Androgyny: More than just Blazers and Boyfriend Jeans

The fashion industry has made immense progress towards acceptance of all individuals’ clothing preferences. Whether it’s clashing, eccentric accessories or wild patterns, people are beginning to find appreciation in styles all across the board. One thing fashion has yet to fully embrace, though, is the blurring of gender lines. The term “borrowed from the boys” is strictly assigned to women’s tailored blazers, blouses and flannels. While men rarely get the option to borrow essentials from women. Boyfriend jeans are simply a looser fit of denim, and skinny jeans for men are often frowned upon. Those who are simply looking for ungendered clothing have to search far and wide for these styles. While fashion has become more inclusive, a man wearing a dress or a woman in a suit still draws unnecessary attention because of the binaries that have held on tight to the clothes we wear.

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“I think that it’s weird that it’s okay for women to wear men’s clothes in this way when you can still be feminine or have authority, but I feel the other way around is seen as odd,” Align editor Hannah Steinkopf-Frank says. Multiple students at UO, such as Hannah, have experimented, strayed, and revamped their styles.

Most retail stores seem to have an invisible wall that separates the men’s from the women’s sections. There is somewhat of an unspoken rule of staying where your assigned gender is labeled.

Her friend Maxine’s style is self-proclaimed “prep school dropout with some street wear,” and Hannah Steinkopf-Frank, describes hers as “a teacher on sabbatical” (“probably middle school or high school”). Maxine appreciates how eclectic Hannah’s style is, and Hannah is confident she would know exactly what Maxine would and wouldn’t wear, and finds her style to be strongly defined. The two both find the idea of gendered clothing contradictory and pointless.

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But these societal boundaries rarely stop them from expressing themselves. “I shop in every section of the store except for little girls, because I can’t fit into that,” says Maxine. “I’ll try things on regardless of how they’re labeled and if I think that they’ll fit and I’ll like how they look.”

Align photo editor Miranda Sarah Einy describes her style as “tinges of masculinity and femininity combined into one.” Watches and accessories keep her detail-oriented mind at ease. Her friend Jeff Knight, a cinema studies junior, can put his style into three words: florals, reds and sweaters. But they too see complications in how style is gendered.

“I always hate it, because I feel like male’s selection of clothes is always very limiting,” says Jeff. “It get’s obnoxious when every cute thing in the store is for a girl.”

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Miranda on the other side wishes men’s wear could be cut for women too. Her mom’s trend of shopping in both departments inspired Miranda to follow suit.

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As for the future of the fashion, she is hoping to see wider variety in all styles. “I want to see a massive revolution in the representation in the fashion industry. I think it’s time that we represent the all, instead of the few.”

 

O’Keeffe and Originality

I have to be honest. The Georgia O’Keeffe exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum bothered me at first. The show was dedicated to O’Keeffe’s style and her tendency to go against clothing norms expected of women in the 1920s and ’30s. Although O’Keeffe never explicitly stated her feelings towards feminism, she serves as an artistic and feminist American icon for many.

In each photo, her face was lined with years of tested confidence and constant disapproval from men and women alike. But Georgia O’Keeffe had a knowing smile in over half, almost as if she knew that their petty comments meant nothing. She was ahead of her time, knowing that men were not better artists and that women’s talents deserved to be heard. That bothered me. It made it look easy; as if it wasn’t a hard battle and one day you could just simply decide to be unaffected by criticism and self-consciousness.

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It wasn’t just her thinking about art and equality that proved to be advanced. Her style and the way she dressed served as an example of androgyny, a little known concept at that time. She perfected the style of “borrowed from the boys” long before 21st century bloggers and influencers adopted it. The way she wore clothes reminded me of a lesson that I’m still learning, and women that I look up to have mastered: dress for yourself. It’s a challenging feat, especially with the inability to avoid social media and the oftentimes irrepressible feeling of insecurity.

