Name: Iris K.
Major: Public Relations
Minor: Creative Writing
Hometown: Santa Cruz, California
Iris wears a sweater from Cabela’s and jeans from Madewell.
How do you dress differently in Oregon than in Santa Cruz? Well, in Santa Cruz, everyone kind of dresses the same. It’s a uniform of flip-flops, jeans and a sweatshirt. I really wanted to fit in…and I still think I do, and I’m kind of working through that. I think now I do value being comfortable, especially when going to class.
About her curly blonde hair, Iris said that it “helps people recognize” her from long distances and “makes a great scarf.”
Do you dress differently based on the weather? I like cold days when it’s not raining. I have a lot of negative energy with my North Face jacket…This year, I’m really trying to not wear my North Face every single day and create alternative ways to avoid rain. I don’t want to get caught in that rut.
What do you recommend to people looking for ways to get through the rain fashionably? I have started layering a lot, and you don’t really need a raincoat. Like, if it’s sprinkling, you don’t necessarily need a raincoat to go from class to class.
Her boots are Dr. Martens.
Umbrellas: Yay or nay? I’m from California, so I feel like I can’t really speak on that.
Why is fashion important to you? Well, I’ve noticed that I feel a lot better when I put effort into what I look like. I just feel better when I dress better. I do think it’s important how you present yourself to the world. You can’t deny that people judge other people based on their appearance. You want how you look to reflect how you feel…I’m still trying to figure that out. It’s kind of a work in progress.
Words and photos by Taylor Griggs, @griggstaylor3