You get a vibe that the city never sleeps and it’s true. You never know who you'll meet when you leave the house.
My Uniform: Shereen Mohammad
Account Manager, KPMG
Every month we ask our friends how they found their personal style and to share the pieces that make up their daily “uniforms.”
Shereen, a born and raised New Yorker, is someone you may already be following on Instagram (@lovesheree). In that world it appears she’s living a life exclusively comprised of visiting beautiful minimalist interiors and dressing in photo-ready outfits. The latter is likely true, but her day-to-day is far more complex than posing for a camera. As an account manager at tax and financial firm KPMG, Shereen learned from a young age that to truly indulge her love of fashion and clothes, she had to work. And she’s making it happen with a busy day job and a very active (and growing) side hustle composing photoshoots for Instagram. How she gets dressed for these packed days, below...
I was born and raised in New York City. I studied mathematics and was thinking about a career in math education, but I’d always loved fashion and just didn’t know where that fit in. When I was younger, both my parents worked in retail, we didn’t grow up with a lot of money. My mom was an associate at Burlington Coat Factory, I’d walk the aisles and just loved it. She indulged my love of fashion—it was how I expressed myself. Seventeen, Teen Vogue, fashion was always in my life as a hobby.
In New York City, in high school, everyone had personal distinctive style; I was timid, personally, but I felt a need to express myself. You get a vibe that the city never sleeps and it’s true. You never know who you'll meet when you leave the house. I always felt I had to be prepared. Later in life I needed a job to fund my love of clothes—and that’s how I ended up at KPMG.
I started finding my own style when I cut my hair. I went to a hair salon specializing in curly hair and they butchered it. I’d innocently looked for a place that would cater to curly hair for $40 [laughs]. I had to fix it by cutting it shoulder length and suddenly—that terrible cut that I had to repair by taking off a ton of length—opened so many doors stylistically. Clothes became so much more fun. I started getting into pops of color. Sometimes I even create mood boards to inspire me to get dressed each season. If a piece I want doesn’t exist, I make it! I’m a self-taught seamstress thanks to YouTube.
I’m a self-taught seamstress thanks to YouTube.
I don’t wear too many patterns—pretty much only stripes—I don’t like things that stand out too much. I dress in color families, this has become a large part of my aesthetic. A way to create a unique look without distracting too much. At work you’ll often find me in a simple trench over a high-rise skirt or pant and a shirt in the same color family as the skirt. On the weekends I love all-white looks with a flat shoe and a small bag or something that pops.
“3 THINGS” WITH SHEREEN
3 instagram accounts your love to follow:
@luciazolea, @okayjaimie, @aurorajames
3 books you return to again and again:
Many Lives, Many Masters by Brian Weiss, Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri, and On Beauty by Zadie Smith
Your "uniform" in 3 pieces:
Dress, sandals, purse.
As told to AM January 17th, 2019
Photographed by Lucy Laucht