Welcome back to another update of Staff Style, featuring our all new staff. We’re excited to share our fashion stories and style favorites with you each week! Today, meet Hannah.
From the calm of Watson Library to the bustle of Wescoe Beach, senior Hannah Pierangelo and Editor in Chief endeavors to be queen of versatility and is always looking for the perfect way to pair her sneakers with any outfit. Though she’s more commonly housed in the computer labs at Stauffer-Flint working on her journalism degree, Hannah spends a few minutes in downtown Lawrence to talk about her casual style that aims to fit any situation.
What inspires your style?
I find music gets incorporated into every aspect of my life, and it inevitably shows through in my style, too. Sometimes it’s as simple as a unique graphic tee paired with colorful shorts or a skirt, sometimes it’s jewelry that’s inspired by musicians, and sometimes it’s just capturing the mood of whatever’s on my playlist at the moment.
Most versatile piece of clothing you have. What makes it so great?
I have this amazing red/orange skirt and I adore it. It has pockets! It’s loose and comfortable and so much fun to wear. I can easily dress it up with a nice top and jewelry, or I can keep it casual with a v-neck and flats.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about fashion/style?
The biggest misconception is that fashion isn’t functional. I used to think this myself! But the fact is, if you’re not comfortable in what you’re wearing, you’re doing it wrong. Good fashion combines the best of both style and functionality.
What is your signature style? / What is your ‘go-to’ look?
Skirt and sneakers. I love being loose and casual, but still getting the chance to be dressy and girly. For me, that outfit is completely versatile—I can go anywhere and do anything! Whether it’s going to dinner with friends or climbing the hill to class, I like to think I can conquer the world in a skirt and sneakers.
What trend are you obsessed with right now?
I don’t know if it’s a trend or just a style, but I’m obsessed with everything “surfer girl.” Maybe it’s because I was born in San Diego (and find myself going back each summer), but I can’t help craving beachy waves, loose tops and strappy sandals. I love that this style has merged being fashionable with being active. I feel like the goal is to always be ready to drop everything at a moment’s notice and jump on a surfboard.
Why is fashion important?
Fashion is art that you wear. It’s the ability to express your individuality without acting or speaking.
Quick! Grab one thing from your closet right now. What is it?
A black peplum top, because it’s timeless and always classy.