Style Icon: Steffie Rosene


Steffie Rosene

Steffie checks out the Liberty Park soccer fields from a different perspective. Her Xhilaration dress, American Eagle jean jacket and Steve Madden belt make a perfect winter-to-spring transition outfit. This H & M frock embraces Steffie’s girly side, as well as her love for coral and lace.

Sophomore at Vestavia Hills High School

Written by Tracy James

Photographed by Chuck St. John

The mirror has two faces when it comes to 15-year-old Steffie Rosene’s personal style. In one is reflected an athlete in Vestavia–logoed shin guards who has played soccer since the age of 4; in another, a willowy, self-described “girly-girl” donning a favorite dress. “Athletic chic” is how this Vestavia High School sophomore labels her personal style. (And that’s “chic” pronounced properly since Steffie speaks French fluently, thanks to her French-Canandian mom.)

Like many teenagers, Steffie likes to follow trends, but not in an over–the–top way. A preference for comfort and classic lines still comes into play, which keeps ensembles age appropriate. “People shouldn’t have to question how old you are,” she says, advising that teen clothing should be “youthful and fun while still maintaining appropriate coverage.” That said, Steffie points out that “teenagers are at a time in our lives when we have the freedom to invent our own personal style, experimenting with what works and what doesn’t.” Style experiments she would prefer to see left in the lab? Guys in saggy pants and girls in Nike shorts worn with Ugg boots.

Steffie turns to fashion magazines for inspiration and ideas, evidenced by the knee-high stacks of Teen Vogue and Seventeen by her bed. According to Steffie, styles that swept through Vestavia High School in recent months have included t-shirts with scarves, bandanas worn as headbands, and oversized pullovers with leggings. Her trend forecast for Spring 2013? Lace, platform shoes and wedges, small cross body purses, statement prints and bold eyebrows.

Celeb style mentors include actress Anne Hathaway, Canadian model Coco Rocha and Australian model Miranda Kerr. At 5’10”, Steffie had always thought of modeling herself, so last year auditioned to walk the runway in Birmingham Fashion Week. After qualifying for and enjoying the experience, Steffie signed with a local agency, Real People Models and Talent. Thus modeling is now added to her busy schedule of soccer, making straight A’s, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and, of course, shopping.

Both mom and daughter enjoy shopping for bargains; some of Steffie’s favorite haunts include Target, H&M (she stops in the Huntsville location when traveling for soccer tournaments), TJ Maxx, Forever 21 and DSW. “I can never pass up a cute pair of shoes in my size (10),” she admits.

Steffie Rosene has embraced what can be a struggle for some teens: a willingness to experiment and evolve in order to find one’s personal style. For now, Steffie is comfortable in her sometimes soccer star, sometimes girly–girl skin — a look that is, most importantly, her own.

Another H & M favorite, this dress was bought for last year’s Birmingham Fashion Week casting. Urban Outfitters earrings.

Steffie prefers to keep accessories simple, usually sticking to only one statement piece, especially when there is detail in a garment, like the beading in this strapless linen dress. Kelly & Kaite shoes from DSW.

Studying at home, Steffie wears Xhilaration blouse and Kenneth Cole jeans. Even the colorful covers and her textbooks reflect her fresh and youthful style.

Stacked in front of artwork painted by the Icon herself are some of her favorite go-to fashion magazines, including LouLou, a Canadian fashion magazine that is printed in both English and French.

One Response to “Style Icon: Steffie Rosene”

  1. Katie says:

    So proud to call Steffie one of my close friends. I couldn’t think of a more humble or beautiful person, inside and out, to be featured.

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