What the Other Person Thinks

An Insight on Gender Perception

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There is a well-known saying, women don’t dress for men because if they did they would be naked; women dress for other women, referred to by designer, Betsey Johnson. This is a controversial truth, but there is questioning about who people dress for and more importantly how others perceive it. Often, individuals, who have passion for their freedom to exercise their personal style are outcasted by this stray of normality. On the inside they may have that “I-don’t-care-what-people think” mindset, they wear what they want because it makes them happy, but what about the ones who aren’t as confident and maybe care more about what people think of their exterior armour. What do people think about both of these separate dressers? Do people really notice? We wanted cold, hard opinions and what better than from the gracious, but honest guys on our college campus. We would explore the inner thoughts of others by asking what they really think of the outfits that make individuals feel happiest in, but are unique to their counterparts.

I spoke with Marcel Smith, Colton Johnson, Derek Boone, Nate Proffitt, and John Davis-Lopez to answer some of these burning thoughts, and to my surprise their answers were often unanimous, giving us consistent insight into the brains of ones we may not have ever gotten the answers to. I started with the simple question of what do they notice in a person they find attractive from afar.

The first observation was noticeable effort, John stated “I find it attractive when you can tell that effort is put into their appearance” and Nate complemented “and they’re not timid to express their personality in their appearance.” Then posture, “what many people overlook I feel, is posture. People look happier, more friendly and overall more attractive with good posture” Colton commented.

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What is your instinct thought when a someone is wearing a bold piece of clothing?

Nate started with “I think in general I have a lot of respect for people who think outside of the box with their outfits because they don’t necessarily follow a pattern for what is typical or popular.” Similarly, Colton followed with “It takes courage to wear something that will stand out in a crowd. You are wanting to draw attention to your outfit and therefore yourself which is hard for many people these days to do (not behind a screen).” John contradicted though, he explained  I will find it more intimidating to talk to [a girl]. I’m already not bold in general, so by her wearing something bold (well, it’s more in how they carry themselves) I’m going to think that I have no chance.  Marcel also affirmed it’s in “the way she wears her clothes that say a lot about her.”

In general, what draws you to a person?

“Their personality, how open they are to meeting new people, if I can be myself around them without being judged,” noted Derek. Colton seconded, “ to have a personality to back up your outfit is important.” Nate expanded by saying “confidence and people who are positive because it is clear that they are comfortable in their own skin and have a healthy outlook on life.”

Do you think there is a stigma on people who wear outfits that are seen as crazy or unconventional? Why do you think that is?

They all agreed that “a stigma is there, and people are judged for being different.” John added, “People like things the way they are. Seeing something bold will affect what they see as normal.” “There is even a greater problem in male fashion, Colton stated, “where ‘dressing up’ has fundamentally meant the same thing for a 100 years. I was talking to my girlfriend about how depressing it is that we spend countless hours looking for a wedding dress, but when the big day comes [the male is] expected to throw on essentially the same black tux that [his] father did and his father’s father did. “ Nate also commented that “it has gotten a little better, but it used to be that men who took time in their appearance, in clothing and/or hair were labeled gay. “I still see this many cases,” Colton replied.

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It is often perceived that when someone wears an outfit that is viewed as flashy and “out there” in their everyday lives, they really putting on a costume, trying to be a specific character. Do you feel this is true with females?

Colton explained that he doesn’t “believe that putting on a flashy outfit means that they are putting on a character. If anything changes, it is their confidence level which can influence their personality, though that does not change them as a person.” Correspondingly, Derek stated “they might just be a more confident version of themselves.” Nate profoundly commented “I don’t think wearing something different means that you are trying to be someone different it’s just expression in a way that others may have not seen before.”

What do you admire and notice most when approaching a girl? And would you say this is similar in what you see in your guy friends?

Remarkably, most of them mentioned shoes. “Specifically, I pay attention to shoes. Shoes are a big thing for guys” Nate initiated. Colton then stated, they are “the hardest part of the outfit to get right. Picking the right shoe is an art.” Marcel added “I look at that their smile and their shoes.” Then it was about being comfortable in their own skin, John stated, “I admire when someone I  approach can be completely themselves. I admire when they’re not afraid of what other people think,” “This applies for both my male and female friends,” Derek concluded.