It nearly felt voyeuristic, in the friendliest sense of the word, as the viewers wandered around the mazes of coats, paintings and videos. Despite my envy for her seemingly natural carefree attitude, I felt oddly connected to her. It was like we were friends going through her clothes and sifting through work in her studio. Depending on where she lived, her style would develop subtle hints of her location. In New York City, she’d wear clean-cut lines and tailored suits. When she moved to New Mexico, hats, leather belts and gauzy scarves integrated themselves into her wardrobe.

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Her black coats, white blouses and denim shirts reflected the items hanging in my own closet. And the lack of color, save for a few dresses, made me feel comfortable with my own choice to keep any saturated hues from touching my hangers.

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But it wasn’t until after the exhibit with some research, I found the truth behind the curation. The beliefs and strength shown by O’Keeffe were a work in progress, something that was seldom displayed by the museum. She suffered through a mental breakdown in 1932, was cheated on by her husband Alfred Stieglitz and experienced grief after his death in 1946. She eventually started losing her eyesight to macular degeneration in 1972, making her main passion nearly impossible to do (although she was able to work past this thanks to the help of several assistants.)

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This idea of putting on a front or presented a heavily edited life is nearly identical to what we all do on social media. Even those who claim they are being wholly themselves still have to make choices on which photos they decide to post. The exhibit touched a bit on O’Keeffe’s personal life, but for the most part highlighted her successes and how she dressed. We all seem to be focusing on how we want others to perceive us, rather than focusing on who we are.

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We all struggle, even those who we admire. We also have a hard time remembering this. We wouldn’t be able to accomplish what we wanted if we didn’t first fight. Wear those insane pants, open your own business, work for that dream job. Your opinion of yourself is the only one that matters anyways. O’Keeffe was living proof that your struggles are part of your successes and realizations in life, and she was able to do that all in style.

“If you work hard, you can achieve almost anything.” –Georgia O’Keeffe

Words and Photos by Melissa Epifano, @melissaepifano

CLOSET CULTURE: Kate G.

Name: Kate G.

Major: Political Science

Hometown: Salem, Oregon

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How does your fashion sense relate to your lifestyle? I think my lifestyle is pretty adventurous, and my room is eclectic, so I feel like that’s how I dress most of the time.

Who is the biggest influence on your style? Is it bad if I just say Wes Anderson? I really like the aesthetic of his films, and I try to model my room off of that, so I feel like it kind of influences the way that I dress, like color palettes and all.

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What are your closet staples? I highly value comfort and my Patagonia.

If you could choose any food to represent your style, what would you pick? Ooh… Street tacos. The colors, the flavors: I think they all kind of go with my style. I also really want tacos right now, so that’s where I’m at…

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What inspired the décor of vintage national park cards? I always try to bring back pieces of where I’ve been like maps and postcards so I can look at them and be reminded of the good memories there. I think that the national park movement is pretty inspirational. I’d really like to visit more of them.

IMG_2497What has been a favorite adventure? That’s a tough question. I think one of the greatest adventures was going to Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands in Washington. It’s very laid back and diverse. I feel like it’s a time capsule from “Moonrise Kingdom,” yet still modern. It’s such an awesome place, and I’d highly recommend visiting.

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What inspired the outfit you’re wearing now? Well, I’m studying. It’s comfortable, but also kind of cute, so yay!

What artist would best represent your fashion sense? Lord Huron.

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Words and Photos by: Lindsey Epifano, @lindseyepifano

Maddie P.

Name: Maddie P.

Major: Undeclared

Year: Freshman

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

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Are there any areas that you’re interested in studying? A big passion of mine is traveling, so any area of study that involves culture and language would definitely be something I would be interested in. I’m also really into music and film and would love to explore those more too.

What are your favorite places to shop for clothes and accessories? I get most of my clothes from PacSun, H&M and Topshop. I like Topshop jeans. I am also a pretty big fan of the Brandy Melville aesthetic because it’s simple but looks really good. They all have a sort of careless and simplistic vibe to their style. They’re both minimalistic and edgy, two words I would definitely use to describe my style.

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What is your favorite part of your outfit? I would say the jacket. And I love rings. I never take them off. I take every other piece of jewelry off, but I always keep my rings on. I used to do Irish dance and got these rings at dance competitions. They have a Celtic influence.maddiep_dressedupducks20170205_04_1Maddie wears suede Nike sneakers.

