Allie

Name: Allie B.

Major: Communication Disorders and Sciences

Year: Senior

Why did you decide to study communication disorders and sciences? I’m really interested in languages, and I’m going to be a speak language pathologist, so I’ll get to work with special needs kids on their communication.

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Allie rocks a layered Forever 21 tank top with a sweater from Buffalo Exchange under tan coat from Value Village. Her leggings are from American Apparel.

What are your plans after graduation? I’m going to take a year off and work and maybe move to the Bay Area.

How would you describe your personal style? Comfortable. I accessorize a lot. I also wear lots of black. Not today, but normally I’m wearing a lot of black.

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Her studded booties are from Buffalo Exchange.

What tip do you have to layer clothes? I wear loose fitting things a lot. I like the baggier look. I typically buy things that are oversized, so you can layer them well.

Was there a moment in your life when your style changed? Well I always went to art schools for elementary and middle schools, so we didn’t have a “popular style,” so everyone was wearing whatever they wanted. I think that really shaped me because in middle school I could wear whatever I wanted and I never felt like I had to fit in. I think that’s where it stemmed from. As I got older, I got more put together and found my interests. I still feel like I can express myself through my clothes like I did back then.

What message comes through in your clothes? I’m not basic? I don’t know what people think when they look at me.

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Does that matter to you? Not really. I think the way you dress does say something about you because I judge people by the way they dress and make assumptions about their personality. But it’s not a determining factor for if I’m going to be friends with somebody.

Do you have more taste or style? I would say I have more taste because I tend to like the same certain things, which might actually be style. When I think of someone stylish, I think of someone who is following up on trends, and I don’t do that. I just dress myself based on my own taste.

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Her awesome leather bag was her mom’s and is from the ’80s!

How did you develop your own taste? It’s funny because now that I’m older, and I look at picture of my mom and how she dresses now, my style is totally based on her. I’m inspired by my friends as well, but I find myself sharing clothes with my mom a lot. It’s also where I’m from in Portland because people dress really interesting there.

What do you like about your mom’s style? She’s kind of hippy.

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Is there a TV show or movie you’d love to have the clothes from? “Sex and the City” is awesome, but I don’t know if I’d dress like the people, but I love the clothes.

Is there a specific “Sex and the City” character? Carrie Bradshaw.

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WRITTEN AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY HANNAH STEINKOPF-FRANK, @HSTEINKOPFFRANK

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