Style Spotted: Style By Region


Autumn Hamra, Steinhardt junior majoring in Studio Art, is a New Yorker. Hamra grew up in Westchester and only moved to Manhattan to attend NYU; however, she does think that what makes fashion in New York unique is that it is not so easy to pin-point.

Photo taken by Sang Bae
Photo taken by Sang Bae

“New York style is often dark and grunge, but at the same time laid back and flowy,” said Hamra.

Hamra describes her style is somewhat New York inspired artsy, while also slightly conservative. In the warmer months Hamra enjoys a floral look while in the winter she likes to play around with layers.

“People in New York take risks when it comes to fashion,” said Hamra.

There is no one way to stereotype style in New York, and Hamra feels that she is still evolving.

“Some of it also just comes with age.”

Emma Theisen, a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Neuroscience, is half Finnish and half American, though has spent most of her life in Finland.

Photo taken by Sang Bae
Photo taken by Sang Bae

“Finnish style is very minimalist,” said Theisen. “People wear a lot of Marimekko. Block patterns and especially stripes are very popular.”

Marimekko can be found by Eataly in the Flatiron district of Manhattan. Although the prices are a little out of the college student’s range, it’s still inspiring to walk around the store just to see the designs and colors.

Theisen described her style as very Finnish – minimalist, casual, monochrome, and earthy. Finnish girls can often be spotted with converse, the Fjallaraven Kanken backpacks, and neutral toned outfits.

Nayana Devadas, a Steinhardt sophomore majoring in Childhood Education and Special Education is originally Indian, but has grown up in Japan.

Photo taken by Ilona Tuminen
Photo taken by Ilona Tuminen

Devadas describes Indian and Japanese style as opposites.

“In India people wear brighter colors, flowy pants, kurthis… Anything comfortable really,” said Devadas. “When I go back to India and wear these clothes I feel most at home and most comfortable”.

Devadas doesn’t believe Japanese style influenced her much as she felt it fit a more girly and cutesy type of look.

Devadas’ style is often dark, classy, minimal, with the occasional splash of color here and there.


Ilona Tuominen is a staff writer. Email her at 

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