Saskya Emmink-Byron

Regional director of Alumni & Development at Washington University in St. Louis


Describe your personal style. Classic with an edge.

What’s your most recent fashion obsession? Jumpsuits (although I’ve been obsessed with them

for a couple of years now).

What item from your closet can you not live without? My skinny black slacks.

What are your top five essential clothing staples? Black slacks, black top, black heels, black cardigan, black sweater—I know, pretty sad …

What is your go-to piece? Right now, I am in love with my grey suede Ann Demeulemeester wedges.

Is there any person or character whose style you really admire? I always like the way Tilda Swinton and Cate Blanchett don’t seem to be afraid to push the envelope a little bit while still maintaining an incredible sense of style. Strong women—I like that.

Who are some of your favorite designers? Ann Demeulemeester, Martin Margiela, Rick Owens, Azzedine Alaia, Helmut Lang, Alexander McQueen, Comme Des Garçons (Rei Kawakubo) and Yohji Yamamoto.

What is your biggest fashion pet peeve? I am not sure I really have one, although I do question the below-the-booty pants look. Not only does it seem super uncomfortable, but I don’t really need to see your underwear feature that prominently in your outfit.

What advice would you give to someone who is looking to find a way to express their style? Don’t be afraid to get it wrong. I’d rather see someone try to really find their own style than have a person look perfectly put together by a stylist. Wear what feels comfortable to you, what feels like you. I still get it wrong and sometimes feel uncomfortable in an outfit for an entire day but you do discover what suits you and what doesn’t through trial and error. Also, sometimes you need to go outside of your comfort zone a bit—even when selecting clothes!


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Photo credit: Attilio D’Agostino

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