Quad Style: Elizabeth Myles
My name is Elizabeth and I’m a third year Cinema and Media Studies Major/Visual Arts Minor. I’m a projectionist with the Film Studies Center, President of Fire Escape Films, and I’m currently directing an animated documentary called “Love Stories.” A couple things people probably don’t know about me is that I love to run and I’ve played cello for 11+ years. Other things people probably do know about me are that I love cheese and laughing is my favorite activity.
How would you describe your personal style?
I love being playful with my outfits, whether it’s wearing a bralette as a top, color-coordinating my earrings and shoes, or doing something unexpected. Sometimes I pair things that wouldn’t seem like they’d work together, so it’s a mix of tacky and chic, cute but maybe a little bit off (like me?). Spontaneity is kind of my thing.
I found the wool pants at a boutique in Paris when I studied abroad last year.
Where do you find style inspiration?
I choose bits and pieces of what I see in the world and put together outfits that best reflect my personality. I also like to buy things that other people may have overlooked at thrift shops or on eBay. There are a lot of ways to make things your own without directly copying fashion trends.
I like how fashion can take me out of this moment in time— when I put on the color-blocked dress and pink ankle boots, I feel like I’m stepping into the 60s (cue These Boots Are Made for Walking by Nancy Sinatra)
Where do you like to shop?
In high school, I exclusively bought clothes at my favorite thrift shop in my hometown, Oklahoma City. Nowadays, it’s a combination of thrift shops, consignment stores, the occasional mainstream store online (where I got some of my earrings and my pink boots!), and eBay.
Do you have any fashion regrets?
Over the past couple years, I’ve become much more comfortable with wearing bolder or even weirder outfits, so my only regret is that in the past, I didn’t always have the confidence in my sense of style to really rock a look.
When I wear my velvet pants, it’s as if I’m on my way to a roller disco.
What is your relationship to fashion? Has it changed over time?
I’ve always been interested in how unique fashion can be. It’s more fun for me to pair random items together, such as a fun pair of pants and a sweater I found in my dad’s room, than to go to a store and buy whatever’s in style. At least to me, the way I pair different styles and accessories is unique and I don’t see that changing any time soon.
Why is fashion important to you?
Fashion is a form of self-expression. My high school had a dress code where we could only wear black, white, or navy, so I felt very limited in how I could express myself. I ended up dyeing my hair bright colors as an outlet and I’m revisiting that now, only I get to mix and match my hair color with vibrant outfits. Above all, I like to have fun with what I’m wearing and I think that my style reflects that aspect of my personality.