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Lastly, do you believe females dress for men, themselves, or other women? Or is it a combination?

“I think that if you ask any girl this question most likely the answer will be for herself.  I believe that is true to some extent, but behind the scenes there is more to the story,” Colton noted. And elaborated, “Our perception of beauty comes from others, so while you are looking cute for yourself, your concept of “cute” came from someone else. In some ways, you are dressing for other women. Now we can go even deeper and figure out what these women were thinking when they made these opinions. Was the look for sex appeal? Nine times out of ten this is the point of fashion. It’s why sells fashion. You could then make the argument that most women dress for men.” For Derek, he feels “different people dress for different reasons. Some people dress for themselves, less confident people might dress to impress others, and those who want a boyfriend might dress to impress a guy they’re talking to.” Marcel related, “I think that it depends on the situation, but for the most part they dress for themselves first and others second.” John summed it up by saying it’s “a combination of the three.”

From asking all of these questions, what struck me was the commonality between their answers. It wasn’t that one had an extreme view from the next, but that they all were aware and impacted by the same features and beliefs, aside from their various backgrounds. Clothes are quite frankly our exterior code of armour, for more reasons than physical safety, but they also can be an instant glimpse of an individual’s personality. What a person wears can define who they are, especially when they do it with confidence and are truly happy in their sartorial selections, and based on the guys’ answers, people notice.

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Special thanks to the five guys who were interviewed. Follow Colton on Instagram @superlativesound, Marcel @marsmith7, Derek @derekthabombb, Nate @nateproffitt63, and John @blackjuan94.

Words by Maia Wilson

Edit by Carolina Gonzalez

Photographs by Blaise Butera

Follow models, Schuyler Hardy @skycornelius and Ximena Arista @xvmena

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This is NOT a Thrifted Haul

Styling your Thrifted Treasures

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As college students, we are all trying to spend less money on clothes we buy because let’s face it, we are a cliche of “broke college kids.” The problem though is not looking like we shopped in the discounted section at GoodWill. The editors at NuView accepted the challenge of looking much more elevated than our wallets allow by styling our thrifted finds to create unique looks that can easily be mimicked. Scroll below to discover new ways to style outfits without looking cheap!

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Follow our models, Megan McHugh and Gianna Schneider on Instagram  @meganashleymchugh and @lightofgigi

Styled by Rose Kuo, Taylar Gomez, Maia Wilson, Michaela Bull, Carolina Gonzalez, and Reilly Farris

Photographed by Michaela Bull

Words by Maia Wilson

Shoot Coordinated by Carolina Gonzalez

Why I Dress Up for Class

A personal essay and the facts behind wearing what fits your personality

Upon reading the title of this article I know I am receiving a massive eyeroll from just about every college student out there… but hear me out you guys, I swear, I do have a point.



I will admit, most days I wake up thinking I should just walk out my front door in my pajamas without even glancing in the mirror; but I know that if I do this, I will never truly “leave my bed.” I will just be stuck in this grumpy and tired mentality all day and won’t accomplish as much as I’d like. So here are a few reasons as to why I get ready for class each morning:

1. You just feel more confident. Personally, I have never been one to have my life completely together and running smoothly, so at least by getting ready for school I can fool people into thinking that I do. It’s a given that most college students are struggling to some degree (pun intended) to make ends meet, but that doesn’t mean that we want the whole world to be able to notice “the struggle” when they glance our way.

2. When you find a job and have to wear full-on business attire and be ready at 7 A.M. every morning it won’t seem so bad, because you will already be accustomed to getting up early and looking put-together. It is also a great time to see what types of  looks you like and how you can make them your own before you officially enter the workforce.



3. You always want to dress to impress or to attract the kind of people you want in your life. Even if you don’t want to fess up, most humans formulate impressions about others’ characters seconds after meeting them. It’s just the way humans are wired. The way you dress and present yourself really communicates who you are as a person, so you always want to leave them thinking highly of you!

4. Lastly, when you’re in a fashion-related major, the pressure is ON. Not always from just other classmates within the major itself, either. When I am meeting someone for the first time (on or off campus) and I tell them what my major is, they will literally glance me over and make a snap judgement as to whether or not I know what I am doing by how I am dressed. So, it seems I have to always be on top of my game and ready to prove myself at a moment’s notice.



