You can't talk about personal style without getting personal.

Get to know these ladies' style stories!


KELSEY

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How do you describe your current personal style? Who has influenced you the most in your clothing choices?

Well, I’m definitely a girly girl. If it's pink and has some sparkles on it, I’m all over it! I love soft colors and soft materials. I love clothing items that flow. I’m a dancer, so something about the way clothes move is so aesthetically pleasing to me! I love bows, polka dots, lace trim, and pearls! And I love dresses. I like to add some creativity to my daily outfits. I usually never shop with an exact purpose (which I wouldn’t recommend because it can take forever) so I usually end up with different pieces that I like. In the morning when I’m getting ready, I just throw things together. I love that feeling of putting an outfit together with the things already in my closet because it’s like painting a picture!

I would say that my mom has had such a huge influence on my clothing choices. She’s so naturally beautiful and just so classic. I used to shop with my mom a lot growing up, and she was always there with an honest, yet encouraging opinion about the things I tried on. What I love about my mom’s style is that she wears so many different types of outfits and doesn’t just have to fit into one box. She will totally buy the shoes first before she has an outfit to match and I love that!

What are one or two items that are hardest for you to shop for, and why do you think that?

The absolute hardest thing for me to shop for is boots. I’m just going to be real - I have really muscular calves and trying to shove them into boots is probably one of the most frustrating experiences. I can almost never find ones that will fit not only my calves, but a layer of denim as well. For a while, my muscular legs were probably the biggest insecurity I had. I just wanted skinny little legs that would fit into boots and into jeans. But after hating my legs for so long, I had to take a very realistic inventory. I couldn’t take back all the years that I danced, and I wouldn’t want to! I also couldn’t change my genetics. Both of my parents have muscular calves. I was destined for it. These legs are staying with me, so it’s just time to get more creative in the search for boots!

What is your favorite personal feature and how do you ‘play it up’ in expressing your personal style?

Ok, I really love my hair color. I’ve never dyed it and it’s all natural! I’ve had numerous hairstylist tell me to never dye it because they could never achieve the color through hair dye. So, I really like to do things with my hair! Little braids and twists are my specialty, and I’m notorious for just chopping it off. I love what short hair does for a young woman! It has really increased my confidence because short hair isn’t the most popular way to wear your hair these days. For me, it was like taking away a security blanket, but I was thrilled with the results! I feel like it really highlights and draws attention to where I want people to look when I walk into a room: my face!


SOY

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How do you describe your current personal style? Who has influenced you the most in your clothing choices?

Currently - minimalist. I love pairing a simple shirt with some high waisted shorts and putting on some simple earrings and along necklace. I think that keeping it simple really lets your natural beauty shine through. In high school and the start of college, I was more experimental with my style and loved going to thrift stores, mixing and matching whatever I had. I think my style has become more refined as I’ve gotten older, and I prefer simple and clean outfits that help make me look age-appropriate, but at heart I’m an eclectic.

Hands down, Audrey Hepburn has been and always will be a huge influence for style and overall attitude. She was such a classic beauty-she never showed too much skin, and she was always demure and influential through her character. I aim to meet those qualities. "Be beautiful without revealing too much, and let your value shine through your presentation and character."

What are one or two items that are hardest for you to shop for, and why do you think that?

Jeans- It’s almost impossible to find jeans that fit my hips, thighs, and height! The inseam is just impossible for me. I am so grateful that I know how to sew, or my jeans would be dragging on the floor. Maxi dresses and skirts are also impossible. The material that they’re usually made out of is too thin for me to hem myself, so I only have two maxi skirts that I have to wear around my waist!

What is your favorite personal feature and how do you ‘play it up’ in expressing your personal style?

I like playing up my small waist. I have slightly bigger hips than most girls my height, so I love wearing things with defined waists. I also really like my cheekbones. I used to be really self-conscious about my face because I thought I looked like a boy (strangers on the street thought I was a boy when I was a baby). But I started receiving compliments and I realized that my prominent cheekbones are part of what make me unique - I have a beauty that’s my own, and I love it. So I've been learning to apply bronzer to make my face even more defined and glowy! I also love my short hair. I find that a lot of girls my age are too attached to their hair, literally! I shave bits and pieces here and there, and I love to use pomade to give it some texture. It’s so freeing to just chop it all off and go for a brand new look.


LINDSEY

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How do you describe your current personal style? Who has influenced you the most in your clothing choices?

My personal style is on average: very simple but put-together. I am not a big fan of jewelry, fancy shoes or purses. I like making my face and my personality the star of my outfit. For the most part, I like dressing in comfy clothes. My go-to outfit can be described as leggings and an oversized shirt. Maybe a jacket if it gets a little chilly. I think Pinterest has the most influence on my specific outfits nowadays, however my style has been gathered from influences like my mom, my friends and styles I see around me.

