Tell us your name, age, profession and what you typically wear every day
My name is Grace Wright. I'm a 19-year-old (20 on the 29th!) performance studies undergrad at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. My daily style uniform is typically preppy/feminine, with something edgy thrown in. Today I'm wearing a J.Crew white button-down tucked into a Karl for Net-a-Porter pleated, faux-leather skirt, a chambray blazer on top and some metallic gold Sperrys.
Where do you live, and what trends are big there?
I currently live in Evanston, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago. It's where I go to school. Since it's a college campus, you see very "collegiate" trends for girls in a lot of muted colors: riding boots, vests, plenty of Hunter wellies, skinny jeans, Sperrys, North Face jackets. A lot of weatherproof fashion since the majority of the school year is chilly. I think I do go out of my way to add more color to my wardrobe than most people here.
What is your favorite brand/designer? What do like about that brand?
Right now I'm J.Crew all the way. They're really great at adapting to trends while staying polished and feminine. And their student discount helps. ;) As far as individual designers / things I can't afford, Marc Jacobs can do no wrong. The last couple Louis Vuitton shows, the spring carousel and the fall show with the working train on the runway... I couldn't believe my eyes.
Which celebrity has great style?
Well, Kate Bosworth is an obvious inspiration. ;) I also have to say I'm really admiring Emma Stone right now. She plays it very cool in the public eye: skinny jeans, cute jacket and flats, practical big bag. And then when she gets on the red carpet, she's just mesmerizing: quirky-glamorous, really put together and pretty. And I LOVE how she always pulled off red as a redhead.
What are your personal aspirations/goals?
Right now, I'm just trying to make it through school! And after that... Part of me wants a PhD, part of me wants to start getting jobs in showbiz right away (casting direction, somehow working it up to production), and then there's a chunk of me that wants to put everything I've done in school aside and get into fashion. I do sketches from time to time but school tends to pull me away from that. I love my classes and my major, but I always wonder...
How has Polyvore affected your life?
Polyvore has been an artistic outlet for me at a time in my life when it's just not practical to buy a bunch of art supplies and keep magazine clippings everywhere. It's kept me abreast of trends and informed my own personal style. It's enabled me to talk to people from all over the world. I've been able to help others, which is always rewarding. I remember helping someone in the "Ask" boards pick bridesmaid dresses for a wedding... She later messaged me and told me she was going to use the very dress I'd suggested! It was so fascinating to have a real, tangible impact; it made me think about what a career in styling might be like. And, for someone like me going into the job market in a couple years, Polyvore can actually be a networking resource. I don't know if anything will come of it besides some awesome free jewelry, but the fact that Kate Bosworth knows I'm out there is pretty cool. :)
How would you describe your set style?
A couple months ago was when my set style kind of "crystallized," I guess. I started leaving white edges on everything to make the image seem cleaner (which can be a lot of work with custom borders, but worth it). I like an even balance of pictures and magazine articles. While it can be really time consuming, I try to find fashion editorials and random photographs with the same colors and aesthetic of the outfit I'm featuring. And then I throw on colored flowers and paint splotch effects to accent the whole image and fill negative space.
Describe your personal sense of style.
My sense of style is always feminine, and usually preppy in some way. I'm definitely more J.Crew and less Guess, if that puts it in perspective - although I do try to mix in edgy pieces here and there. (Net-a-Porter had a feature in which they called J.Crew "geek chic," which I think is pretty fitting for me.) I try to stay of-the-moment, but that's often impractical for a college student. I LOVE colors: I'm way into colored jeans right now, still waiting to see if printed jeans are gonna stick around before I get a pair of those...