Name: Katy E.
Major: Public Relations
Hometown: Danville, California
How would you describe your aesthetic? That’s hard because I think my look changes every day. I wear a lot of neutral and earthy tones. I’m really drawn to Western, kind of relaxed fashion like Lucky Brand and pieces from Anthropologie, but I also love high fashion and elements of street style, so my aesthetic is definitely a mix.
Who or what inspires the way you dress? Again, it changes, but right now I am super inspired by classic, minimalist French fashion. If I had the will power, I would totally eliminate all but like 10 quality, staple pieces from my wardrobe, but I don’t think I’m ready for that. Saint Laurent is my absolute favorite fashion house, though.
If one song could be the soundtrack to your style personality, what song would it be? “Toes” by Glass Animals.
If you could have a shopping spree from any store or brand, where would you spree? I would go shopping online with ASOS. I have like a 100 things sitting in my cart from that site right now!
Do you have any stories about your jewelry or piercings that you’d like to share? No real story about the piercings other than the majority were done when I went in with other people for them to get something done. They were all pretty much unplanned, but I love how they turned out!
Her stone ring comes from a vendor in Boulder, Colorado and her nail polish is from the brand Essie. The color is called Bikini So Teeny.
Since the start of your college career, what has changed the most about your fashion taste? What would you like to see evolve and change about your style by the time you graduate? For the most part, my own style hasn’t drastically changed. It’s definitely gotten a lot more refined, but I think that’s just a reflection of growing up. I would like to refine it even more, and I really want to invest in more, like, timeless pieces. By the time I graduate and get a big girl job, I want to have all the staples in my back pocket: black slacks, LBD, white button up, great blazer, etc.
What’s your favorite and least favorite trend? I actually think that my favorite and least favorite trends are kind of the same. I love street style. Like super casual, soft textures and lots of layering, but with things that dress it up and make it look put together. For example, I love simple black jeans and a chunky turtleneck, but with pointy flats, or big, cool earrings to give it that extra flare. I also hate street style though. I think that the whole vibe and the shabby-chic style has become super over-marketed and overpriced by things like Yeezy when you could just buy some spandex shorts and a sweatshirt from literally anywhere and cut up the sweatshirt to get the same effect. On a total side note, I’m also completely obsessed with sunglasses. I own too many pairs to count, and my friends have to pry me away when we’re out shopping together. So you could say that’s another favorite.
What does fashion mean to you? I love fashion. To me, it’s a way for people to be able to express themselves without having to actually say anything. It’s also a way for people to communicate with their peers in a nonverbal way.
What advice would you give someone on gaining confidence in their personal style? I would definitely say wear whatever makes you comfortable. Screw what other people think, and don’t be afraid to take risks every once in a while. If you never experiment with fashion, you’ll never know what kind of things you like, or what kinds of different things look good on you. I’m always on Pinterest looking for style inspiration, but that doesn’t mean that you should aspire to be whatever you see on Pinterest. You can draw on elements of everything you see and make it your own in a way that makes you feel confident!
Katy strides in her Lucky Brand ankle boots.
What’s the greatest lesson you’ve learned since being at the University of Oregon? Coming to the University of Oregon has just showed me the crazy array of people and styles and tastes from all over the place. Sometimes things that are cool here are absolutely not cool at home, and vice versa. The move has got me thinking in general — but especially about fashion — much more expansively.
Thank you for speaking with us! Do you have any concluding remarks? I love the Alexa Chung quote, “Never say never in fashion, because you’ll be wearing ‘never’ in two years time.” Style is constantly changing and evolving, and that’s what makes it fun, and people should embrace that!
Words and Photos by Miranda Sarah Einy, @MIRANDWA