What are the biggest influences on your style? I take a lot of inspiration from people I see who stand out. I feel like a lot of people wear the same things. At least in college, everyone pretty much wears workout gear constantly. When someone isn’t, I notice them. I definitely gravitate towards pieces that catch my eye and that fit my style, but at the same time are out of my comfort zone. I typically look for a lot of denim, ringer tees, flannels and anything that has that vintage feel to it.

maddiep_dressedupducks20170205_03_1She loves the Celtic influence of her rings because they remind her of her Irish dancing days.

Has living in Eugene and going to UO influenced your style at all?I would say so because a lot of people here wear similar things. It’s kind of a hipster town. I would say a lot more people here wear things that are kind of out there.

maddiep_dressedupducks20170205_05_1Maddie found her silver hoops on Amazon.

How would you describe your personal style in general? I don’t even know how to describe it, but I would say my typical outfit is black ripped jeans, sneakers, a ringer tee and a flannel or denim jacket.

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Words and photos by Katy Larson, @_katylarson.

Lemons and plastic bags: UO art students wax nostalgia in new exhibit

It’s amazing what stories the objects that surround us carry with them. Some things like letters and photographs have meanings that are simple to grasp and understand. Others like subway ticket stubs floating around a desk or a rock perched on a window sill are arbitrary, yet powerful reminders of the past.

UO art students Rachel Lemme and  Will Hart’s recent exhibit “Save for Later” at the LaVerne Krause Gallery is a nod to those everyday objects that pack more emotional punch than one would think. While the meaning isn’t blatantly stated, viewing the collection reminds one of their own long lost memories, people and places.

The exhibit is open until Feb. 23, and there is a reception on the closing night. Dressed Up Ducks Managing Editor Melissa Epifano interviewed Rachel about “Save for Later” and Lindsey Epifano photographed.

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How did you get the opportunity to show your work at the LaVerne Krause Gallery?
Rachel: 
You just have to apply on the LVK Gallery. There’s an application online, and usually it’s not undergrads who do it. It tends to be BFAs and grad students, so it can be really hard to get a show.

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What is the meaning or inspiration behind “Save for Later?”
Rachel:
Basically, the whole idea with the lemons is a person in my past used to call me Lemon and that was my nickname. And I kind of went through a lot of stuff, so using lemons as the subject was kind of like a self portrait of my past.  I was translating things through the “Thank You” bags as my way of dealing with stuff. But it’s mainly for the viewer to interpret, because it’s pretty obscure. And not everyone is going to understand the meaning behind it, which is what I wanted because it’s mainly a self portrait for me to dig deep into myself.

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While everyone does interpret art differently, is there something you still want the viewer to get from it no matter what?
Rachel: 
No, not really. I’ve gotten a lot of interpretations already about it. A lot of people have been pretty spot on about it, and a lot of it has been about waiting. We went with my class to go look at it, and my professor was like, “It looks like you’re pining,” which I learned today means you’re waiting for something.  I kind of like that interpretation and the whole vibe of it and the quietness of me waiting for something to happen or waiting around for somebody or something.

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Why did you choose the mediums that you did: the embroidery hoops, photographs and screen prints?
Rachel: 
Photography is something I’ve connected with for a long time. It’s not my focus in school – fibers and screen printing are – so it’s nice to have something that’s familiar and comfortable, and I’m not focused on it in a school sense. The embroidery hoop has meaning to my past and memories specific to the show and a specific person. The screen printing is just something I work with, so I wanted to incorporate it in a way. And the medium is a plastic material, not really a textile or fabric. I wanted to tie that in with the bags.

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What about the location of the photographs? Did that have a certain meaning to you?
Rachel: Yeah. The ones with the sand and snow are in Newport, Oregon, so there’s definitely a specific meaning to it, and I feel like people can get the idea that it’s pretty sentimental in that kind of way. I took a drive out there for reasons, and it gave me time to process and think. It was my way of dealing with certain stuff, and the process of taking pictures of the bag was very meditative because I spent the whole day at the coast. And the way that the bag interacted with everything was really interesting and made me think a lot, which is so weird because it’s a plastic bag.

