My Uniform: Shereen Mohammad
Account Manager, KPMG

My Uniform: Shereen Mohammad <br /> 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.

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.

Standard Jumpsuit in Army Green Cotton Twill
Cotton Crewneck Sweater in Natural
Tie Cuff Balmacaan Jacket in Italian Cotton

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

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