Style Profile: Riya

Think glamorous and Canberran and the first person who comes to mind is Riya from the divine Instagram account, Looking Through Her Closet. YSL bag in hand, Moet in the frame and the most killer wardrobe in the land, Riya is pure class and style.

What stands out even more than the designer threads is the heart that permeates everything Riya does – she is 100% a girl gang girl, she supports those around her with open arms and, without sounding like I am suffering a severe fan girl moment, she radiates warmth and beauty.

Riya mixes designer pieces into her wardrobe with complete ease, elevating her to the style stakes of fashion capitals and cities from afar. She truly does have it all…


What does style mean to you?

Self-expression. A way to show the world who you are and what you are about without having to say a word.

Summarise your style in 5 words…

I don’t know if I have 5…but I think it can be accurately summed up in 3 –  Cool, Luxe, Edgy

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Top 3 items in your wardrobe…

–          Gucci T-shirt

–          Chanel Boy Bag

–          Good old nude heels from Windsor Smith.

Currently lusting after…

I saw this Balenciaga virgin wool sweater on Net-A-Porter, and I haven’t really slept since.

Who/What inspires your style?

People, cities, moments.

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Where can we find you in your spare time?

On the couch watching crime documentaries or on a street corner taking those Gram photos.

Favourite magazine?

Vogue. I just feel it feeds me more. Yea, I’ve been binging on SATC lately.

Heels or flats?

Heels, I just have this obsession with being tall.

Dresses or jeans?

I actually do not own any jeans. Shocking, I know right? It might change this year. So I guess, that makes me a dress girl through and through.

Leather or denim?

Leather Leather Leather

Red lip or nude lip?

So, Ruby Woo by Mac is my favourite lipstick…which would mean I love a perfect red pout. But recently I’ve found my go to nude lipliner by ‘By Terry’….so both?

Most stylish space in Canberra?

There are so many beautiful places in Canberra with incredible layouts and décor, so picking out the most stylish space is definitely quite difficult. One place that I love time and time again is ‘The Lab’. It’s my resident brow place and is no doubt one of the most instagrammable places in Canberra. I love how the interior is decorated, and the incredible wall mural by local artist, Jessica Cochrane.

Ultimate style icon?

This is a tough one. There are so many incredible fashion legends out there and I love their style, even if it is vastly different from my own. But if there was one all-time favourite, it would have to be Christine Centenera. Obsessed with her style. It’s bad ass, luxe and chic all combined in one.

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Favourite style quote?

I don’t really have a favourite style quote, but one that I do like is by fashion legend, Hollywood costume designer Edith Head – “You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it”. It’s about dressing the way you want the world to see you. Dressing how you want to be addressed. I think it’s probably the best pieces of fashion advice out there.

Where can we style stalk you? 

You can find me on the Gram @lookingthroughhercloset


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