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How is your work and Will’s work connected in the exhibit?
Rachel: They are obviously very different. They have different meanings, but both are referencing things from our past in different ways. I feel like with the title “Save for Later.” It’s like what are you saving for later? Or what are you dealing with now? And for me, it’s a past situation or person or memory that I’ve saved for later, and now it’s later. And that’s how his work is too. A lot of it is based on memories.

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What does art do for you personally?
Rachel: 
I feel like it’s a way for me to get out a lot of what I’m feeling with different situations, and this is how I can deal with it without talking about it or keeping it internalized. I really want to do it professionally too, but I don’t want to just be a fine artist. I want to create for other companies and get my voice out that way too.

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Which other artists inspire you?
Rachel: There are a lot, but right now Samantha Bittman is one I’m really interested in. She’s a textile designer and fine artist, but she does a lot of graphic weaving. It’s kind of where I’m trying to go with my work. A lot of textile artists and screen printers really inspire me, but not really for this show. This show was more focused on my memories and not so much inspiration from other people.

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How do you want people to remember or recognize you and your art?
Rachel: That’s a really good question, and that’s something I’m really trying to hone in on this year: What I want my art to mean. I want all of my projects to be connected. I want to be known for screen printing and working with different shapes and mediums. And I guess nostalgia. It’s kind of what I’ve been working with this past year, especially in this show there is a lot of nostalgia in different senses.

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Words by Melissa Epifano, @melissaepifano

Photos by Lindsey Epifano, @lindseyepifano

Love and fashion are in the air

We typically think of our style being influenced by Hollywood A-listers, the shows at New York Fashion Week and editorial photos on Pinterest and in magazines. It may come as a surprise, though, how those we love most and are closest to affect the way we dress in ways both subtle and bold. Whether it’s picking out new shoes for each other or stealing the worn out T-shirt that smells like them from their closet, friends, family and significant others inspire us to be ourselves and open our eyes to clothing combos we would have never thought of on our own. This Valentine’s Day we interviewed pairs that complement each other in more ways than one.

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What was your honest first impression of each other?

Eric: I thought she was really young to be hanging out at my house. She was hanging out with my roommate and she looked really young to me. I had just gotten back from the bars, so I was really drunk, and they were hanging out and I was like, “Wow, that’s interesting.” But that was my first impression. I was really drunk, so there wasn’t a lot of thinking going on.

Jocelyn: I thought he was cute and a little weird. I think he was just as confused by my presence as I was by his. He was also loud. The idea that we would ever end up dating for a year and half now never crossed my mind.

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How would you describe each other’s style?

Jocelyn: I think you’re very stylish, and you’re very cool too. It’s probably because you’re from Portland and you have like a different level of style than I ever did when I was coming from my hometown.

Eric: Not clean, but very…

Jocelyn: I’ve been through a lot of style phases.

Eric: It’s kind of all over the place. It’s just very eclectic, a collection of whatever she likes. And there’s definitely a thrift-y look. It looks like it’s a patchwork outfit, but her outfits definitely come together a lot better than that.

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Jocelyn: He makes me want to be so much cooler. If it was really just up to me, I don’t know how hard I would try at all.

Eric: I don’t know about her influencing my style as much as I’ve influenced her style. I love shopping a lot, and I love picking out clothes for her, so I don’t know, it definitely feels like maybe it’s a one way thing. I love shopping, so if I see something that’s cute, she usually likes it, and it works out pretty well.

Jocelyn: I trust him.

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What was your honest first impression of each other?

Katherine: Honest first impression… I was like, “She’s too cool for me.” She had these fun glasses and I was just like… “I don’t think that I am at that level.”

Jessica: I think we both don’t really remember when we first met, but now that we live together, it’s all mushy and it’s all just a blur. I definitely do remember just thinking, “Oh, Katherine definitely has her life together. She’s always coming and going. She’s always in a good mood.” And she’s a great storyteller.

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What does a get-together look like for the two of you?

