When 20-year-old Sophia Stiles isn’t playing for the Lady Griz, she can be spotted on the bench in fun, flashy outfits. The sophomore from Malta, Montana, studies psychology but has a passion for fashion. We decided to talk with her about some of her off-court moves.
MONTANA KAIMIN: WHAT WOULD YOU SAY INSPIRES YOUR STYLE?
Sophia Stiles: I’m pretty fashion forward. I like to try and find items that I think are cute that aren’t necessarily super trendy.
MK: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
SS: If you see me on campus, it consists of sweatpants and sweatshirts. But, if you see me on a day that I don’t have morning practice and I felt like, you know, getting dressed, I would say I decide what vibe I’m feeling the day. Lately, I feel like I’ve been getting Spice Girl vibes.
MK: WHERE ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP?
SS: Forever 21 is definitely my favorite store. I do a lot of online shopping in Malta. We have one clothing store in the entire town.
MK: WHAT DO YOU STUDY? IS IT FASHION-RELATED?
SS: I’m actually a psychology major. But, I was just telling my roommate, “I just need to learn how to start sewing and tailoring my own clothes, so I can just buy things from the Goodwill and turn them into whatever I want.” That would be pretty chill. I love Project Runway.
MK: HOW DOES YOUR PASSION FOR BASKETBALL COMBINE WITH YOUR PASSION FOR FASHION?
SS: You got to look good to feel good to play good.
MK: WHERE DO YOU THINK YOUR PASSION FOR CLOTHES COMES FROM?
SS: You can express yourself. It makes you feel good.
MK: DO YOU HAVE ANY FINAL WORDS ABOUT STYLE OR CLOTHES?
SS: I just saw this sign in Goodwill. I almost bought it, I really liked what it said. “Fashion changes but style is forever.” That’s totally true.