Name: Mary Moss
Major: Human Sciences in the Contemporary World
EK: How would you describe your look?
MM: It’s pretty eclectic, or at least to me it is. For me, I feel like I switch every other day. When I was in high school I really wanted to dye my hair pink … And if you look at me now, I don’t think people would think that about me. I think it’s pretty bohemian. But I really like including classic pieces, I love Madewell, and I love riding boots. I think it changes.
EK: How is your look inspired by where you’re from and how would you compare your style to the look back home?
MM: I’m from Washington, D.C. and I wouldn’t consider myself to be ‘East Coast’ by any means. I actually feel like I fit in more at the University of Dallas than I did at my high school. My family is bicultural — my dad is hispanic and my mom is from Lincoln, Ill. And I’m the only girl in a family of boys. So I think my style is very individual because I always loved fashion but I was never copying anybody, because my mom isn’t fashionable at all and then I just had my brothers.
EK: So, where do you look for inspiration?
MM: For inspiration I love reading Vogue. I love Vogue. But I don’t think my style has anything to do with what I see in Vogue. I love flea markets. It’s weird, but I think my style is more accurately represented in interior design. Sometimes if I see a room that I like I’ll pick up elements of the room and include it in my dress.
EK: Do you have anything that grinds your gears — an outstanding fashion faux pas in your eyes — or any trends that you’re not enjoying right now?
MM: A fashion faux pas that I really don’t like, and I’ve done this before, but now I see how bad this looks; I hate high heels with shorts. That’s definitely a thing, and I’m not saying just stilettos with shorts, it’s even wedges with shorts … It just doesn’t look good. As far as trends go, I don’t know — this fall I’m definitely trying not to do the legging thing. I have worn leggings to class but I think it’s very unoriginal.
EK: Do you have any fashion advice for the reader? Keep the UD audience in mind, but of course you can also speak to the broader fashion world.
MM: I think for the UD reader, one of my favorite things about UD is that everyone is so individual. Whether you’re super into fashion or not, how you dress is important. What really makes me grind my teeth is when people think they’re above fashion. Because I think everyone cares … Even if you don’t care about fashion, you care about giving that look, you know what I mean? My advice would be to stop saying that you don’t care and rock your look, even if it’s care-free! Because that’s what makes UD so great!