Name: Sophia S.
Major: Environmental Studies and Food Science
Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
Sophia’s everyday outfit includes a leather jacket from H&M and jeans and a sweater from Buffalo Exchange.
Why do you want to study environmental studies?When I was younger, I was never really into nature, but as I got older and got outdoors more, it really opened my eyes to all the possibilities. There’s a lot the world has to offer, and I think environmental studies is a good way to explore those offerings.
What made you want to study food science? I’m in the CEL (Community for Ecological Leaders) program, and we went on a trip over the summer called “Project Tomato.” We learned a lot about the local food system, and one of the team leaders and a faculty advisor talked to us about the minor, and it just seemed really interesting.
Who do you draw your fashion inspiration from? I draw a lot of inspiration from Youtubers and Instagramers. One of my favorites is Jenn Im. I like to Frankenstein my style from all sorts of different people.
What do you mean by “Frankenstein?” Frankenstein was created from different parts and stories behind those parts, kind of similar to how I style myself with all my different inspirations.
Her watch is also from Buffalo Exchange.
If you had unlimited access to anyone’s closet, whose would it be? Why? I’d choose someone who has a completely different style from me and wears things I’ll never have the opportunity to. Probably Queen Elizabeth since she is always dressed up in fancy dresses and hats.
What colors are you drawn to? Before, I used to wear a lot of neutral tones like tan, beige and black. Now, I’m trying to incorporate bright colors like orange and turquoise.
What does style mean to you? I use fashion as an outlet to express my inner self in a way that I normally wouldn’t be able to. There’s not enough time to talk to everyone for them to get to know you, so the way you dress is how you tell people who you are on first glance.
Sophia rocks classic, flat Dr. Martens.
If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it be and why? I would wear ripped jeans because you can never go wrong with them, a button-down shirt, my leather jacket and my Dr. Martens. It’s pretty much what I’m wearing today.
Pick one: comfort or style. Comfort. I hate to walk around feeling uncomfortable and thinking people are watching because of it.
How has your style evolved as you’ve gotten older? When I was younger, I used to play with paper doll outlines that you could color and layer with other paper cutouts to make outfits, but I never really dressed differently from anyone else. When I got into high school, I started to dress more expressively, and now I’ve reached a point where my style is more refined.
Where do you see your style in 10 years? I’d like to think I know exactly what I’ll be like in 10 years, but I’m probably wrong. Hopefully, after some time of trying out different things, I’ll come to a consensus for what works for me.
Words and photos by Brooke Harman, @brooke_harman