Style Spotlight: Richael Best ’13

Becca Mellema

Every week, The Pioneer searches out Whitties who bring an extra splash of fashion consciousness and sartorial daring to campus. This week’s style spotlight: senior Richael Best.

Style Soundbites:

Richael Best ’13. Photo by Becca Mellema.

“These earrings were my mom’s––they’re, like, vintage seventies. I borrowed them once, and then she sort of let me keep them long-term.”

“The scarf is from H&M forever ago. It’s sort of become a staple … the maroon color goes with a lot of things. It has some pattern to make it interesting, but not enough that it clashes with other patterns.”

“I found [the skirt] in a thrift store in France, actually, in Aix-en-Provence … They called it the ‘Kilo Shop.’ Sort of similar to thrift stores in the [United States] where you pay by the pound, so it was really cheap because it was really light.”

“This is a brass bracelet that my sister made for me. She took a jewelry class in high school … so it was my Christmas present one year. She said it was really easy to make, but I don’t really believe her.”

“I got [the boots] in seventh or eighth grade. I lived in Virginia for a few years. I’m from San Francisco and I’ve lived there for most of my life, but we moved to a farm for a few years, and I rode horses competitively, so these were sort of my ‘off-duty’ barn boots.”

“The coat is by Elizabeth and James. It was a Christmas present one year. It’s probably the nicest thing I own. It’s called a cape coat––sort of a cross between a coat and a cape––and it has the cropped sleeves … I usually wear it with double-length leather gloves to cover up the gap.”

“I think … fashion isn’t just about one look or one outfit; it’s about what you wear day to day and how the sum of all your choices makes up some sort of style. I definitely change what I wear day to day based on my mood and the weather … It’s fun to sort of mix up classic things and more vintage-y things, and different trends together.”