3 or 4 years ago, or even last year, I wouldn’t see myself wearing anything flared.Rukky Harriman
Rukky Harriman is an International Relations student whose ‘I don’t follow trends’ approach to fashion and style, makes her stand out amongst many on campus. I met up with her during the Easter break, to photograph her, as well as her favourite fashion pieces. In her interview, she spoke about her personal style, shared the story behind getting her current favourite fashion item and more.
JO: Describe your personal style in 3 words?
RH: I’d say I’m innovative. I don’t follow trends and I’m different.
What influences your personal style?
Price, in the sense that if I see something I like and I know it’s out of my reach, that’s where my innovative side comes in and I’m like ‘I can make it and pull it off’.
What are your favourite clothing, accessories and footwear brands?
I actually don’t have any fave brand. I just wear whatever is nice, from wherever.
If you could wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I would wear black high-waisted ripped jeans, a black mesh top, my colour block coat and black Christian Louboutins.
What must every girl have in her wardrobe?
A simple pair of black stiletto sandals. It’s essential, you can never go wrong with that.
What is your favourite item in your wardrobe?
Before I used to crush on this bag. It was my mum’s. She was clearing her closet and let me have it. I was surprised because it looked expensive and I asked her where she got it from, and she said it was from India. So it’s always next to me anytime I’m going out. But my new fave thing is my snakeskin boots. They were hard to get because at first they were about £100 and I was not going to spend £100 on a pair of boots. I ended up buying them anyway, but then a week or two later, they went on sale. So I returned them and bought them again and now they are my fave thing! But I don’t really have the chance to wear them in Colchester because would I be wearing these boots to lectures? So when I have the chance, I’ll wear them. It’s also good because they’re not only for winter so I can wear them with jeans and stuff, in spring.
How has your approach to style changed in the past few years?
3 or 4 years ago, or even last year, I wouldn’t see myself wearing anything flared. Flared jeans or jumpsuits, anything that’s not straight legged; you wouldn’t catch me in it. But I surprised myself and I got a pair of flare high waisted jeans and a flared jumpsuit, so that’s how my style has changed.