The research behind the madness:

Don’t take just my word for it… there have been countless studies and research backs me up on the reasons that I have provided you. Studies show that when you dress up your psyche will react in a more positive manner than it does when you “bum it out.” The research also showed that students who dress up for exams are more likely to score higher than those who do not. When you feel good, you do good. Have you ever heard of the saying, “Dress for Success”?  Well, that applies here folks!


Another applicable expression, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” There is some magical chemical being emitted in your brain biologically when you step into that power suit or certain outfit that you just totally vibe with. You feel that power and confidence start rapidly coursing through your veins and it puts you in total control of your attitude, enhances your performance, and in some cases it even stimulates creativity. An example of a popular study is the lab coat vs. doctor coat experiment. You may have heard of it, so I won’t bore you with the details but when boiled down, participants made far less errors while wearing the doctor’s coat in comparison to the lab coat simply because they felt that it being a doctor’s coat meant that it made them just as smart as a doctor. I am not making this up y’all! With all of this being said, you can still totally rock the leggings and oversized cozy tee-shirts on those days that you just can’t anymore and need to put your comfort above all else.



Just try it! Set your alarms for just 20 minutes earlier, get up, and find that outfit that makes your heart soar with excitement and gives you that boost of confidence that’ll get you that A+. (I will only accept partial credit for letting you in on the secret to success.) No harm no foul, am I right?

Oh and don’t forget to tag us in a photo of you in your power suit and share all of your success stories!

 

Research source via http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022103112000200

Words by Bailey Womack

Edits by Reilly Farris and Maia Wilson

Creative Direction by Michaela Bull

Imagery by Criselda Ocon

Modeled by Taylar Gomez

Shoot Coordinated by Carolina Gonzalez

Learn-to-Layer

Short vids on how to stay warm and still look trendy this Holiday season

Winter is here and inevitably there is no way to ignore the cold weather. Layering is always a go-to for battling the cold during this time of year, but that doesn’t mean this technique of putting on clothes has to be boring! To stay in vogue with this season’s colors, styles, and popular looks while layering different pieces of clothing is actually, quite simple and requires little extra time to get dressed. So, whether it’s freezing or just a bit nippy, here’s a quick guide on how to layer clothing this holiday season in order to stay warm while looking cute and trendy!

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LOOK #1

Dusty Cedar Lace Choker

+ Black Knitted Knee-High Socks

+ Black Heeled Booties

+ Sharkskin Grey Bralette

+ Spicy Mustard Mini Dress

+ Potter’s Clay Oversized Knitted Cardigan

+ White and Black Plaid Overcoat

+ Potter’s Clay Fringe Scarf

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LOOK #2

Black Thin Leather Choker

+White Faux Snakeskin Booties

+ Maroon Deep-V Halter Top Onesie

+ Boyfriend Jeans Rolled Up

+ White Long-Sleeved Criss-Cross Blouse

+ Charcoal Flowy Velvet Cardigan

+ Maroon Leather Moto Jacket

+ Maroon Knitted Beanie

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LOOK #3

Black Booties

+Dusty Cedar Bralette

+Plum Bohemian-Style Flowy Dress

+ Potter’s Clay Long-Sleeved Blouse

+ Silver Long Wrap-Around Beaded Necklace

+ Sharkskin Grey Faux Fur Jacket

+ Cream Scarf With Plum Colored Design

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LOOK #4

Brown Leather Booties

+ Black High-Waisted Ripped Jeans

+ Spicy Mustard Cropped Tank

+ Forest Green Knitted Chunky Sweater

+ Cream Cocoon Cardigan

+ Warm Taupe Coat

+ Cream Beanie

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LOOK #5

Forest Green Beaded Choker

+Black Booties

+ Cream Bralette

+ Charcoal V-Neck Shirt

+ Dark Grey Knitted Beanie

+ Forest Green Knitted Oversized Cardigan

+ Denim Long Loose-Fitted Jacket

+ Army Green Trench Coach

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LOOK #6

Mustard Knee-High Heeled Boots

+ Pomegranate Ditsy Floral Patterned Velvet Skirt

+Dusty Cedar Bralette

+ White V-Neck Shirt

+Maroon Long Wrap-Around Beaded Necklace

+ Warm Taupe Ribbed Sweater

+ Pomegranate Knitted Beanie

+ Black Leather Moto Jacket

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Happy Layering!

