Style Talks: Lia Schryver
Style Talks is a column where we speak to inspirational women about their style, careers, and day-to-day hustle. Photography by Chris Fenimore.
Name: Lia Schryver
Location: New York, NY
Occupation: Trims Production Manager of a menswear brand
Favorite designers or brands: Comme Des Garcons, Junya Watanabe, Undercover, Helmut Lang, Ann Demeulemeester
How were you first introduced to fashion and when did you turn that interest into a profession? It must have been when I first started middle school. I was starting at a new public school, and it was the first time that I didn’t have a uniform, so I was given the opportunity to take some risks. My style was Punky Brewster meets wannabe Harajuku girl. I was also always watching the Style Network. Back then, it would actually cover runway shows and had really interesting programs where they would profile new designers. I was obsessed and knew I wanted to move to New York and work in fashion.
Are there any elements of your style that pay homage to your inner-child? Definitely! I think that for the most part I still dress like a middle schooler, or at least how I always wanted to dress back then. I also have been buying some old pieces by some of my favorite designers when I was younger like Betsey Johnson and Heatherette. It makes me feel nostalgic.
How does your occupation influence your style? Working for a men's clothing company, I’ve started dressing more and more like “one of the boys”. I wear a lot of baggy pants and tee shirts, and overall have become more comfortable with not being feminine all the time. It’s been empowering. I never feel like I’m competing or being judged by what I’m wearing, which is rare in the fashion industry, and I’m very grateful for that.
What do you hope to achieve personally when you get dressed each day? Comfort is important to me, but I always like to leave my apartment feeling “cool”. For me, it’s all about feeling good—first physically, then mentally.
What role does beauty play in your overall look? I have a pretty minimal beauty routine. On days that I wear makeup, I almost always do the same thing: big, heavily mascaraed eyes, concealer and some warm, shimmery highlighter.
What are a few of your go-to beauty products or brands? I’m one of the only people I know who isn’t big into skincare, but I’ve been a huge Glossier fan since their beginning. I try (and love) everything they do. I also love Fenty Beauty’s Match Stix and The Ordinary’s $7 foundation is amazing.
Do you have any dressing rules? I wouldn’t say that I have rules, but there are some things that I really hate on me: velvet, cropped pants, pointy shoes. Granted, I love them on others!
Who do you admire style-wise? All of the women I’m closest to. My best friends and my family. Both my brother and sister-in-law have the greatest style. And I’m fortunate enough to work in space where almost everyone happens to be the coolest and best-dressed person I’ve ever met.
How do you balance your personal style with trends? I never find myself shopping with the intent of getting trendy pieces. But when I do, I buy things at places like Zara because I know I won’t be wearing them often. I like to wear basics mixed with vintage and streetwear.
What are your favorite items in your wardrobe? Do they differ from the items you wear most? Some of my favorite pieces are things I’ve never worn before. I collect lingerie, both new and vintage. I have a lot of vintage slips, nightgowns, robes. My inner-style is very feminine and dainty, which is the opposite of how I dress in public. It’s like my little alter-ego.
What does your closet look like? Mostly old or new? Minimal or a bit of everything? All kinds of things! I like to buy vintage and used clothes. It becomes a fun hobby and is more sustainable than buying new. I also have a lot of Supreme and MadeMe—two brands I adore. I’m trying to minimize the amount of clothes I own and am constantly purging, but I also love having a bit of everything.