Jessica: So, in the sorority house there’s a lot of us, and most of us are always coming and going, so we’re always meeting up in the kitchen. Not meeting up, but having to cross paths. And that’s when Katherine and I feel we are most together because everyone’s always sharing stories in the kitchen all the time. That’s where we thrive.

Katherine: Yeah, unless it’s midterms or finals and you really need to go to the library, the kitchen at night is the quiet space to do homework. A few nights ago, Jess and I were both working on video projects in the kitchen, and just every few minutes both of us would be like, “Ugh! I hate this!” or “Oh, this is so fun!” So the kitchen is a little quiet space during the night.

Jessica: But it’s also a center of the hustle and bustle of everyone’s lives.

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Have each of your individual styles influenced each other?

Jessica: I think they’re starting to. Because I’m starting to get a grasp of her style, and I’m getting jealous of it, so I’m probably gonna start looking into the flowy pants.

Katherine: Last night, your style definitely influenced me! I wanted to wear my hair up because I was going to be warm when we get to the little party that we went to, but I put little pieces down in front of my face ,and I thought, “Oh, I’m Jess.” And then sometimes I’ll do like leggings and a chunky sweater and try to pull off the Jess look.

Jessica: It’s just pure comfort. That’s why I love it so much!

Katherine: So I think you’re influencing me, and we’re getting more and more…

Jessica: The perfect word is fun. Honestly, having this interview makes me realize how much style makes me feel, like how other people’s style makes me feel emotionally and mentally inside. Her style makes me feel good. It’s just like, a good style.

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What was your honest first impression of each other?

Miranda: Jamie and I met at our friend’s Bat Mitzvah party that she had in college. And when we got to talking, we were just in the right place at the right time. My first impression of her was “Wow this girl has so many different interests that I relate to and she’s so fascinating in that way” because I just felt Jamie hit all the right points that I care about in a first conversation. So after that, I was very interested and happy about the conversation that we had. And I kind of felt that she was into film in a weird way because we talked about Rooney Mara and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” which is so important to me. I knew she was a cool person.

Jamie: I have a different perspective. So we had a lot of mutual friends, and one of my good friends back in the day really didn’t like Miranda. I had never actually met Miranda, so I thought “Miranda probably sucks. I won’t like her at all.”  At this Bat Mitzvah as soon as I started talking to her, I realized my friend was so wrong. We literally talked all night. I didn’t want to stop talking to her. After that, I knew. It was just an immediate thing. I don’t know how to describe it. The conversation kept going, and I never wanted it to stop and eight months later, it hasn’t stopped. 

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How would you describe each other’s styles?

Miranda: So I have a perfect description of Jamie’s style. And it is Parisian, minimalistic chic. Jamie loves just doing neutral colors, and she loves stripes and her little denim jacket, and she just looks very chic and fashion forward. I like it.

Jamie: Miranda’s very cool. It’s not super feminine, but it’s not super masculine either. It’s kind of in-between, and she wears a lot more color than I do. She likes color a lot and jewelry. She’s a lot more daring with her style, I would say.

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What item  of clothing symbolizes them for you?

Miranda: In our first two months of dating each other, I went to Canada and Israel. And then immediately after that, Jamie was studying abroad for four months in France. So we did a lot of long distance in the beginning of our relationship. I wear a Hamsa opal necklace from Israel every single day, and I’ve done it since the beginning of high school. When I went to Israel, I knew I wanted to bring something back that was similar and would kind of keep us connected and tie us together. So I knew Israel had different opal shapes because I didn’t want to enforce spirituality, like a Hamsa, on my girlfriend, but I wanted something sacred between the two of us, so I got her the same exact stone, but in a heart shape. I brought it back from Israel and before she left to France, I gave it to her. We’ve been wearing it together ever since. But other than things I’ve given her, her denim jacket is so her. She loves stripes. That’s just very her style.

Jamie: For her, it’s probably the necklace too. I think that’s the first thing I think because of the connection and everything. But besides that, this is big too, her denim jacket because it has a bunch of meaning to her. And her backwards hats. She has so many backwards hats.

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What was your honest first impression of each other?