Words and Photography by Jacqui Simses

Styling by Jacqui Simses

Edit by Maia Wilson

Models: Haley Mosley, Alyson Sinz, and Monica Shockley

Feeling the Denim Blues?

5 unique and easy ways to take your denim to the next level

photo-1We all have that favorite pair of denim jeans that we wear constantly and we will probably never grow tired of. That one pair of jeans that you will have to pry out of our hands once they are too far gone, you know… that point where it’s no longer socially acceptable to wear them. But what about all the other pairs of jeans we have hanging in our closets? The ones we bought and never wear anymore because we are bored of them? What do we do with those? We get to work!

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Here are 5 ideas to get you in the mood:

Look One – Don’t Cringe… Fringe!

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Cut thin strips around the ankle of the denim (they will fray further after washing) then unleash your inner Picasso and use fabric paint to create your own print that is unique to you, here is where you can get super creative. Let it dry for 72 hours, then toss in the wash!

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Look Two – Ripped off

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You will not believe how easy this one is! Edward Scissorhands will be asking YOU for advice once you finish these jeans. Cut one hole along the left thigh and another on the right knee. Wash/Dry. To take the look one step further slip on a pair of fishnet tights.

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Look Three – Bat Those Lashes

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For this look first use chalk to sketch out the lashes then take fabric paint and a thin brush to trace over the chalk to create perfect eyelashes. The pocket embellishment was created by simply turning the jeans inside out and cutting out every part of the pocket. The hem on the bottom was completed by cutting out a rectangular shape along the inner ankle.

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Look Four – Take A Bow

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Grab some ribbon in your color of choice, cut two tiny holes, slip the ribbon through and tie a bow. Use a dot of glue to insure that the bow stays in its place. Apply this technique to add as many bows as your heart desires.

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Look Five – I’m Not a Wrapper

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Take one of your summer scarves and transition it into Fall by inserting the scarf into the belt loops of your jeans. Tie it in a bow, tie it in a knot, tie it however you want!

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We hope this article inspires you to go out and create your own special pair of denim! Don’t forget to share your beautiful creations on social media with the hashtag #nuviewmagazine. We cannot wait to see what you make!

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Words by Bailey Womack

Edit by Maia Wilson

Photography by Michaela Bull

Models: Chloe Gonzales, Bailey Womack, Andrea Grant, Kimmy Schram, and Sarah Mohring

View more from this denim shoot below

Strutting with Style

Life Tips and Laughs with Abby

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According to Abby Santillana, all you need is red lipstick,a great pair of shoes, and the confidence of a runway model to have a good day. People like my good friend Abby are hard to find. Her style is all encompassing. Her infectious joy for life and vivacious personality instantly make the people she interacts with feel like they’ve never had a bad day in their life! Abby is a merchandising and digital retailing major in here sophomore year at UNT. She is also the fashion coordinator for the Filipino Student Association’s Choreoblock dance team. I sat down with Abby and some Starbucks to chat about her passions, who inspires her, and tacos.   

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I just love the movement. The connection to any song that’s playing.

So, what brought you into dancing?

Gosh, what didn’t bring me into dancing? When I was three, I started dancing ballet, and my mom would take me dancing everyday. When I was 10, she wanted me to try something different. She took me to hip hop, and after that first class, I never went to ballet again.

What do you love about it?

Just the movement. The connection to any song that’s playing. I feel like I’m very good at freestyling because there are so many beats in a typical hip hop song, and I love just hitting those beats and getting that technicality. I just love feeling the music.

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I feel like I know myself a lot better as a dancer and as a person. That’s what brings me to dancing everyday.

What would you say is the most important thing dancing has done for you?

I think It has helped me express who I am because I didn’t know who I was, and what I wanted to do. I stopped dancing around my teenage years, but once I started dancing this past year, it really just brought me back to who I am. I feel like I know myself a lot better as a dancer and as a person. That’s what brings me to dancing everyday.

So, why fashion? What made you interested in the fashion industry?

