December 5th, 2016

CU Closets: Abbie Kim


Name: Abbie Kim

College/Class year: Barnard Class of 2017

Major: Art History/ Athena Scholars

Campus involvements: CORE, Delta Gamma. Last year I took a gap year to work in with HVW8 Gallery in Berlin, LA, and a little here in NYC so I’m not completely back in the swing of school activities.

What are you wearing right now?

Long sleeve Kanye “TOUR” T-Shirt, pants, and Adidas.


What was your thought process when getting dressed this morning?

I don’t think about what I am going to wear before I get dressed – I let my mood dictate my outfit for the day.  “Losing You” by Solange has been my go to song for a while now to start my day – followed by a big cup of coffee. Once I’m energized I’ll pick one piece I really love and build an outfit from there. 

How would you describe your style? 

Sporty with a lot of personality. I like to wear art t-shirts from galleries, concerts, etc., one-pieces (jumpsuits, leotards, etc), and bright colors.  

Style is more of a holistic thing – it’s the way you present yourself to the world. Clothes are just one way to do that. It could be a book on my shelf, a skirt in my closet, or even the fabric hanging above my desk – everything has a story behind it. I’ve tried to keep that energy pretty consistent through visual objects especially so I can be in tune with how I envision myself. That’s really important to me.


What are some of your favorite places to shop in the city?

For basics Zara, H&M, etc. are a good go-to. I prefer to shop with friends who know my personality really well and have a good eye for picking out clothes – they usually pick out a few things I wouldn’t have noticed otherwise but end up looking great. I don’t have one favorite store – it’s more about finding a piece that will go with other things that I have or adding a new type of clothing to my wardrobe. Like this summer I bought a jumpsuit/one piece thing from American Apparel and it ended up going with everything in my closet – changed my whole life. Let me tell ya. 

What is your favorite fall/winter trend?

Knee high boots! I need a pair ASAP. And sneakers go with everything, always, all year.

Who or what has influenced your sense of style the most? 

My passion for art has definitely influenced how I see clothes as an extension of my own artistic expression. I love little artist collaborations like Jean Jullien has done at Only NY or Deer Dana‘s artist T shirts. They make good statement pieces while keeping things casual. I love Hip-Hop/Rap music for the confidence it brings me – until women start getting called b*tches, thennn we have a problem. Still trying to figure out the best way to speak on that. And lastly having clarity in the kind of person I want to be! I love how my style has changed over the past few years to the point where I feel like my clothes match my personality. 

In terms of who influences me, I’d have to say Shiona Turini, Sophia Chang, Sue Tsai – women who are their own guiding light in their respective creative endeavors are a constant source of inspiration. 

What is your go-to outfit?

My letterman jacket from high school and my Adidas always seems to pull things together nicely.

What’s the best style advice you’ve ever received?

Two rules: do you boo boo, and never buy anything at full price :) 

If you could get rid of any trend currently on campus, which one would it be?

Rolling out of bed and looking grungy or mismatched. It happens – I get it – but I’d rather people not. 


If you could swap closets with any person ever, who would it be and why?

Aureta (@aureta)! Her wardrobe is fabulous and very artsy. Melody Ehsani for the days I want to be #streetchic, and Pharrell – no explanation needed. 

Story by Marie Li.

Photography by Benjamin Goldsmith.