Black is always in style no matter the year, season, or time of day. Just ask Lia Bänziger, who exemplifies how sophisticated one can look wearing black this season. Both classic and elegant, as well as slimming and easy to maintain, many students at UFV find the colour both practical and alluring.
Lia, an international student who grew up in Switzerland and is working on a bachelor of general studies, describes her style as classic, loving elegantly simple lines and designs, but some days she just wears pajamas doesn’t care what anyone else thinks. In addition, she enjoys wearing Converse shoes on a regular basis. Lia favours black clothes because of how well they contrast with her blonde hair, and as she explained, “you can’t go wrong” with the shade. When asked if her style ever had gone wrong, she laughed before admitting that she used to always wear skater shoes when she was younger.
Comparing fashion in Canada and Switzerland, Lia observantly noted that Canadian fashion tends to be more relaxed and casual, joking that you could never wear your pajamas to university back in Switzerland. When she goes clothes shopping, Lia likes to act on impulse, not planning to look for specific items. She also admits that she likes online shopping even though she doesn’t do it a lot, explaining it’s an easy way to shop without having to try clothes on. Lia loves collecting special souvenirs, whether a piece of clothing or a unique object that will remind her of her travels. When asked if she had any fashion advice, she suggested dressing true to yourself and your personality, especially if it’s for a first impression.
Wearing head-to-toe black, Lia accessorized her outfit with a unique necklace, an item she found at the Kariton Art Gallery near Mill Lake. Working there on a practicum for the Abbotsford Arts Council, she came across the beautiful piece and fell in love with it.
“It’s fused glass art made by a local artist from Abbotsford,” she said. “It will always remind me of my time in Abbotsford, and working for the Abbotsford Arts Council.”