“You can’t face the world in a cotton-spandex blend,” Mary Kate said. And maybe she's exactly right. Clothing can more than a necessity to keep us inadequately-prepared-for-the-cold humans warm in the winter months; it is the first form of expression we present to others. The experience of wearing something you feel beautiful in is powerful. The confidence that ensues propels us as we live and interact with the world, and find our place in it. You are all beautiful. Seek accessories as you do ornaments for an evergreen tree, if you've decorated one. I look at those trees and see their beauty and majesty long before they're adorned with bulbs and ornaments. But adding those — especially the hand-crafted ones made by little hands in elementary classrooms — adds personality and cheer. We have the opportunity to express ourselves through our decoration as well, and Mary Kate exemplifies a Fashionista's passion for style perfectly.
Name: Mary Kate Irrgang
CollegeFashionista: How does living in a college town influence the way you dress and express yourself?
Mary Kate Irrgang: Living in Bloomington has allowed me more freedom of expression with my clothing. I have always dressed a little differently than people in my small hometown, but I always had to tone it down. College towns allow you to go a little wild with clothing.
CF: What winter trend are you excited to embrace?
MI: Hats! I do not own many, but I am excited to start incorporating them in to my wardrobe; they are just so fun and quirky. They definitely add something to an outfit.
CF: Why is expressing your style through fashion important to you?
MI: Expression through fashion is one of the most important forms of expression, because it is extremely personal. You walk around in it; you live your life in it. It can say a lot about you.
CF: Why not just wear sweatpants to class?
MI: I am glad this question was asked. Sweatpants do not make me feel good about myself. The actual feeling of them is great, don’t get me wrong, but they are not something that I would feel confident enough to do a daunting task in.
CF: What is your favorite outfit of yours, and why? What does it say about your style and personality?
MI: This is a really difficult question because I am always getting rid of the old and bringing in the new. Two of my favorite pieces of clothing would have to be a pair of my Mom’s old cowboy boots that I wear a lot. They are extremely comfortable and are completely unexpected. My second favorite piece is a little boy’s blazer I picked up at Goodwill two years ago. It makes the perfect ¾ length blazer, looked great with my uniform in high school, and was only $2. How can you beat that?
How To: Look out for interesting coats, like Mary Kate's leopard printed pea coat. My fellow Guru shares some secrets to finding a statement coat here. My favorite part of this ensemble, though, is her mid-length skirt, of midi, as it's being affectionately called. Asos and American Apparel are all over this skirt, which is, in my opinion, a perfect length for heels. They come in beautiful colors, patterns and fabricts. This one, from ASOS, is plaid and pleated. Do some internet exploring and find one that suits your style. That's the main idea, after all. Find clothing that you are comfortable and confident in, and you will shine.