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Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Personal Stylebooks

“Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.” – Oscar de la Renta, 1932-2014 (Vanity Fair)

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JW: Could you tell me what you’re wearing today?

TC: Well my hat and shorts are from Forever 21, the sweater is from Talbots. I got this top from my mom’s closet. I’m also wearing tights with knee high socks and my clear heeled boots are from Urban Outfitters.

JW: What is your inspiration behind your fashion?

TC: I get my inspiration from almost everywhere. I follow a lot of fashion bloggers on Instagram and sometimes I’ll just look at what other people wear and get inspiration from that.

JW: What’s your favorite brand and why?

TC: I’m not really sure, because I try not to be too obsessed with name brands, but I kind of just go everywhere and if I come across something I like then I’ll get it. I really like H&M and ASOS though because they have a lot of clothes that are edgy and simple which is more my style.

JW: What’s unique about the way you approach your style?

TC   : I like to be “out there” with my style. I like to stand out, even though I usually just end up wearing all black. Sometimes I’ll put on an outfit and I’m just like, “What am I wearing?!” but it’s okay because I’m just having fun and I try not to worry about what other people think.

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Tiffany choi, third-year, design and communications double major

Bella Ly

JW: Could you tell me what you’re wearing today?

BL: I recently got this leather jacket from Forever 21 and haven’t stopped wearing it since. I’ve been wanting one for a long time and I’m so glad I finally bought one! My sweater is from H&M and my boyfriend jeans are from Gap. The jeans are definitely the star of the outfit in my opinion. They’re so comfortable but easily dressed up or down. I love pairing them with heels.

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JW: What is your inspiration behind your fashion?

BL: Halfway through last year I realized I was constantly revamping my wardrobe and easily grew bored of my clothes. It was a vicious cycle of buying clothes and then donating/selling to consignment stores. I got tired of being so inconsistent with my style and had to strip my closet back to the bare basics. I found out I’m so much more comfortable with classic, closet staple items and have been going for minimalism ever since. I also really enjoy menswear, so I always look for structured, boxier pieces and balance them with feminine details.

JW: What’s your favorite brand and why?

BL: I’d have to say Zara. Although their clothing is trendy, it’s not outlandish enough to not be worn ten years from now. As for my favorite designers, I’m a huge fan of Oscar de la Renta, Lela Rose, Alice + Olivia and Elie Saab.

JW: What’s unique about the way you approach your style?

BL: I wouldn’t call it unique, but I just try to focus on my personality and my comfort. In the past, I’ve always bought things I thought I liked but wouldn’t actually wear because it just wasn’t practical or comfortable. I’m focusing on what I feel most empowered and confident in. I don’t want to worry about how I look all day because I’m unsure of what I’m wearing. Now, I try to buy items I know will contribute to my wardrobe and style – not just something pretty to look at.


Bella Ly, 4th year, Communication & Sociology – Org. Studies; Minor in Textiles and Clothing

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Interviewed and photographed by Jennifer Wu

Jennifer Wu is the Art Director for The California Aggie and The Centennial Magazine. You can reach her at magazine@theaggie.org.


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