Name: Codie Barry
Major: English with an art history concentration
EK: How would you describe your own style?
CB: I think I kind of resent people having describable styles because … I dress according to what mood I’m in, so if I’m happy maybe I’ll wear bright colors, or if I’m sad maybe I’ll wear bright colors to be happier. Sometimes you want to feel really stylish and you wear black … Since there’s no way to describe it, I guess you could say “eclectic.”
EK: Where do you find most of your pieces?
CB: All over. I do like to shop at thrift stores and flea markets and stuff like that. But I also think it is important that you don’t only have to buy used clothes … These shoes are from Anthropologie but [my dress] is from a thrift store. And [my shirt] is from Gitman Bros., it’s like an American company … I get a lot of my jewelry from my Great Aunt Ruth.
EK: That sounds like something from a book!
CB: I know! She died when I was 11 or 12 and we weren’t close at all, but my mom got all of her old jewelry … I don’t have pierced ears and they’re all clip-ons, which is amazing. She was this really quiet old woman from Worcester, Mass. but she had these giant purple disco earrings and real garish jewelry.
EK: I’m trying to recall some of the interesting things we were talking about related to fashion philosophy … things that you’ve noticed about UD style.
CB: One thing that is really important, I think, when people shop is not thinking about where their clothes come from … When you buy something that’s mass-produced, you have to know that it was probably made in Vietnam or Indonesia or India, and maybe a child made it. So I think that should be what people think about when they buy clothes.
EK: Where does fashion fit into your life? Do you view it as art? Do you view it as a means of expression?
CB: I judge people really harshly on what they wear and that’s because that’s the first thing you notice about someone. So when someone says that they don’t care about fashion … that’s your image now. That is what you’re showing to the world. And what you show to the world is really, really important. So I do view fashion as a form of expression, but isn’t that really what art is? It does become this vehicle for creativity and uniqueness and avant-garde. You can make really interesting things on your body and everyone can see it and everyone can know about it it. And that’s what I love most about fashion.
EK: Fashion advice for the UD community — what would be your spiel?
CB: I guess Birkenstocks are a thing now … I don’t have a problem with that, but my dad wears them and he wears them with socks, and I like them fine like that, but that’s curious to me. I don’t know what that has to do with anything. I guess my point is that I met people freshman year who had a specific style and then I would see that their style would slowly morph into what their friends wore too. So one person might be a sundress-wearing person but then slowly became the flannel [and] Mason jar type. So I guess we do have a UD image and it is flannel shirts and birkenstocks and that’s not a bad thing, but it is a bad thing if that’s not your style and that’s what you’re doing.