Quad Style: Tobi Gbile
Meet Tobi Gbile, a Public Policy major who graduated last quarter. When she was an undergrad at UChicago, she was involved in AOII. She's the author of the blog Girl With Purple Guccis.
How would you describe your personal style?
Streetwear heavy with athletic influence.
Why is fashion important to you?
Fashion is self expression and can draw inspiration from any and everything which I think is pretty powerful.
Where do you find style inspiration?
I'm currently really inspired by sportswear and vintage styles with a modern twist. I'm really into modifying looks inspired by my favorite music videos and artists and putting a Tobi spin on them.
Where do you like to shop?
Adidas is my go-to for shoes. Zara and Uniqlo for basics, Sorella Boutique for statement outfits, Nerdy Fresh, TDE, Maybe Today NYC for streetwear pieces that I don’t want other people to copy, haha.
Do you have any fashion regrets?
Probably wearing a matching scarf with every outfit I wore in 8th grade. Wearing tinted Baby Lips chapstick every day first year of college, crimping my weave second year...
What is your relationship to fashion? Has it changed over time?
Over the past four years fashion has become my FAVORITE way to express myself. I can’t wear an outfit in public that I wouldn’t feel comfortable taking a picture in. I have went from letting the clothes wear me to ME wearing my clothes. My outfits tell stories and have the ability to show my personality in ways that I can’t express with my own words. Plus I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person from their sneaker taste.
All images courtesy of Angela Liu. To view her portfolio, click here.