I realized that fashion was my forte, when I went to New York City three years ago during Christmas time. Man, when I saw all those advertisements, the scenery, the lights, and skyscrapers… I remember I was reading a magazine at the time. I just realized, “wow, I’m in New York City, reading a Vogue Magazine. I want to do that!—I want to be able to go to New York, and be apart of the fashion industry to just live my life, live it well, and live it with style.

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I want to be able to live my life, live it well, and live it with style

So, what is your end goal in fashion?

So, right now I am thinking about being a fashion show producer, working at market as a visual merchandiser, or being a buyer. I really like the fashion shows, and how they work. I want to continue learning about them. I am really about the visual aspect of fashion.

What would you say is something you would want to change about the fashion industry?

I would like to see more cultural diversity in the fashion industry. I feel like I am starting to see progress pertaining to models. If I am going to be a fashion show producer, I would want the shows to be diverse in the clothes, themes, and the models that we’re choosing. I think it would be interesting to have a more culturally diverse industry.

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I love being the fashion coordinator because I get too create my own little vision of what I want.

I know that you are apart of the Filipino Student Association so, how has being in the fashion program and FSA here at UNT shaped you into who you are?

I think I’m more open minded and adventurous. I’m more of a risk taker. If I get an opportunity, I’m going to go for it, and say “Yes Man!” Back then [in high school] I would get to do something and I would ask questions like “do I have to dress nice? Now, I think “I get to dress nice, get to go out!” I love being at UNT because I have been able to have all of these opportunities.

Tell me about being the fashion coordinator for FSA.

It is a perfect mix of greatness and stress. It is up to me to figure out, what would look good on stage. Can they see all the way from the back? Can they see that yellow patch on the jackets under those bright lights. I really have to think of all of the aspects of anything that the dancers will wear. I always have to think about what will happen if this happens. I love it because I get to create my own little vision of what I want. I see it in my head, and if I can see it happen, I know I can make it happen. Overall, I’m the one that gets to choose how it looks overall. It’s my job to make them look good. The dance is definitely going to look good, but will the dancers look good? That’s my job. Doing this has really helped me to become a leader. This has shown me what it means to become a leader. It helped me learn how to choose the right things, and make decisions because I was afraid at first. Then I realized, “Hey, they picked me for a reason because they know what I can do. They know my background is fashion and they know I can get them a good look. If I go in full confidence, I’ll show them what I can do.

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Honey, put on your favorite shoes, and strut as if you’re on a runway. Smize baby, smize.

So, how would you describe your style.

I would describe it as very simple. A little bit of femininity, a little bit of edge, but still fun. I want to look confident and amazing at the same time.

What was it like working retail at Shop 112?

Uhh I loved it! It was my first job not working in the family business. My mom forced me to get out there and do something else. So, I used to work at a local boutique back in south Texas for the past two years. It was absolutely the most amazing experience I’ve ever had. I got to model for them, I got to style for them, I got to do a fashion show for them. I also was behind the scenes for one of their fashion shows. Because it was a local business, I got to see the manager, model, stylist, merchandiser, buyer, and  social media director. I got to see each one of those positions in the store. I think that really helped me with what I want to do, and what I’m interested in doing in the fashion industry.

What is your favorite fashion magazine?

Marie Claire. It’s because of Nina Garcia. I love her! My mom would always read it, and I would always have one. I loved to just see what Nina Garcia is loving, and what her top trends are.

What do you like about Nina?

She is very straightforward. She isn’t afraid to tell you how it is. She has that very unique style to her. I think because she’s Hispanic, my mom and I can relate to her in a certain way. She is very loveable. I think she’s charming. I think she has a good style and keeps it sophisticated and classy, but also has that Latin flare.

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My mom would wear something simple, then have that pp of color, and an accessory; she inspires me to do the same.

Who inspires you in fashion and life?

The first person I thought was my mom. She grew up in Mexico, and came over for a better life just like my dad. When she had me, she dressed me up like I was her doll. When I got into my teenage years, and I got more of an interest in the fashion industry, I would notice my mom and how she would dress herself. She was very simple, but would add a Spanish flare. She would wear her red lipstick, her big stone rings and statement necklaces. She would wear something simple, and then have that pop of color, and an accessory, and she inspires me to do the same. My mom is definitely my biggest inspiration.