What are one or two items that are hardest for you to shop for, and why do you think that?

I have the hardest time shopping for shirts and jewelry. I have a small torso, decent sized bust and a little bit of a tummy. Most of the shirts in the stores today are not very flattering on women with a little tummy. I usually go for the oversized spandex, polyester blend shirts or something sheer with a tank top underneath to hide the little area. Jewelry on the other hand is just hard, because I feel as though it takes away from my face rather than enhances it. My best friend can wear almost any kind of jewelry, and all i see is her lovely face with a pretty necklace & earrings. If I put on the same jewelry, I feel like a walking mannequin for a jewelry set.

What is your favorite personal feature and how do you ‘play it up’ in expressing your personal style?

My favorite feature would have to be my hair. I always try to have my hair done. For me, the hair makes the outfit. If my hair matches the way I feel that day, there is an absolute contentment in the way I feel about myself. I have naturally wild and curly hair. It can sometimes stick out in weird places and frame my face in an unflattering way. But when those good hair days come to pass, I feel like I’m ready for a photo shoot.


AMANDA

How do you describe your current personal style? Who has influenced you the most in your clothing choices?

My style is very comfortable and fun. When trying to determine whether or not I should get something from a store, I always say, “Do I feel like I could spend the whole day in this?” That usually determines if I’ll wear it later. I love being able to go about my day, whether it be a lazy t-shirt day or a summer dress day, not worrying if it’ll stay up or if my insecure body areas are showing too much. I couldn’t say exactly what my style is, because every day calls for a different look. I like being versatile! One day I’ll want to wear my athletic shorts and a fun t-shirt from a club; one day I’ll want to be business professional and wear a pencil skirt and blouse; or one day I’ll just rock jean shorts and a cute flowy tank-top.

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The person that inspired me the most was my mother. My mom used to work at Ann Taylor and she would bring me clothes from the sale rack and let me wear her new stuff. I just loved the feeling of looking older in nicer clothing and now I continue to enjoy the more professional attire.

What are one or two items that are hardest for you to shop for, and why do you think that?

Jeans and shoes. Both of these have to do with my height. The problem with jeans (or any kind of pants for that matter) are that when they fit my womanly hips, they don’t reach my ankles, but when they’re finally long enough, I would definitely need a belt. It’s such a struggle! The easiest way to deal with this problem is to look long enough and find a brand that actually works for me. I found my favorite jeans that I currently own at Kohl’s 4 years ago, and I still always choose them first. Shoes are a similar problem because the height causes me to have larger feet and I also have wide feet. Depending on the brand and structure of the shoe, I can be a 9 ½ or a 10 or a 10 ½ or an 11, which makes shoe shopping a true task. Once again, the only way to go about this problem is to search for stores that sell what you need. Payless is usually where I get my shoes because not only is it cheap, but it has the largest 10+ shoe section that I’ve ever seen in any other store. Even though both of these items were hard for me to find, after getting a system down it’s now much easier and less frustrating shopping for them.

What is your favorite personal feature and how do you ‘play it up’ in expressing your personal style?

My favorite personal feature about myself is my long legs. Since I’m quite tall for a girl (5ft 10in to be exact) I had to learn to love them early on! As a volleyball player, my legs were always very toned and athletic, which I prided myself on because not only did they look great, but also they could do the work when it was game time. In order to play them up in expressing my personal style, I love to show them off (in moderation, of course)! Wearing dresses and skirts are always fun because the bright patterns and colors enhance my legs; when I get the chance to wear heels, I always love it. I also make sure to keep them in shape by remaining healthy and going to the gym consistently.


DIVYA

How do you describe your current personal style? Who has influenced you the most in your clothing choices?

I would describe my style as creative and comfortable, with a surprise twist. I love to pick and choose from my sister’s more preppy/business casual closet and match it with something bold from my own. I guess you could say I’m also quite tom-boyish at times, for a lack of a better term. There’s something to be said about a sleeve that’s rolled up on the left arm and coupled with a copper metallic watch, especially the way it emphasizes a certain strength and working quality about you, yet still highlights the delicate architecture of the wrist bone. I am constantly inspired by the simple ways Victoria Beckham pulls off sophisticated, grunge-chic tom-boy, and grandpa sweaters! Those three are definitely my go-to styles, and I love occasionally overlapping each and every one of them.

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What are one or two items that are hardest for you to shop for, and why do you think that?

