FASHIONISTO SPOTLIGHT: Madison Wetter

You have put in countless hours working on your resume and slaving away, producing cover letter after cover letter, when finally you land an interview at your dream company only to find out that your interview is during your 90 minute break from class. Factor in your 20 minute ride there and back and you quickly realize that you don’t have any time to change your outfit. Now, you are faced with the arduous task to choose out an outfit that screams “Hire me,” but will still be comfortable enough to wear to your three hour lecture. Oh, the horror!

But there’s no need to worry, because, as always, all you have to do is look to the runway for some style inspiration. Look no further than 2010 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner Billy Reid’s spring 2012 menswear collection, designed to fuse his Southern background with Wall Street style. For its presentation, the collection styled structured blazers with casual knit shirts and pants to provide the delicate contrast of hard and soft perfect for a casual business look.

For part two of my student to employee posts (see post one here), I spotted Fashionisto Madison Wetter dressed to impress outside of SMG. Madison paired strong professional pieces to create the quintessential Reid look by incorporating textured fabrics, like a wool blazer and knit cardigan to soften the leather elements of his look. With his strategic mastery of this fashion conundrum, I would hire him — wouldn’t you?

Name: Madison Wetter

Major: Business Administration

Year: Sophomore

CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your personal style?

Madison Wetter: I would say that my style usually tends to be more on the classic side. It somewhat depends on the day. I have been told on more than one occasion that I dress like I am from the ‘50s. That’s not what I purposely aim for, but I can see how it would appear that way.

CF: Who and what inspire your personal style?

MW: While magazines, people on the street and other exposures to fashion inspire my personal style, my main inspiration is myself. I don’t mean that selfishly, I simply mean that I buy what I like. I see something and just kind of know that it is right for me; I don’t get too brand focused. I try to avoid trends and am never afraid of a little fashion faux pas. I don’t think getting a little weird with fashion is ever a bad thing. It’s what makes it fun. If I had to pinpoint one source of inspiration, it is the kids that I see walking down the street who wear really interesting, fashion-forward outfits. I think it’s great and what the business is all about.

CF: What do you think is the value/importance of fashion?

MW: While I definitely don’t think that outer appearances are all that encompass a person, I think that fashion can say a lot about whom you are. They say that first impressions are made within seconds of meeting somebody and, well, you never know whom you’re going to bump into. I tend to dress more formally because I like people to view me as a person having class and poise (it balances out my otherwise ungraceful self!). I think that how well groomed a person looks says a lot about how they feel about themselves. Fashion is also important in the sense that it is one of the few non-verbal ways people get to express themselves. We are living self-portraits, in some sense, which I think is great!

CF: Do you have any advice for your fellow Fashionistos (guys)?

MW: Usually if something doesn’t look right when you look at your dressed-self in the mirror, it probably isn’t. I rely quite a lot on my gut feeling and I just try different things. Combine different pieces of clothing in different ways and never fear experimentation.

CF: What is your number one fashion “don't”?

MW: My one fashion don’t… That’s a tough question. I guess my one fashion don’t would be don’t fear trial and error. People are going to judge you no matter what you are wearing so that should be of no concern. I would say the perfect getup is tasteful, outrageous and uniquely yours!

How To: To get this Fashionisto’s business-minded look, start with a flattering pair of black skinny jeans. Then, wear a plain blue oxford shirt with a fashion-forward skinny tie. Layer on a green knit cardigan and a gray wool blazer. Be sure to wear classic accessories that have a modern twist — like a black belt with an interesting metal buckle and the amazing Cole Haan oxfords and Persol sunglasses Madison wore. And just like that, you’re ready to run from class to an interview, which, you’re sure to ace with this outfit.

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