CAMPUS STYLE – Bomber jacket -and matte lipstick- obsessed Kiara Thompson describes her own style as “classy yet bold.”
By Monessa Chahayed, Online Editor
Inspired by fashion’s power couple “Kimye,” poised social butterfly Kiara Thompson means business when it comes to her wardrobe.
The confident business major plans to work behind the scenes in the entertainment business. “#Girlboss,” by Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso, has given Thompson some insight as to what it is like for woman entrepreneurs in the fashion world. She feels Amoruso has challenged her and given her the confidence to dive headfirst into situations.
“The book is mainly about business, but there’s some fashion in there as well,” the trendy 19-year-old said.
When she is not going out with friends, Thompson spends some of her free time shopping online. Her favorite stores include Topshop and Zara. However, if she had to step out of the house, her go-to place would be American Vintage in Studio City. Thompson can find rather unique and mostly inexpensive pieces.
“I like Zara, a lot of Zara! But I will match something expensive with a $5 piece from H&M. I like to mix brands … expensive and cheap,” she said.
Although she prefers the convenience of buying clothes online, Thompson will go to Sephora to buy some of her favorite makeup brands like Laura Mercier or Nars. Her go-to makeup look focuses on bold eyebrows, simple eye makeup and a matte lipstick. She wears her favorite lipstick (Velvet Teddy from MAC) daily, to expertly recreate Kylie Jenner’s iconic matte nude lip.
Although Thompson looks up to fashion icons like Rihanna for taking fashion risks, her style is largely influenced by Kim Kardashian. She particularly appreciates the reality star’s assurance to wear whatever she pleases, despite her curves.
“She might wear high-end designers and even though these clothes [are] made for skinny women, she wears them with confidence. And I believe no matter what size you are, you can wear what you want,” Thompson said. “As long as you feel happy in it! Just be confident!”
The fashionista may be young, but she knows her stuff. She has been keeping up with fashion week and her favorite shows have been from Kanye West and Alexander Wang. West’s Addidas Originals Collection just debuted, featuring some of Thompson’s favorite colors and pieces to wear.
“I like wearing a lot of black and olive green and beiges. I like to take risks in a more relaxed way,” she said.
One of her favorite items in her wardrobe is her Sam Edelman black and white circus boots with gold studs on the heel.
Today, she is wearing a light grey midi T-shirt dress from a boutique, paired with an olive green bomber jacket from Topshop, and black Sam Edelman sandals with a gold heel. Although her personal style is more laid back, Thompson understands the value in taking risks.
“I think it’s important to step out of the box with fashion, always! That’s just how fashion keeps evolving,” Thompson said.
ABOUT Kiara Thompson:
Music: Drake, Jhene Aiko
Brands: Zara, Topshop, MAC
Designers: Sam Edelman, Alexander Wang
Inspirations: Kim Kardashian, Rihanna