Do you have any advice for anyone reading this?

I would say just have confidence! If you’re having a bad day, honey, put on your favorite shoes, and strut as if you’re on a runway. SMIZE BABY, SMIZE. That’s my thing. Smize, strut, and you know, when I’m having a bad day, that’s really what I do. I put on my favorite pair of booties. I go out there, and I strut my stuff. I strut as if I’m on a runway. Just be confident in anything that you do. Once you see something that you like, go for it. Take a chance. Take that opportunity. If you don’t, you might never get that opportunity again. Take it girl, take it!

Abby is someone who will go far in the industry. Her zeal for life and constant positive energy are things I aspire to have always, and will be able to get her extremely far in whatever she decides to set her mind to. I loved getting to sit down with her, and I hope that our readers get even a touch of how special of a soul she is.

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When I’m having a bad day, that’s really what I do— put on my favorite booties, I go out there, and strut my stuff. I strut as if I’m on a runway.

Follow Abby on Instagram @abbyandhercurls

Words by Miles Cantrell

Edits by Taylar Gomez, Carolina Gomez, and Maia Wilson

Photography by Michaela Bull

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Getting to Know HerPersonatalie

An Impeccable Actress with Enviable Style

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Natalie takes a big bite of something sweet at Denton’s famous, Beth Marie’s

Emerging actor and host, Natalie Szczechowski has interests outside of the theater world that include blogging and enhancing her personal style. She is involved in North Texas Television(NTTV)and previously hosted Late Night. She was also an executive producer for The Writer’s Room. Along with NTTV, Natalie has her personal blog, herpersonatalie.com, where her incomparable sense of style immediately caught my eye. It is exactly what you would think… a chic, well put together collection of all the things that make Natalie, well Natalie.

I got the chance to sit down with Natalie and ask her a few questions about her unique style and grand ambitions as a #GIRLBOSS.  

Since you’re interested in acting, hosting and fashion, what would your dream job be/do you want to try and fuse all three together? It is my goal to be a Comedic writer and eventually go on to write for Saturday Night Live. Acting is like my “meditation”. I love getting to partake in anything with a dramatic role. As for fashion, it’s something that I have always loved and will continue to do on the side.

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On set and in her element at NTTV studios

Who are some of your acting idols?

My idols include Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

What goes through your mind when you are get dressed in the morning?

When I first wake up and go to my closet my immediate thought is, “I have absolutely nothing to wear!!!” but then I’m like of course I do, that’s crazy. So my next thought is, “What vibe do I want to give off today?” or I’ll dress to reflect the mood I want to have that day.

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Prepping for her hosting gig, The Late Show

Do the garments that you choose aim to say anything specific?

Not really… I know people will formulate opinions and snap judgements of my character by what I am wearing, but I don’t let that stop me from wearing something that I love.

What is your infallible styling tip?

All black everything! You can never go wrong with a monochromatic look, also, always have a go-to classic pair of denim jeans and tee shirt that make you feel confident when you wear them.

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What is the one garment that never lets you down?

My Boyfriend jeans as well as my distressed/high waisted denim because I can dress them up or down with boots or heels.

What is your best shopping tip?

Don’t buy the item unless you absolutely “love, love, love” it. Start by creating your “closet army” (items of clothing that you will never grow tired of..even if it takes weeks/months/years to accumulate, it will be worth it), and if you are in the store and you can think of multiple ways to wear that garment with items you already have then I say go for it!

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The perfect denim and tee combo makes for a happy Natalie

 

What style or item makes you feel the most yourself? Why?

Definitely my boyfriend jeans and a tee-shirt, just because it is so comfortable and makes me feel like a Girl Boss!

At what point in your life did you really start to come into your own terms of personal style?

A couple of years ago, around the time of my sophomore year in high school. I am really inspired by menswear and GIRL BOSSES. Like I said I have always been super into fashion, but more recently I have refined it down to be more of what I think are comfortable/classic pieces that make me feel the most confident.

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Natalie’s life advice to young girls/fellow students:

DO IT!!!! If you have a feeling that you should go after something don’t wait, just do it! Natalie has found that at UNT, the people she has met on campus have really encouraged and empowered her to go after her dreams. It is something that she admires about attending the university, so she urges you to reach out to your peers because they really can help you out more than you can imagine and hope for.

