite local clothing store or designer?

Thrifting all the way. 


Favourite local restaurant?



What are you currently reading?

Policing Black Lives by Robyn Maynard. 


What, or who, is your style inspiration?

No one can touch Rihanna —  her inventiveness, creativity and ability to pair anything with just about anything is unmatched.


What’s your favourite current thing to wear?

Obnoxious patterns on patterns and athleisure-inspired outfits.


What do you carry with you?

AcuBall, Jolly Ranchers, phone charger, glasses cleaner ... the essentials. 


What is your greatest extravagance?

My weekly online shopping binges. I love shopping at,, and


photograph by Aldona Barutowicz 


This article appears in the August 2018 issue of Avenue Calgary. Subscribe here.


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