Sriya has been one of my best girl friends for a long while and I have always admired her ever-evolving, impeccable taste in fashion. She has this way of mixing class with street style and making it look effortless, and it is so inspiring. When we started LFDM, right away I knew I had to do a post on her! Read on and enjoy!
She’s a 22 year old from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History of Art.
K: What inspires your style?
S: I think my biggest inspiration comes from street style, especially in urban areas where people watching always has me remixing my closet. Ann Arbor has definitely influenced me in the last four years because it is such a free-spirited community where everyone is allowed to be eclectic. It’s so different from where I grew up because there everyone kind of conformed to shopping at the same few ‘mall stores.’ I interned out in NYC the last two summers and that was also a big inspiration. Each little nook of the city has it’s own style and it was fun to be Upper East Side posh for a day and laid back relaxed in Park Slope, Brooklyn the next.
K: Who would you consider your fashion icon?
S: I absolutely love Diane Kruger’s style. Not only is she drop dead stunning but also she has a way of wearing even the simplest pieces with ease and elegance. I think that your attitude affects the way clothing looks on you and she carries herself in a way that could make potato sack on her body look couture. She also doesn’t have the kind of style that you can stick into a box. Some days she wears really feminine romantic dresses and other days she’ll rock a slouchy vintage concert tee with worn leather boots.
K: Where are your hidden gems/favorite places to shop?
S: The Getup is my favorite vintage spot in Ann Arbor because they have a ton of amazing accessories from every decade you can imagine. I’ve also recently tried to join the eco-conscious movement by buying as many “green” products as I can. While being environmentally friendly can be kind of expensive for a college student, I found this great organic clothing store in Ann Arbor with decent pricing. Perpetua Boutique carries a lot of dresses, soft tees, and yoga pants as well as gorgeous accessories. The fabric, dye, and processes are always sustainable. My favorite label that they carry is POPOMOMO.
Sriya’s Top 5 Outfits…
I love shirt dresses because you can convert them between seasons easily. I bought this one particularly because it’s silk so I can wear it out and still feel “dressy.” I love the pearly buttons and tabs that tie the sleeves up. Little details like that are always great. Here, I paired it as if I was going out at night with black heels and gold accessories. Military green with black and gold is really complimentary to my skin tone…I think, haha.
Dress: Yellow Is Gold by Sunshine & Shadow
Heels: Banana Republic Spring 2009
Clutch: vintage via The Getup
Coin necklace: BCBG (engraving: “self-love is the greatest of all flatterers”)
Long necklace: J.Crew (gold w/ black stones)
This may sound weird but I think that a woman showing off her back is always super sexy. This picture doesn’t show how low the dress goes in the back but it’s one of those outfits that I love wearing just for the pleasure of turning around. It’s a floral print and has brass buttons going all the way down in the back. It’s extremely slouchy so I paired it with a braided beige leather belt around my waist for definition. I’m a fan of matching belts with shoes so my beige heeled boots were also thrown into the mix.
Dress: Ecote via Urban Outfitters
Belt: Urban Outfitters
Boots: D-Segno Cuban Boots (super faded leather with a chunky wood heel)
I love mixing fabrics in unexpected ways. I paired suede leather ankle boots and a sequined black mini with a slouchy sweater and sequined bag. The sweater keeps the outfit from feeling too predictable. Normally, I would wear it with a silky blouse or tank for a night out dancing but this is something I can see myself wearing some night this fall to a more relaxed bar.
Sweater: J.Crew Spring 2011 (love the shoulder buttons)
Skirt: Michael Kors (sequinned)
Boots: Adrienne Vittadini
Sling purse: Vintage via The Getup
This wrap dress can be tied a few different ways and is made of this amazing material that I had never felt before this purchase. Ever heard of gabardine? It’s a pretty tough material used to make a lot of outdoor clothing like windbreakers but it’s been softened out for this dress and I promise it is super comfy! It’s from that eco-friendly line I was telling you about, POPOMOMO and I purchased it at my secret spot, Perpetua. www.popomomo.com
Nude heels: Via Spaga
Ball pendant necklace: Henri Bendel
Long leaf chain: Banana Republic
Here is a classic summer staple right here: cutoff denim shorts. I paired mine with a feminine blouse and t-strap leather sandals. This photo really doesn’t do the blouse justice. It’s made of very transparent cream silk and barely there straps. It’s constructed with a top and bottom layer and both edges have an amazing lace scalloped border. So feminine.
Top: Thistlepearl via Urban Outfitters
Sandals: Urban Outfitters (I buy and wreck a pair of t-strap sandals from here every summer)
Anyone else think we need to get this girl a modelling contract with Urban Outiftters?!
Thank you, Sriya!!!