Quad Style: Shayla Harris

Quad Style: Shayla Harris

Meet Shayla Harris, a third year majoring in Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies with a focus in African American Studies and Public Policy. She's been involved with MODA since her first year, and currently serves as one of the Board's co-presidents. Another one of her passions is writing--she's the editor-in-chief of Blacklight Magazine, a UChicago literary and art publication.

How would you describe your personal style?

It’s hard to stay because I try to experiment with blending different styles. If I had to put it in a couple of words I’d say my style is everyday edgy. 

What are you wearing?

My first look is a reversible dress from Artizia with a Madewell cardigan vest and a Bayside Beads choker. Look two is a mesh Urban Outfitters shirt and mesh striped leggings (not sure where I purchased them!) with Bp booties.

Where do you find style inspiration? 

Everywhere! I do get a lot of inspiration from high fashion, but I also like to look at the people around me and street style blogs. Even when I don’t like a look, it becomes inspiring when I ask myself “how could I make this work?”

Where do you like to shop?

I think most of my clothes are probably from Aritzia. I especially love their brand Wilfred Free-- lots of comfort and versatility while still remaining classy. I also love bargain hunting at Nordstrom Rack; I could spend hours in that store. Online shopping is great too! Revolve may or may not be one of my most visited sites.

Do you have any fashion regrets? What’s your biggest fashion faux pas? 

Not really. I wouldn’t take back any of my fashion disasters because I think fashion is a learning process. Who knows if my style would be what it is today if I never participated in the gaucho phase or experimented with layering polo shirts. At the very least, they’re hilarious to look back on!

What is your relationship to fashion? Why is fashion important to you?

I have never been a particularly artistic person. I am not good at drawing; I can’t sing and I haven’t touched an instrument since my mandatory recorder lessons in kindergarten. With that being said, I’m super grateful that I have been able to use fashion as a creative outlet. When I was younger, this literally translated into me taking sewing lessons and making clothes. I still remember how ecstatic I was when I got a sewing machine for my 13th birthday! I still  enjoy sewing, but it is time consuming as a college student. Now I channel my creative energy everyday when I’m getting dressed. Fashion has also become a very powerful tool for body positivity and self love for me. I’ve gained more self confidence as I’ve grown into my style.

All images courtesy of Kaiwen Luan. Check out his photography portfolio here and here

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