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Focused in the editing room as the executive producer of The Writer’s Room

Natalie’s personal style is a play on comfort with just the right amount of daring. From my conversation with her, it was apparent it’s achievable to dress comfortably while still wearing some of today’s trends. With her quick wit and fearless sense of style I expect to see her on SNL’s Weekend Update delivering the news and the latest trends. She is an extremely talented and creative person, who is equally kind and genuine. With these skills and assets, the NuView team cannot wait to see where this world takes her.

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Follow Natalie on instragram @herpersonatalie and visit her blog, herpersonatalie.com

Words by Bailey Womack

Photography by Chloe Gonzalez

Edit and Captions by Maia Wilson

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Logan Fowler, The Triple Threat

A girl with multiple titles

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Logan Fowler, UNT Fashion Design major with beloved dog, Archie

         Who defines fashion right now? What kind of people are going to leave a new legacy in the industry? Who will be the Chiara’s, Karlie’s, and Miuccia’s of our generation? People like Logan Fowler sure have the potential to do so.  Logan is a Junior in UNT’s rigorous fashion design program with quite the resume to back herself up. She is successful in more than one area of the fashion and retail industry. As the industry changes, it’s becoming harder and harder to excel at just one thing. One needs to have multiple skills.  At the age of 20, Logan Fowler has mastered design, social media marketing, and modeling. She has designed and sold her own products for her own line, LoLoFowler, modeled for fashion magazines,and has gone to business meetings with Martha Stewart.  

        As I walked into Logan’s apartment, I felt like I was stepping into posh Austin boutique. Upon entering, I was welcomed in by her maltipoo, Archie, and a sweet smile. She sat me down on her couch next to her beautiful Vogue magazine collection, and we began to chit chat. Immediately, I felt right at home talking about anything with her.

Now, tell me about your clothing line, LoloFowler.

“I am from Austin, and when I went back to Austin during the summer,  I was looking for a job because I wanted to learn more. Every interview I was told I couldn’t be hired because they weren’t hiring for a seasonal position. So, my parents were like, you have to make money somehow, and so I just thought maybe…. I made the website before I made the brand, and I went to the fabric store and bought fabric. I just did it, and it turned out to be super successful. I sold my clothing at a boutique in Austin, and I got some manufacturer’s contacts, so I thought about maybe getting in touch with them.”

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“Style is everything. Everyone has their own style. I view everyone’s outfit as art.”

Style is everything. Everyone has their own style. Everyone is stylish. I view style as somebody’s interpretation of their own identity. I view everyone’s outfits as art, and that’s what they want to be seen as.

So, I’ve seen on your modeling portfolio on your website. How did you get started doing modeling?

When I was younger, my mom would photograph me and my brother a lot. She would tell us to make different emotions like a mad face, or scared face, etc. As I grew older, I was more comfortable in front of the camera, and began to do photoshoots with photographers. It started out as something fun, and then once I had a good background of different types of shoots, I put together a portfolio. Now, I do it as a side job, or I collaborate with other artists. I’ve had two magazine spreads so far. One for Dreamless Magazine which is based in London, and Elegant Magazine which is based in California. I have another one coming up in December for an LA based magazine called Local Wolves.

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“I wanted to design in order to teach women or men that there’s no standard of dress. It’s your identity, and it should reflect who they are.”

Now, I’ve seen your website and the work you’ve done for Cru. Could you tell me a little bit about that?

Cru is a dinnerware company in Austin. I got an internship with the owner because she wanted a creative. Of course, dinnerware is nothing like fashion, I learned so much about small business for creative design. With the company, I took a trip to New York, and it was quite stressful. Two days before, she asked the other intern and I to put together a PowerPoint presentation that we’d present in front of buyers at Bed Bath and Beyond, Martha Stewart, and Macy’s. She said to us, “honestly, life is going to throw things at you. Especially when you’re starting off a business.”

My first time in New York, I was in meetings with Martha Stewart, and Bed Bath & Beyond, and it was a really strange experience. When I worked with Martha Stewart, in her studio was an industrial style kitchen with lights all around displayed like a cooking show, and  into the next room, there’s a whole wall of mood board inspiration.

What influences your style and how you design? Where do you draw your inspiration from?

