MY STYLE: THE GIRLS FROM VICEAugust 15, 2014
Style – what’s it all about? Jam packing your wardrobe full of the latest threads? Wearing the rarest sneakers known to man? No, the principles of style go well beyond material values. Style is – and always has been – a visual representation of our personalities, a reflection on personal preferences. It’s our minds, extended and accessorised through seasons of evolving trends.
It’s hard to explain but when you see it you know it. With that in mind, we’re setting out on a journey to track down everyday style heroes.
We started in East London at the headquarters of underground media machine Vice UK. Here, we caught up with five of their staff – getting the lowdown on their looks and top picks from our new denim collection.
ELEKTRA – EUROPEAN ONLINE MANAGING EDITOR
I grew up in Greece so my influences are probably a little tackier or flashier than what British sensibilities allow – I like looking a little Eurotrash. When you’ve spent life being referred to as “the Greek”, it’s unavoidable to feed the stereotype in one-way or another – clothes are the most fun and inoffensive way to do just that.
I find black high-waisted jeans are the easiest things to style, and I’m really into combining blue with black these days. This shirt is my favourite – it’s by Cooperative from Urban Outfitters, from around four or five seasons ago. My Jewellery is a mixture of my mum’s, some from Banana Republic, and an airplane charm that my boyfriend got me at an airport. I keep on losing it though; he’s already replaced it once.
When I was about ten, my Dad and I rode a helicopter with 50 Greek priests. One of them showed me the gun he hid under his robe (that’s not a euphemism).
Wearing: Light Before Dark Super High Rise Skinny Jeans in Black
CHARLET – ON-SCREEN REPORTER AND DOCUMENTARY PRODUCER
I’m dressed like this because it’s an office day. VICE is obviously not your average office; there’s plenty of neon hair and tattoos around, but because I have limited time and money to spend on my appearance, I’ve developed a jeans-and-top routine, where crop-tops and Nikes are my staple look.
This doesn’t have to be boring though. These high-waisted jeans have a zip up the back – J-lo circa Ja-rule era vibes, and this is one of my favourite tees: Lil Kim for Marc Jacobs, when she’d had just the right amount of plastic surgery. People tend to think cropped trousers is a style choice of mine, but I don’t have a choice – I’m 6 foot tall so most trousers are cropped on these legs.
I can handstand-twerk, upside down, against a wall.
Wearing: BDG Super High Rise Jeans in Indigo
AMELIA – JUNIOR EDITOR
I would liken my style to that of a twelve-year-old boy or someone who wishes they knew how to skateboard, so I’ve paired up these jeans with a street wear classic, Stussy. The jeans are real comfy and I like the washed out look.
All of my favourite clothing items used to belong to my dad. He’s quite a small man.
Wearing: BDG Mom Jeans in Light Blue
DAISY – PRODUCTION ASSISTANT AND JOURNALIST
I’d describe my style as “Essex gyal chic with a sassy senorita vibe” – I guess it comes from playing up to my stereotype and loving anything gold and tacky. I do still maintain my classy Sicilian side though.
I like to wear high waisted jeans, as they always look flattering – you look like you’ve got a bum even if you haven’t, and I love to wear off-the-shoulder numbers as they make me feel sassy without having to make too much effort. I accessorise with lots of old, gold jewellery that has been passed down through my family – they tell a little story.
Last year I got asked to start training to be a cage fighter by my boxing teacher. Didn’t fancy it.
Wearing: LBD Super High Rise Skinny Jeans in Blue-Black
JESSIE – ACTIVATION EXECUTIVE
As far as my personal style goes, I wouldn’t pin it down to one singular style, more of a mish-mash of whatever I feel like each day. Comfort is key so what I wear is normally laid back and reasonably minimal – lots of basic shapes, block colours, trainers and t-shirts that belong to my brother. However, I do occasionally experiment with print and bold colours.
I often struggle to find a pair of jeans that fit me just how I like them, but this BDG pair tick all the boxes. I decided to pair them with my black Vagabond sandals: they’ve hardly left my feet this summer, and a floral jumper I picked up in Spain a couple of weeks ago.
I used to be a florist.
Wearing: BDG Mom Jeans in Blue
Photography by Jack Johnstone.