Name: Sierra C.
Major: Environmental Science and Biology
Hometown: Hilo, Hawaii
What inspired your outfit today? Well my first thought when I get ready in the morning is “Do I have clean clothes?” With the weather being in the 50s in the morning and warmer later in the day, I just was thinking about how I can layer.
What was the transition from Hawaii to Oregon like? Honestly when it’s cold, I wear as many sweats and sweaters as I can put on. I don’t really explore fashion until the sun comes out. In the winter, I just try to get from point A to point B and stay as warm as I can.
Her trusty Tevas finish the look.
What made you want to study environmental studies? Well I’m really into conservation, and environmental science has a lot to do with ecological work and conservation. I’m vegan, so I don’t wear any leather products or if I do own any, they’re from before I became vegan. I’m not going to get rid of them because that’s also not sustainable. More relating to style, fast fashion is not sustainable. I think that fast fashion is kind of a hard thing to solve because it has to do with your economic influence, and a lot of people are going to want what’s affordable.
What made you want to become vegan, and what was the process like? Well I was vegetarian for two years, and after that I transitioned into veganism. It was a long transition of researching and becoming more aware, not only why you should become vegan but how to do it and still be healthy. It takes a lot of work because it’s really easy to become malnourished.
Her backpack is functional enough for rainy Oregon weather and for adventuring.
What do you normally wear on a day-to-day basis? If it’s warm, I like to wear really flowy dresses, I really love Urban Outfitters. I have these blue pants that I got from Thailand, and they’re really baggy, and some might even say they’re ugly, but I love them. I also love to wear my Tevas.
What was Thailand like? I was there over winter break for a month. I went from northern Thailand all the way to the islands and just explored a bunch. Going as a white woman was a really interesting experience because American women are idolized there, and they’re usually just seen as like sexual entities.
What was that like? It was very strange for it to be culturally acceptable to openly stare at me. It was a wakeup call seeing how differently women are treated there. Regardless if I was with a man or not, it was openly okay to stare at western women you don’t know, which is really interesting.
Sierra gravitates towards flowy silhouettes, like this printed top, because they are the most comfortable to her.
Did you notice any differences in style when you were in Thailand? Well I think because it’s a third world country, fashion isn’t really a priority, so the main focuses are comfortability and durability. You would see a lot of western women on the beach wearing a lot of Free People or Urban Outfitters or stuff that’s really trendy and Instagram-worthy.
Words and Photos by Brooke Harman, @brooke_harman