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Quad Style: Christy Cheng

Quad Style: Christy Cheng

Meet Christy Cheng, a rising second year from Brooklyn, New York, with no clue what she's majoring in yet!

I'm wearing a shirt and pants from Zara, a thrifted belt, and a leather jacket from Forever21. 

I'm wearing a shirt and pants from Zara, a thrifted belt, and a leather jacket from Forever21. 

My boots are from Aldo! 

My boots are from Aldo! 

How would you describe your personal style?

Offbeat business casual. One of my favorite things is pairing items you would normally find in a professional environment, like trousers, with different textures and prints to break them away from their structured character.

Where do you find style inspiration? 

A lot of my inspiration comes from fashion Instagrammers and Youtubers or just by browsing through online shops. But most of the time, my outfit translates to whatever I’m feeling that morning. This could mean anything from mom jeans and sneakers when I want a relaxing day or a slip dress and a bunch of necklaces when I wake up feeling more spirited.

Where do you like to shop?

Thrifting always leads me to find really cool, different pieces I wouldn’t normally come across. Aside from that, I also enjoy ASOS, Zara, and MANGO -- all these stores have both pieces with classic, timeless silhouettes but also bold prominence that you can focus an outfit around.

Do you have any fashion regrets? What’s your biggest fashion faux pas? 

In general, my biggest regret has always been not branching out enough. Whether this translates to mainly wearing black or middle school Aeropostale and Hollister attire, I now always try to push myself to wear something I’m uncertain about and find a way to mold it to fit my style

I scored these dangly earrings from Forever21. 

I scored these dangly earrings from Forever21. 

What is your relationship to fashion? Has it changed over time? Why is fashion important to you?

For me, fashion is confidence. There’s something about straying from the norm and cultivating your own style that goes beyond any other form of expression; it’s so intimately connected with your person and you can define yourself without saying a single word. Whenever I wake up feeling sluggish and dread going to class, I’ll throw on an outfit I feel confident in and automatically feel more motivated to start my day. It’s also just a way to experiment with no consequences—there’s no right or wrong when deciding whatever constitutes your identity.

All images courtesy of Angela Fung. Check out more of her photography here.

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