Student Style Profile: Ella Riley-Adams

This month, I bit the bullet and decided to be a little nepotistic by featuring the personal style of Ella Riley-Adams, SLCspeaks’ editor-in-chief. I asked her to rummage through her closet and pick her favorite pieces before I dolled her up by styling her for an editorial-style photoshoot. My favorite thing about Ella’s style is that she always manages to put together cohesive and creative looks that are ready to be professional in any setting. I queened out over her newspaper clutch immediately (here styled with the saturated floral wrap shirt and purple suede stiletto platforms), and loved the diversity of clothes from leather jackets to demure knit sweaters. Working with snazzy gals like Ella is always refreshing, and it’s nice to see a closet that so accurately reflects the attitude of it’s curator. We’ll be doing profiles on more students all throughout the year, as well as introducing several new columns when we reconvene from break, so if you’re interested in contributing, please get in touch:

What year are you?

I’m a sophomore.

Where are you from?

I’m from Ashland, a small town in Southern Oregon. It’s five hours north of San Francisco, five hours south of Portland. I grew up riding horses, harvesting honey and playing roller hockey on my family’s ranch.

What are you studying?

I say my concentration is writing and digital media, but somehow I’m taking all literature classes this semester. My favorite class at the moment is Just Balzac, with Angela Moger.


Style influencers?

I love the simplicity of Alexa Chung’s style and anything by Bottega Veneta (not that I own any of their pieces, I just lust over them). My dad also has great taste; all my sweaters come from his closet.

What do you listen to when you get dressed?

Lately I’ve been listening to Childish Gambino’s new album, Camp. I also love Florence + The Machine’s Ceremonials. Anything that inspires me to spring forth from my bedroom and conquer is usually a good bet.

A cozy corner of Ella's dorm room

Something you would NEVER wear?

Crocs. I can’t believe they have entire stores for croc accessories. They’re called “schnoodles” or some other equally disgusting “catchy” name. I never want Mickey Mouse’s face stuck in the holes of my shoes.

Favorite blogs/magazines?

On a daily basis, I keep in touch with The Faster Times, The New York Egotist (full disclosure: I work for them) and Gawker. I also love FastCo Design for aesthetically pleasing tech updates. Fashion-wise, I read Elle, Nylon and Interview.

What do you do when you feel like you have “nothing to wear”?

Honestly, I put on an oversized sweater, skinny jeans and my riding boots. If I’m dressing for a party, I turn the music up and test outfits until something clicks.

Photos by: Ethan Shafran Moltz

James Neiley (Fashion Editor) is a senior and enjoys lounge kimonos, vintage fur, and large bathtubs. He studies fashion history and french, but particularly revels in excellent cinema costume design.

Be first to comment