Name: Sarah S.
Hometown: Medford, Oregon
Sarah Describes her style as a little edgy mixed with a little ‘90s. Both her jacket and dress are from a thrift store in Medford and her shoes are from Kohl’s.
What influenced your decision to become a psychology major? I’ve always been really interested in psychology. I struggled with anxiety and depression myself, so I wanted to go into a field where I could help people out with that.
What would you tell people struggling with mental illnesses? For those with mental illness, I would want to say that I know it’s hard, but I also know it gets better. Even less than a year ago it was difficult to say whether I would make it to college or not. Now that I am here, I can see how strong and wise my struggles made me, and I’m very proud of that. I want those with mental illness to know that they are not alone, there are always people who want to help you, but you have to ask for that help. I couldn’t have survived high school without the support from my family, friends and healthcare providers.
Has fashion been a way to cope through your mental health problems? I wouldn’t say its been a way to cope, but my style definitely reflects where I am mentally. My style now is much more relaxed, whereas before fashion was a kind of cloak or armor. I wore a lot more layers with belts and jewelry, and I followed more trends to try and blend in. Now I just do what I want and what makes me feel good.
Her necklace and rings come from family members close to Sarah.
What’s the story behind your necklace? I got it for graduation from my grandma. It’s actually a locket, so I have a picture of my mom inside. I wear it almost every day. Three of the rings I’m wearing my mom actually gave to me. The fourth I bought for myself. I felt so mature spending my own money on jewelry.
Has anyone in your family influenced your style? My sister may have influenced my style more than any other person. She’s eight years older, and I grew up looking to her for fashion cues, and we developed many of the same likes and dislikes. We would share clothes all the time!
Do you think your style changes season to season? Oh definitely! Since I love to wear layers, Autumn and Winter are my favorite because I can do more with it. And then during the summer I go with more flowy clothes.
Sarah continues her layers by wearing tights and socks under her black textured boots.
Are there certain go-to shoes for you? I love boots, I need more actually, many more. I would say that my shoes do change with the season. I’ll still wear boots during the summer but with flowy dresses instead of tights and socks. I also love wearing heels in the summer, I find them liberating. I think that layering tights and socks adds dimension, and not to mention warmth, very easily. They look cozy and cute.
What was the worst or most embarrassing fashion trend you used to follow? Oh my gosh. The worst trend I followed had to be those feather hair clips or feather earrings. They looked awful on me, and I was trying way too hard to look like a hippie.
Sarah’s first tattoo is an entwined heart that she shares with her sister. She has plans to get a new tattoo as soon as she gets her next paycheck.
When did you get your tattoo? I actually got it with my sister right before moving here. We had always wanted to get sibling tattoos, so in the spur of the moment I asked if she wanted to go do it right then and there and she said sure. I also have a tattoo on my hip that’s a heart with a semicolon mixed with a ying-yang symbol. I actually designed it myself by playing around with a few different ideas.
Words and photo by Isabel Jolley, @