Mall à la mode


Catie McLain WEBBy Elizabeth Kerin
Staff Writer

EK: Reflecting upon your time here at the University of Dallas, how much has your fashion sense evolved? Since you’re from the Irving area, how much influence do you think UD had upon this?
CM: When I first came to UD, I had been wearing school uniforms for 12 years. At my high school, on the rare occasion that we could choose what we wanted to wear, I had been reprimanded a few times for wearing things that were too “flashy” or “out there.” I definitely felt very liberated at UD, even though it took me a while to get used to the concept of not having a dress code. I went a little crazy and wore a lot of studs and pleather and animal ears; but in my defense that was hip at the time. Since then I think I’ve developed a more mature aesthetic. I’m definitely influenced by the intellectual aura of UD that in my mind translates to muted tones, floral patterns, and leather boots – usually with an espresso in hand as well.

EK: How have you found that your [drama] major has been influential on the way that you dress?
CM: The clothes you wear change how you feel, how you move, how you talk to other people and definitely how they talk to you. It’s very similar to the way your costume contributes to the creation of a character onstage. It’s fun to experiment with what I wear depending on the roles that I have during a semester. The way I dress when I’m playing a queen may not be how I dress when I’m playing a secretary, for example.

EK: What are some of your favorite looks? Do you have any go-to stores?
CM: Most of my favorite looks are centered around pieces that I stole from my mother’s wardrobe. I also regularly borrow from my sisters, brothers, dad, roommates. My go-to store is other people’s closets. Also, Urban Outfitters, Free People and local thrift stores.

EK: With what era do you most associate your fashion sense? Would you describe your look as being inspired by the past at all?
CM: Well it changes of course but right now I’m very inspired by the silhouettes of the ‘70s. I wouldn’t say that my style is necessarily nostalgic but how can you look at a picture of Jane Birkin and not be inspired?

EK: How would you describe your look?
CM: Subject to the whim of the day.

EK: Do you know anyone who owns your ideal wardrobe?
CM: Bianca Jagger in the ‘70s. There are very few people who can pull off the evening gown and walking cane combo, but she definitely can.

EK: Do you have any fashion advice for the reader?
CM: Challenge yourself to wear something that you like but you’re afraid might be seen as strange or “too much.” It’s a good way of practicing confidence.


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