Angela’s vivid, sense of style demands attention on the UM campus. By her bright yellow Dr. Marten boots and cat-patterned sweater, it’s easy to see that this 18-year-old fashion’s sense is one-of-a-kind. We caught up with Angela outside of her dorm to chat about bold ensembles, bows, and who she dresses to impress.
How would you describe your personal sense of style?
I would say that I’m not so much trendy, but I’m definitely quirky. Regardless of what I’m wearing, I’m always put together in some sort of way.
Where do you draw inspiration for your outfits?
Some days I try to imitate the classic, polished style of the 50’s. Other times I go for the grandpa style and throw on a crazy-patterned crewneck sweater. I never seem to fall into one category, but I guess that describes my personality as well.
What are some of your must-haves?
Definitely Dr. Marten’s or bows; I’m always wearing one or the other. Or patterns like stripes and polka dots. Oh, and I can’t forget cats. My love for cats sometimes findss its way into my outfits. You might be able to tell from my sweater.
So, besides cats, what additional factors influence your style, considering your college schedule?
I think the most important factor would be how many hours of sleep I got the night before. The more hours I get, the better I look. Also, it depends on what day of the week it is. On Tuesdays and Thursdays I like to look good for a certain one of my professors.
What’s your fashion pet peeve?
When it comes to an outfit, nothing annoys me more than multiple people telling me they’ve seen, or even own, what I’m wearing. I used to be really into places like Forever 21, and still, some of my favorite blouses are from there, but that’s where everybody shops. I see fashion as a form of self-expression, so looking like everyone else defeats the purpose.
What are some of your favorite places to shop?
If it’s not just sifting through my mom’s closet for some great pieces from the 80’s and 90’s, I would definitely have to say Ragstock [of Ann Arbor]. Ragstock’s clothes hit the nail on the head and really help me to stand out and make an impression. That’s where my cat sweater’s from! They just have a lot of fun, super colorful, quirky, unique, obscure pieces that I can either give a personal twist to, or can make the statement of the day for me. And I can almost guarantee nobody knows who I’m wearing!