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
Name: Hailey D.
Major: Business with a concentration in finance
Hometown: Santa Barbara, California
She found her dress at a booth in London’s Camden neighborhood. She has loved Vincent van Gogh since her second grade class painted their version of “The Starry Night.”
What developed your interest in business? I don’t know if I really like it, but I guess it applies to everything. I really want to manage a music venue, so it applies to that .
Were there music venues growing up that stick out to you? My parents just moved to London, so I spent six weeks there last summer. There’s this venue by our house called the Roundhouse. It’s this really crazy venue, and on the outside, it says “Electrifying,” like “the Most Electrifying Experience.” I’ve never been to a concert there, but my parents went and said it’s amazing. I’ve always wanted to go back, and then I went to a bunch of small gigs and got really into music over the summer.
Is there a band that stuck out who you saw? Glass Animals. I got a little preview session before their album came out. They didn’t play. They just played a recording of the album, and then they answered questions. That was really cool.
She sports a trendy Herschel backpack.
What would you want to have in a music venue you managed? I went to this really cool chapel over spring break. I went back to visit my parents, and this chapel had been turned into a music venue. I really like the stained glass and the big windows. I like that aspect, but I also like a community feel. I want it to be personal. I don’t want it to be impersonal and a huge mosh pit orgy. I want it to be a mosh pit orgy that’s personal.
How would you describe your personal style? I have no idea. I just really like dresses and really eccentric patterns. I guess I get to graduate and start to be somebody new. So I’m trying to move towards something more personal.
How do you think your style will change when you graduate? I think I’ll try to be more clean cut if I’m in a professional space, but I love sneakers and Vans.
She found her Dr. Martens brand new on the university’s Free and For Sale Facebook page.
Do you have any style icons? I’ve always wanted to dress like Effy Stonem from “Skins,” but I’ve never known how to dress like her. So I thought, “I’m just going to go do my own thing.”
Are you attracted to British fashion and culture? I just really like a European lifestyle. Everything is more minimal. You go to the grocery store and everything is small, and you can get small bags of flour. But then they care about what they look like outside. Not in a superficial way, but in a presentable way.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Hopefully not in the U.S. I’d love to become fluent in Spanish. None of my life goals align, but that’s just where I’m at.
Her mother knitted her cozy sweater, and her elephant necklace was a birthday gift.
Are you nervous to be graduating or excited for what’s ahead? Both.
Does the warmer weather affect your style? Yes. I love, love, love dresses. So I have another van Gogh dress actually from the same place. It’s blue also, but has white flowers, and it’s teal. I wear a lot of dresses when it gets warm.
Do you think you have been influenced by Oregon style? I think so a bit. I have this sweater that my mom made me, and it’s just huge and feels like a blanket when I’m wearing it. It’s sloppy, but I still think it’s cute. I kind of look like a bag. Someone told me I should go in a freezer today, and I said, “I’m full of my mom’s love.”
As you are so far from your parents, does wearing the clothes your mom made make you feel comfortable? Well, I don’t care about being that far away from them necessarily, but she’s just good at knitting. So it’s fun to watch what she can make. She made this [sweater] a long time ago when she was still figuring out how to knit better, and she now makes really amazing things. I have this bright red scarf that she made me that’s really long and fun to wrap around a bunch of times.
Words and photos by Hannah Steinkopf-Frank, @HSteinkopfFrank
Name: Haley E.
Hometown: Laguna Beach, California