What We’re Wearing Vol. 14: Our Portuguese Styling Savant Who Lives for Layers
When we asked Micaela Stuart to label her style, she came back with “unlabeled.” Touché. Instead, Levi’s® Retail Experience Manager for Europe (part visual merchandiser, part stylist) goes for what makes her feel confident, comfortable and cool — velvet sweatpants, wide-leg denim and lots of layers. This, in her own words, is what she’s wearing.
I’d describe my style as eclectic and unlabeled, an extension of my personality. One day I wake up and my mood is classic. The next day, it’s funky. I’m very into trends, and I’m the first to try a new thing. On the other hand, I want to have self-expression. And I don’t shop by gender — it’s more important that you look cool and feel confident.
During lockdown, my velvet sweatpants added some stylish, comfy fun to my day. My first time out after, I was definitely excited about going back to jeans. My favorite pair? Uh…well, I have all of them. Ha! Maybe the High Loose, Ribcage and some 501®s. For now, I’m a high-waisted girl — and whatever is wide-leg, that’s what I’m going to.
Here in Lisbon, summers are pretty hot, so the fun of winter is bringing back layers. I really enjoy mixing up textures and playing with proportions: a long dress and a short Trucker, lace on top of velvet, corduroy with denim. I remember that first day out, it was still summer, but I was like, “Okay, I need some layering.”
My go-to is mixing vintage stuff I find in flea markets and secondhand shops with contemporary pieces from this season. Sustainability is something I always look for, so I’m excited about Levi’s® recycled puffers, WellThread® and SecondHand styles. My clothes need to have meaning behind them. If it’s respecting and protecting the planet, I don’t mind paying a little bit more.
I think, at the end of the day, you just need to feel good in how you dress. My cousin actually just sent me a picture of 13-year-old me already wearing a Levi’s® T-shirt. I shared in my Instastories like, “Hey, I think I was always living in Levi’s®.”