Cheyenne Adler is a sophomore at New York University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business and English Literature. She has held multiple fashion-related internships and hopes to get a job in the fashion industry after graduating. Her dream job would be to become the Editor-in-Chief of Lucky Magazine just like her idol, Eva Chen.
Rachel Zoe once said “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak” and once I heard that, I’ve never been the same or dressed the same since.
Style and the way you present yourself sends a message to those around you about who you are and what you like, but finding your style or describing it is not always the easiest task.
When I’m asked to describe my style, I always find myself scrambling to find an answer! My style changes as frequently as the temperature here in New York because I directly think back to what Rachel Zoe said. When I get up in the morning, I go to my closet and think, “What do I want to say today? How do I feel?” and that’s what guides me. I also always take into consideration what I have on my agenda for that day because nothing is worse than being improperly dressed, especially when you’re in business school. You never quite know when there may be an industry leader popping in for a speech. This direct connection between how I feel at the time and what I choose to wear makes getting dressed every morning a bit like playing dress up.
I tend to go straight to my daily uniform of what I call “polished comfort”: fitted jeans, a stylishly loose-fitted button up, a pair of broken in Madewell booties, and depending on the weather, a cute jacket or coat thrown on top. It’s easy and gets me out of the house quick, which helps when you want to maximize on sleep, but have an 8am class. On days when I’ll wake up and need a little reminder about who’s the #GIRLBOSS, I make a bee line for my most over the top and fabulous pieces like a leather pleated mini skirt or black ombré furry jacket.
I get most of my style inspiration from the shows I watch and the magazines I read. I went through a huge headband obsession a lá Blair Waldorf when I was in high school and now I’m currently having a designer shoe moment inspired by Carrie Bradshaw. My number one style icon of all time is Audrey Hepburn, a woman beautiful inside and out. I accredit my love of ballet flats, ankle length jeans and turtlenecks to this woman! I can only hope someone will say the same thing about me someday.
Style is not just about telling the world who you are and what you have to say, but it also serves as a reminder to yourself. When I feel overwhelmed with school or work or even both, I always find it soothing to look in a mirror and see an outfit that makes me look and feel amazing. A fabulous outfit can change how you feel going into any situation.