What kind of look were you going for?
I was having a grey day. I always forget that I own this boxy sweatshirt-dress; I’m so happy that you caught me in it.
How did you develop your style?
I didn’t, really. I have such a messy—truly, messy!—collection of clothes that I’m mostly surprised when things go together. Right now I’m very into grey and neutrals, baggy fits, anything loose. I work in an office [the publicity department at the University of Chicago Press], but I always like to look as weird as I can in that environment.
Could you tell me more about your bangs?
My stylist at Smith & Davis Salon, Bria, totally freestyled my bangs. She is an absolute dream. Every time I go in for a cut, I just let her do whatever she wants, and every time I leave, it’s my new favorite.
Is there anything you thought you’d never wear but then changed your mind?
I hate sequins and beads. I own a vintage beaded and sequined mermaid-in-an-oil-slick-type top from an antique store in a small town in Texas that I’m embarrassingly proud of.
Who and what inspires your outfits?
A cooler version of myself that I haven’t met yet.
What makes you want to get up and look great?
Nothing makes me want to get up.
—Interview and photograph by Isa Giallorenzo.
Journalist Isa Giallorenzo was born in São Paulo, Brazil and has elected Chicago as her beloved home since 2009. She runs the street-style blog Chicago Looks and wants to see this town become one of the fashion capitals of the world.