Quad Style: May Silverstein
Meet May Silverstein, a fourth year political science major interested in going into media. She studied abroad in London last year and enjoys photography and music in her free time.
How would you describe your personal style?
It depends. Whenever I’ve lived in a big international city like New York or London, I definitely make way more of an effort to dress uniquely. I would describe it as edgy but feminine. I like pairing vintage patterns, cool textures, or lingerie with chain and leather accessories.
When I’m at school, I dress functionally. Generally I just want to be comfortable and warm — black jeans, a t-shirt, sneakers, a sweater or blazer, and a scarf are my go-to.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
Instagram — I almost exclusively follow model, designer, or photographer accounts. If I like a certain piece or look, I’ll save it into a ‘Fashion’ folder. I like The Dreslyn and the brand Attico especially. I love Zana Bayne and this photographer Erika Bowes. Her pictures and personal style are really incredible. Also I'm very inspired by whatever city I’m in — I think people all dress very distinctively in London, NYC, Paris, and Berlin for example.
Where do you like to shop?
My favorite store ever is this vintage and thrift store in Paris called Chine Machine. The best shopping I ever experienced was in Copenhagen and Amsterdam: lots of independent and well-curated boutiques. For special statement pieces, I like Opening Ceremony in NY and this vintage store in London called Serotonin. Vince and Theory are good for simple everyday staples that last.
Do you have many fashion regrets?
Yeah, many from middle and high school. Sperrys, Hunter wellies, and ugly printed t shirts to name a few.
What about your worst fashion faux-pas?
I think the biggest faux-pas would be buying flashy designer things as status symbols, and buying clothes that are poor quality or don’t fit right. I think sometimes it’s better to buy pre-owned or vintage designer than new high-street quality stuff, because a lot is made from very poor quality synthetic fabrics that just look cheap. Or if you can afford it, buy fewer quality pieces that may be more expensive and avoid buying a lot of random inexpensive stuff online. Fast-fashion is really bad for the environment.
What is your relationship to fashion, and why is it important to you?
I used to be more interested in fashion for the clothes themselves, but now I’m more interested in fashion imagery and photography, and the creative processes of designers. I think fashion is an important mode of self-expression but the fashion industry can be so focused on aspirational consumerism and materialism, especially since social media has become so huge. It’s important to take it with a grain of salt. But I love dressing up for an occasion or buying a special statement piece that will make you stand out. I think how you look can really impact how confident you are, you just can’t get overly focused on it.
All images courtesy of Angela Liu.