#WCW Style Inspiration: Elizabeth Terrell

#WCW Style Inspiration: Elizabeth Terrell

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By: Elizabeth Kabakjian

To introduce our #WCW for this week, I asked Elizabeth to list 3 random facts about herself to share with us.


  1. I have what's called a photic sneeze reflex which means that looking at bright lights causes me to sneeze. For the longest time, I thought everyone had it, but apparently it only affects 18-35 percent of the population?? So, yeah. Special snowflake.
  2. My 3 favorite ways to pass the time are biking (I love my single speed; his name is Ferris), making playlists for people, and listening to podcasts. 
  3. I can't get in the ocean. The most I ever submerge myself in the water is ankle deep because I'm terrified of sharks. I like walking on the beach and stuff, but I don't ever swim in the water because I know if I do, the shark from Jaws will eat me. 

1. When it comes to clothing, how would you describe your personal style?
My personal style is really just the most visual form of creative self expression for me. My style more or less fluctuates with how I feel about myself and what I'm identifying with. If I'm feeling more androgynous and masculine, I go for a casual, just-woke-up look with lots of neutral or primary colors. Droopy sweaters, overalls, beanies, no makeup etc. On my more feminine days, I'm all about being bold and integrating sensuality and edginess into classic, 70s or 90s punk inspired outfits. I can't say that I have a very linear style.

2. What are some of your staple items? Is there anything that you just couldn't live without?
In the colder seasons, I love a good oversized sweater and my Docs. I love to go hiking and camping during that time and so I'm almost always ready to go with those two items. They're perfect for either adventuring or just studying in a field somewhere. In the summer, a loose t-shirt and a pair of denim shorts to tuck it into are good enough for me.

3.When you wake up in the morning, what are some things that go through your head to help you decide on what to throw on for the day?
I almost never have an idea ready for what I want to wear. Depending on how much time I have in the morning, it's typically about trial and error for me. The aftermath on my bedroom floor once I've found what I want is usually pretty tragic. I just go with the weather, what my plans are for that day, and what mood I'm in.

4. Do you have any inspirations for your style? If so, let's hear it! If not, than tell us what you're wearing right now. (Feel free to answer both)
I really love the whole 90s punk classic look. Lots of small black dresses, red lipstick, short hair, and combat boots (think Winona Ryder or Mathilda from Leon the Professional). But on my lazier, sleepier days, I dress for comfort and my look is usually more subtle and understated. Rolled jean cuffs, slouchy shirts, my favorite pair of Adidas sneakers, stripes, minimalist graphics, and so on. 

5.What are some items of clothing that you feel the most comfortable wearing?
As much as it may not "accentuate my features" or whatever, I really just love sweaters and overalls-lots of corduroy or denim. I love clothes that I can sink into, but simultaneously look cute and confident in. On principle though, I like to dress for myself and therefore whatever clothes I put on, I should feel comfortable in them, no matter what anyone says. I'm not sure if that's what you meant by comfortable, but yeah.

6.What are some of your favorite brands/designers/stores? 
My go-to is Forever 21 simply due to the price. They're not the best quality, but I have some select pieces that I've spent 10 bucks on and they've lasted a long time. When I have a free day, I like to go to thrift stores and see what outfits I can scramble together. When I'm feeling fancy, I like to take a look at (not buy because they're $$$) the clothes at Urban Outfitters or Anthropologie.

7.What accessories do you seem to most often pair with your outfits? (watches, hats, etc.)
In the fall and winter, I almost always pop a beanie on my head. It's such an effortless accessory, but can really make a simple outfit cuter. Plus my hair is so wild, it really helps tame the beast. Other than that, I've been really into statement jewelry lately to pair with neutral colored outfits. Something that looks industrial, geometric, and unique to just pull a look together and make it more cohesive. 

8.What advice do you have for other gals that would like to achieve a similar style? 
Don't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone. I struggle consistently with self doubt and poor self esteem, but going out of my way to try something on that I normally could never see myself wearing really opens up a lot of doors in terms of how you cultivate your style. Embracing your identity is super important as well, because personal style is such a fun and expansive way to express what you're about. Plus, I've found that it's a good channel through which to interact with new people. I can't tell you how many interesting conversations I've gotten into based off of a compliment on someone's outfit choice. 

9.Is there a color that you most usually end up incorporating into your outfit? Whether it be intentional or non intentional (i.e. you always end up wearing a lot of black or white)
I do wear a lot of black since it goes with literally every item of clothing that I own. But yellow and a more rust-colored red have been finding themselves into my outfits lately. 

10.If we could go through your family photos and see a photographic documentary of your style phases, which style phase would be the most embarrassing? We've all had them! And trust me.. I have one and I have no idea what was going on in my head during that time!
Oh god. My freshman year of highschool, I was really into the preppy athlete/jock look. I wore a lot of Nike (a lot) and really just ended up looking like I was trying too hard. Like, "Hey, I totally work out and play sports all the time. I definitely don't eat Oreos and Mountain Dew for lunch every day." 


Thank you Elizabeth Terrell for being our #WCW this week! 
All images digital photographed by: Elizabeth Kabakjian

Farewell Folks!