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David Ramirez, Contributing Writer

SONY DSCMarty Welsh
Year: Senior
Major: Biology

Shirt: Old Navy
Vintage scarf re-purposed as a belt: Vincent de Paul.
Skirt: Armani. Vincent de Paul.
Tights: Target
Boots: Payless

DR: Who are some of your fashion influences?
MW: Madame Poublan, Audrey Hepburn, Laura Grosso, Nicki Minaj, Dr. Norris and the Venus de Milo.

DR: How do you shop on a college student’s budget?
MW:  Thrift. All thrift, all the time. (Okay, and a little Target and H&M thrown in on the side.) Thrifting is a treasure hunt. One of my favorite finds was a J. Crew sweater for 50 cents. You have to dig through some rubbish, but good clothes don’t have to be expensive (and you can always save the bad clothes for 80s TGIT).

DR: Is there a particular song that captures your fashion choices?
MW: What, what, what, what? Obviously my official theme song: “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore. That’s my life right there.

DR: In your opinion, what was the best decade for fashion?
MW: ‘60s, but not flower-child ‘60s – more like Parisian chic, tailored dresses, clean lines, pencil skirts, men in suits with skinny ties (hint hint, UD boys). Think Mad Men, but with less promiscuity.

DR: Do you have any fashion advice for the readers?
MW: Red. My fashion advice is red. Always include an element of red in your outfit – a red coat, red lipstick, red heels, red skirt, red hair. Be red. Live red. Turn heads. But seriously, dress for respect, never for attention, and certainly never for comfort. (FYI: Leggings break all of these rules.)

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