Colleen: I knew Katy’s cousin before I knew her, and my mom was like, “Oh! That’s Emily Rose’s cousin,” and she was pointing you out to me, and I was like, “Cool.” And then our moms forced us to be friends, in a good way though.

Katy: Honestly that’s how it went down. Very long ago.

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How would you describe each other’s style?

Colleen: We are complete opposites.

Katy: Colleen is so much more preppy and loves Tory Burch, Kate Spade, Lily Pulitzer and stuff like that.

Colleen: Katy wears a lot of denim jackets and band T-shirts.

Katy: Band T-shirts are a big part of my wardrobe. Yeah you wear a lot of UGGs.

Colleen: I do…I wear a lot of UGGs. Katy wears her Dr. Martens.

Katy: I do wear my Docs a lot.

Colleen: Which I don’t do. We’re very opposite but can appreciate each other’s style. I like that outfit, and I would never wear it, but it’s perfect for you.

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Has each of your individual styles influenced each other?

Colleen: I think so.

Katy: Yes, definitely.

Colleen: I think I’ve worn some things that I probably wouldn’t have because of Katy.

Katy: I think for me, it was more along the lines of accessories. She’s made me look at Kate Spade wallets, and I did do that because of her.

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What was your honest first impression of each other?

Jake: Well we met on Tinder, which is really funny. In person, meeting was pretty cool because we met right in front of Jaqua, and she took me to a slam poetry competition. That was super cool, and I was just blown away.

Francesca: I remember getting lost because I couldn’t find his dorm, and then I was walking, and I crossed the street, and I saw him leaning against the light. He had this outfit with his Chelseas on, and I thought, “No way.”

Jake: And I was just excited to see what you were wearing. I think you were wearing those shoes. But it was pretty cool. I hadn’t seen her, and I got to talk to her a lot on Tinder, and I thought, “She is just as funny in person.”

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Do you have pet peeves about each other’s style?

Jake: I don’t know. I really dig your style, and I always have.

Francesca: When you put on the Jim Morrison pants.

Jake: Skinny leather.

Francesca: I hated that.

Jake: I took a pair of her leather jeggings because she used to have them, and I said, “I need those.”

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What item of clothing symbolizes the other one?

Jake: It’s that jacket because you wore that on our first date and then to the Eugene Country Fair, and you let me wear it all the time. To the Fair, it was a Mac DeMarco outfit. We were going for the hippy vibes, so she let me borrow the jacket. It’s definitely that jacket or the flannel.

Francesca: Mine is the Led Zeppelin T-shirt that you sent to me. I moved to Pittsburgh, and I was really really homesick and just not doing well there. I have family out there. And I came home from a really horrible day, and there was a package on my front door, and it had a bunch of stuff from him. It had letters, three shirts, some candy. It was just what I needed.

Hannah S. F. and Frannie M.
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What was your honest first impression of each other?

Frannie: Well I remember you because you were eating lunch with Adam, my boyfriend, the first day of college. I think I noticed your glasses first because they’re very distinctive. I thought, “Oh she looks cool. She’s probably from Portland.” I was generally annoyed because it was Adam and like 15 girls sitting at the same table. But you seemed cool. They other ones, they were all basic.

Hannah: I remember thinking you were really cool. I remember because you were blonde, I thought, “Oh this girl she’s a freshman, and she lives off campus. She’s blonde. There’s something to that.”

Frannie: What does being blonde have to do with that?

Hannah: I don’t know man. I just knew there had to be more to you.

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How would you describe each other’s style?

Frannie: You’re like the total opposite of me. We’ve actually had this conversation where I’ve heard you say that you don’t care about being uncomfortable as long as you feel you look good, whereas I’m so the opposite. You just don’t really care, and you wear whatever you want, and I respect that I guess. You always look different every single day. I can’t describe your style for one time because it’s different all the time.

Hannah: You’re style is always so centered on the work that you’re going to do. Not in a bad way, but you fit in with your environment in a way that I think makes people comfortable and just looks very natural. But at the same time, there’s always an element of looking put together and looking like yourself even if you’re fitting in with an environment. Also, if I saw something at a store, I’d know if you’d wear it or not. You have that sort of style.

