Whether they’re roller skating down Jayhawk Boulevard or working in the chemistry lab, Jaycee Mayfield always puts a lot of thought behind their outfits. A fourth year graduate student at KU, Mayfield describes their style as practical and unique.
“It’s taken me a long time to finally reach a point where I’m comfortable in clothes that I wear,” Mayfield says. “Coming into my mid-twenties has changed my style drastically away from the feminine presentation I used to let myself be pressured into.”
Originally from Sallisaw, Oklahoma, Mayfield is part of the Cherokee and Mvskoke tribes.
As a Native person in the skating community, Mayfield says there is a lack of fear of judgement concerning style amongst both groups.
“Although the motivations differ, there is this shared investment in challenging social norms that I believe is rooted in understanding the harm that capitalism and colonized thinking has on individuality and culture,” Mayfield says.
When it comes to shopping, Mayfield likes to support small brands. Mayfield says they know the “importance of community and supporting those who you have the opportunity to connect with.” One of their style icons is Sydne Rain, a Mvskoke jewelry designer who’s also part of the roller skating community.
Rain’s beadwork has recently also grabbed the public’s attention because of its punk influence.
“Seeing their ability to branch out of their comfort zone and embrace their self expression in the form of beadwork has inspired me to do the same in my own ways”, Mayfield says.
Mayfield’s style is influenced by their own relationship with gender and social norms.
“I’m ADHD and non-binary, so I follow the mantra of clothing not being gendered and I’m not scared to throw a stim toy on a belt loop as an accessory,” Mayfield says.