My style is always changing, and I think my style and my design are really different. My style as a designer is minimalistic and kind of more artistic. My style, on how I dress, honestly it changes. Though, I feel like anyone can say that their style changes. I like to buy separate pieces, so that when I’m dressing, it’s like a piece of art.

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“The millennial is really changing the industry and the world. We have so many outside of the box ideas.

Do you follow trends?

So, the whole reason in high school why I decided that I wanted to go into fashion design was because I started branching out with my style. I was doing things that most girls weren’t doing. Girls would come up to me and say “I wish I could pull that off,” and I was so frustrated. Every time I told them they don’t have to wear baggy shirts and Nike shorts. They can buy the same stuff I do. So, I wanted to design in order to teach women or men that there’s no standard of dress. It’s your identity, and it should reflect who you are. My style is just an evolution.

So, what’s next for Logan Fowler?

“I am Looking for an internship right now. I really want to intern in England at a men’s suit shop. I am really interested in menswear because the fashion design program doesn’t offer menswear.”

Who’s your favorite menswear designer?

“I don’t think I have a favorite designer. My favorite designer always changes because each collection changes, but right now I really enjoy Christopher Bailey and the Spring/Summer 2017 collection. I’m really interested in tailoring and men’s suits, so that’s what’s inspiring me right now.

So, where do you want to be in 15 years?

I would love to have my own shop. I really want to do this a coffee shop, local art, and clothing shop combined because I love interacting with people, and the more people that come in, the more I get inspired.  

Who’s your favorite blogger and why?

There’s actually someone from my high school. Her name is Ali Kate on Instagram, and I think it’s really cool because of the millennial era. I think it’s neat to follow people your own age. That’s also what I love about UNT because it’s such an art school, and everyone’s so creative. They’re all so young, and you can see that they’re going to go places. The millennial is really changing the industry and the world. We have so many outside of the box ideas. So, it’s cool to follow her because she’s young, and she’s just starting off.

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“As I’ve been here at UNT, I’ve met so many people with awesome talents that inspire me as a designer to design more and push myself more.”

Is there anything you would change about the fashion industry?

Yes. I think that young girls interpret some of the things celebrities are wearing as something that could be negative to their appearance because they might look at a celebrity and think, “I need to look like that,” and that’s really hard because there’s a lot of things people misinterpret. For instance, Gucci came out with a line that had something similar to the Muslim traditional dress, the face wrap, the hijab. There’s a lot of conflict because some see it as someone taking tradition and making it fashionable. But, as designers we see it as something that inspires us, and what this means to us. Often, there’s a clash or conflict between fashion. It’s hard to tell people that because everyone sees fashion as their own interpretation. There’s a lot of miscommunication in the fashion industry.

How has UNT shaped you into who you are today?

Oh, it’s really changed me. Like I said before, North Texas is an amazing art school. When I was applying to schools for fashion design, I was looking at schools like FIT, Pratt, and schools that are strictly fashion schools, and my parents told me that they were unsure if they wanted me living in New York my first year of college. They said, “why don’t you try the fashion program at North Texas, and if you still want to go back, you’re able to.”

As I’ve been here at UNT, I’ve met so many people with awesome talents that inspire me as a designer to design more and push myself more. I’m just really thankful because people inspire me the most, and when you meet people that are also passionate about their talents, it really pushes me.

Do you have any advice for anyone that wants to be industry or where you are right now?

Yea, do it! Go for it! Really, if you just go for it, you’re going to learn so much from your experiences. If you want to go into fashion, but you feel like you don’t know enough, you can always keep learning. I think if you just throw yourself into what you’re passionate about, that’s the only way to be successful.

Logan Fowler is the type of person that will be able to accomplish anything she sets her mind to thanks to her talent, work ethic, and unique sense of style. I can’t wait to see where she goes from here. Wherever it is, I know she’ll stay true to herself and continue to evolve!

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“If you just throw yourself into you’re passions, that’s the only way to be successful”

Visit Logan’s site, Loganfowler.com and follow Logan on Instagram @Lolofowler

Words by: Miles Cantrell

Photos by: Jacob Ostermann

Edit by: Taylar Gomez, Carolina Gonzalez, and Maia Wilson

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Inside Logan’s apartment