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What article of clothing symbolizes the other person?

Frannie: I don’t know man. It’s your glasses I think. That was the first thing I noticed about you, and they’re just so different. You have other glasses that you wear more now, but I think the red glasses are always going to be what sticks in my mind when I think about Hannah. That was the first thing that I noticed about you the first time I saw you. They just look good on you. Someone sees you wearing the glasses and they automatically know what kind of person you are.

Hannah: I would say for you, the item of clothing that symbolises you the most is your Birkenstocks, but I would say it’s your white pair. Because I think that’s sort of your style. It’s something you would expect, but there’s some element that’s a little unexpected that makes it interesting.

Frannie: My seven pairs of Birkenstocks.

Kendra S. and Dagny D.
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What was your honest first impression of each other?

Kendra: We remember when we first saw each other, right before we met. Because I remember Dagny wearing these amazing, flattering bell-bottom jeans and this burnt orange sweater, and she just looked so cool. And I didn’t even work up talking to her for a few weeks!

Dagny: Yeah and I had seen Kendra, and she still had her blue hair, so I was thinking, “That is the coolest girl I’ve ever seen in my life.” So yeah, then we were buds.

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How would you describe each other’s style?

Dagny: Kendra is cool; Kendra is just so cool. Every article of clothing she has is just good and cool. I don’t know how to describe…you look like a Portlander, but better. It’s not like someone looks at you and says, “Ew, it’s a Portlander,” like you just look classy.

Kendra: Dagny really communicates personality with her clothes. *Dagny laughs*. She has the best collection of fun band T-shirts and dad T-shirts, but she is also hot, so it really works. Because when you can be hot with that, it’s like a hot dad and no one doesn’t like that, you know?

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Is there a style phase that each of you went through that you regret?

Dagny: Well I feel like middle school is just bad for everybody. I just wore a lot of colored jeans that I wish I hadn’t had worn. And I shaved the sides of my head. which I also wish I hadn’t done.

Kendra: I definitely spent all of my money at Wet Seal, which is pretty bad, and I remember distinctly I bought a shirt that said “Lean like a Churro,” and I didn’t get what it was saying. I wore it out and wore it to school for my free dress days, and no one called me out on it. I liked pairing things with basketball shorts from Fred Meyer. That’s generally what I did.

Photos: @HSteinkopfFrank and @mirandwa

Words: @melissaepifano

Kira S.

Name: Kira S.

Year: Senior

Major: Business

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

IMG_7923Kira styles a flowy top from Janelle James Boutique with some Topshop denim for a trendy look.

How would you describe your personal style? I would say my personal style is casual chic.  I love classic looks and anything leather!

IMG_7933Kira has perfected the art of the “tuck-in,” a super trendy way to style blouses.

Do you have any personal style icons you look up to? I really love the style blog “We Wore What” by Danielle.  I follow her Instagram and her snapchat where she posts different outfits each day.  She has an incredible wardrobe!  I also really love Pau Dictado who is a fashion blogger based in LA.  She is a street style fast fashion girl.  Totally different from Danielle’s high fashion.  I love getting inspiration from both areas of fashion to create my own style!

IMG_7938 Her boho-inspired choker is from Forever21.

What inspires your outfits each day? It usually depends on what I’m doing that day.  I definitely feel better if I am wearing a put together outfit.  I try to use my style as a way to project what I’m going to accomplish and how I want people to perceive me.  So, if I have a test I will try to wear an outfit that makes me feel powerful and confident.

IMG_7931Her Michael Kors bag is a statement piece that pulls everything together.

If you could change the fashion industry in any way how would you do it? I wouldn’t change anything.  I am really excited to hear about the changes in policies regarding models weight and health.  I also love that Instagram has become a great platform for people to express their interest in fashion.

IMG_7930Kira’s sweet ankle strap heels are from ALDO.

Do you have a piece of clothing or accessory that you treasure or love the most? I am obsessed with shoes!  Black booties are my favorite shoes to rock, I have about 10 different pairs for different occasions.  I always feel more confident when I’m wearing a good pair of shoes.

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Photos and words by Melissa Epifano, @melissaepifano