Hmm this is a tough one. I would have to say leggings and shoes. And you're probably thinking, leggings?! Those are super stretchy, one-size fits all! How is that hard? Lemme tell ya, it's hard. See, first the material has got to make you feel like a million bucks. I like the texture to be stretchy, but substantial and not super thin, so I can actually wear them as pants, and when the print is bold, even better! They should feel like pants, and not pantyhose, if you get my drift? The second reason leggings are so difficult is because I have this thing about my small ankles. I’m all about that casual strength, but one look at my ankles, and I think of teetering on two tiny twigs. I try to opt for leggings that get a little loose around the lower calf, so it emphasizes the muscle tone there, but doesn’t follow through to the ankle. Pairing this with an ankle length shoe, and boom, my ankles are the least of my worries.

What is your favorite personal feature and how do you ‘play it up’ in expressing your personal style?

My favorite personal feature is my sense of humor. I love playing it up by adding detail, humor, or envisioning a characteristic I like to play up - like how I’d make today's outfit of black leggings, blue, trouser material short shorts and white t-shirt feel like a mail delivery person’s uniform! Maybe I’ll add a heavy gold necklace, instead of a badge, some chunky bracelets instead of a signature pad, and I'll tie my hair in a top knot that is mock-professional. Add on my ever present watch and high tops, and voila! Every outfit has a comical story, and it makes for great conversation and an enjoyable day. It's a bit of me and my way to tell the world how I am feeling, another way to tell my story through the choices I make with my outfit.


BAILEE

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How do you describe your current personal style? Who has influenced you the most in your clothingchoices?

Very simple and casual, and to be honest, I feel I'm a lot more stylish in my head than when living it out. I have Pinterest boards and Wanelo collections full of pieces of clothing that I'd love to have but I'm terrified to wear them. That is, I don't feel like I can pull a lot of these looks I see in the Urban Outfitters or Pac Sun catalogs, and it severely limits my style. I've only recently begun to venture from the world of graphic tees and skinny jeans and started to actually test some of the limits that I'd set up for myself – limits that really had no credibility to begin with.

What are one or two items that are hardest for you to shop for, and why do you think so?

Probably hats. I love seeing girls walk around campus sporting cute floppy hats or even snapbacks or beanies, but this is where the curse part of my hair comes in. Finding the right headwear to be able to fit with the mane, and not look awkward, tends to be a struggle.

What is your favorite personal feature and how do you ‘play it up’ in expressing your personal style?

Definitely the hair. As much as I tend to complain about it (it seems to be both a blessing and a curse sometimes), I absolutely love my hair. I can hardly ever get it to sit the same way twice, so good hair days are typically days I like to really express my style – you never know when another good hair day will come along again, so you gotta take every chance you get! Because my hair is a bit more unique compared to how most girls wear it (and because to get it straight like most girls, I'd have to slave away for hours at it with a flat iron), I like to see it as an excuse to dress a bit quirkier. I've already got the bold hair-do, why not go bold with my style as well?


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ALYSSA

How do you describe your current personal style? Who has influenced you the most in your clothing choices?

I would definitely describe my personal style as edgy. I try to incorporate one of my leather jackets into almost every outfit I wear. And if leather doesn’t work, I will always manage to add some element of edginess with my jewelry. A couple of my favorite pieces are my bullet earrings, bracelet and necklace. I also have a love for studs, skulls, and black. The trick is to wear it in moderation, sneaking it in with basic outfits. That way I don’t look like I’m wearing an entire Hot Topic store. I also wear other styles at times, when I feel like switching it up, but this is the style I feel most myself while wearing. I’ve never really had a style icon, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve begun to look to my sister-in-law for inspiration. She is usually my first contact when needing fashion advice.

What are one or two items that are the hardest for you to shop for, and why do you think that?

I hate shopping for swimsuits. I used to wear the skimpiest little bikinis, but I no longer feel comfortable in them. I am very unsure what style of swimsuit would look good on me and my curves and won’t be too revealing.

What is your favorite personal feature and how do you "play it up" in expressing your personal style?

Is it weird to say that I don’t have a favorite personal feature? It’s not because I hate all of my features; the opposite in fact. I love a lot of my features, I just don’t have one that stands out as my favorite. I’m always told that my facial features are very exotic, so I’ve been exploring how to play that up more when I do my makeup.


ELLYSE

How do you describe your current personal style? Who has influenced you the most in your clothing choices?

I would describe my current style as comfy cute, yet polished. I enjoy putting together outfits that look nice - where you can tell I put some effort into it in the morning, yet comfortable enough for me to wear through a full day of work, classes, and running around. I definitely have my days of ASU t-shirts and a good pair of jeans (thank goodness maroon looks good on me!) but for the most part, I try to leave my room looking ready for the day.

