Ariana Oviahon Age: 20
Occupation: Communication Student
Describe your personal style with a song lyric: Beyonce once sang, “I know the world and I know who I am. It’s about time I show it.” I always try to express myself through my style.
You’re stranded on a desert island and can only bring five things from your closet — what do you grab? I’d bring my long floral kimono, my favorite gray t-shirt, a pair of all black converse, my light brown faux leather satchel, and my classic circle sunglasses.
If you could have any TV or movie character’s wardrobe, whose would you chose and why?
I’d easily choose Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City. Every outfit she wore seemed like it had its own personality! The way her outfit colors/styles matched (or didn’t) made my jaw drop a few times. I love to play around with different looks, so I know her closet would be similar to heaven.
How long does it take for you to get ready on a typical morning? No more than 45 minutes on an average day! I love spending most of my time doing my skincare routine.
How does your outfit impact your day? Look good, feel good! If I love what I’m wearing I automatically have a better attitude about the world around me. I’ll be more open to stepping outside of my comfort zone which always seems to lead me to great opportunities, and it all starts with a great outfit!
Most memorable style advice? Quality not quantity! Having fewer pieces that will hold up forever is far better than having a million pieces that last two months. Investing in quality clothes is crucial.
What do most people notice about your style? What do you wish more people noticed? I think that people notice that i’m a plus sized girl that can look cute in many different styles. There is a stereotype, that big girls can’t be stylish and look good, which is 100% untrue. I wish more people noticed that it doesn’t matter what your body type is— wear whatever makes you confident!
What fashion risk do you wish you took sooner? I was always told that mixing prints was a big no-no. Now whenever I clash colors/prints I tend to love my outfit even more. It makes things fun!
How has your style evolved over the past 5 years? I’ve gotten more comfortable with who I am which has helped me step out of the world of fashion rules. I wear what I want without worrying about the options of others. But, I’ve evolved most by learning how to genuinely love and accept myself. That really made all the difference.
Rihanna and Lana Del Rey. Forever and always.