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I didn’t always go for the polished look, however. I used to avoid putting together new outfits because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to pull it off. It was actually a club in college that helped me to be more comfortable in my own skin and step out of my comfort zone in the realm of clothing. As I learned about what looked best on me and practiced it more and more, I found myself becoming more confident when it came to my own style. The girls in the club were so supportive the whole time, and it helped me to build my confidence through their words and actions.

What are one or two items that are hardest for you to shop for, and why do you think that?

Dresses are difficult for me. Because of my small waist and chest, I usually opt for the small dress. But wait, then there's my long legs, which mean maybe I should shoot for the medium? Dresses these days already seem to be pretty short. But when you take into account my height, most barely cover my rear end (and we're talking barely here). If it fits up top, it's going to be too short on the bottom. And if I go for length, I'm usually swimming in the top. And heels? Don’t even think about it, Ellyse. I love dresses, especially in the summer. But finding a good compromise can be harder than it seems.

What is your favorite personal feature and how do you ‘play it up’ in expressing your personal style?

My personality. It sounds silly, but hear me out. I see my wardrobe as an extension of how I express myself as a person. I choose clothes that describe me. I like to look put together because as a business major with a strong Type A personality, looking professional is important to me. I also like to laugh. This explains my "eccentric" wardrobe pieces such as my obnoxious Sparky sweater or my cat shirt. But most of all, I enjoy being around people and making them feel comfortable. So most of the time, I go for a cute outfit that's not over the top. I don't want my outfit to be the center of attention (with the exception of the Sparky sweater, of course) but if it's a conversation starter, then that's cool. I like my style to be relatable. (If that's even a thing?)


ALICIA

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How do you describe your current personal style? Who has influenced you the most in your clothing choices?

I've always been a pretty casual dresser. My default outfit is a pair of jean shorts and a nice shirt. I tend to buy a lot of shirts that also work with a pencil skirt or slacks. I don't have many cute, comfy t-shirts, and it becomes a problem when I try to have a chill day.

It's probably cliche, but my mom mainly influenced how I shop. She's a pretty casual dresser herself. She's also a teacher, so she always had a business casual style. I also like to look at my friends' clothing pieces as well to get ideas on how to create cute outfits - and Pinterest. I steal lots of fashion ideas from Pinterest.

What are one or two items that are hardest for you to shop for, and why do you think that?

Finding cute shorts is usually a challenge. I'm not a fan of short shorts, but that's essentially what all the popular stores carry. Otherwise shorts with a length I like might be really boring, or look like "mom" shorts. But mom jeans are in, so maybe I need to rethink that?

What is your favorite personal feature and how do you ‘play it up’ in expressing your personal style?

I love my eyes, although I don't do much to them. I really like a basic natural look, so I usually put on just mascara and maybe eyeliner. They kind of stand out on their own because they are pretty dark. I actually didn't own eyeliner or wear eye shadow until a few years ago. I've been experimenting with that more, and it's been fun! I like wearing eye shadow, but I tend to lean toward colors that are pretty neutral.


ALY

Who or what has influenced you in your current personal style?

I would describe my personal style as vintage and feminine. I love vintage silhouettes and bold colors, but I am also a girly girl and love fun heels, statement jewelry, and bright lipstick. Even on regular school days, you can find me wearing dresses. In fact, 50 percent of my wardrobe consists of dresses and skirts! A-line skirts, high-waisted shorts, and head scarves are some of my absolute favorite fashion trends to work with. They are fun, unique, and make a statement.

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One of my biggest style role models is actress and singer Zooey Deschanel. She definitely has the fun and feminine vibe that I love and she also plays off of vintage styles and trends. As a vintage-fashion junkie, I also look to a lot of the “greats” of old Hollywood: Elizabeth Taylor, Coco Chanel, and Grace Kelly are all strong, fashionable ladies that I look up to for not only their style, but their great confidence and ambition.

What are one or two items that are hardest for you to shop for, and why do you think that?

I actually have the hardest time shopping for the simple and basic things. When I shop, I tend to go straight for the crazy, statement items and forget that I need a plain tee or denim jeans. Whenever I shop, I have to make myself a list of the more practical things I actually need, so I can make sure to get the running shoes instead of the teal pumps. Personally, shopping is fun, so I never want to take a step back and be realistic. I just always go for the first thing that catches my eye.

What is your favorite personal feature and how do you ‘play it up’ in expressing your personal style?

My eyes are definitely my favorite feature; they are super blue and probably twice as big as they should be. Going along with the vintage vibe, I love to apply strong, bold, winged eyeliner to make my eyes a main focus. I also have blunt bangs, which draws focus straight to my eyes. Paired with a bright lip, my blue eyes really pop!