Seen walking to class last Friday in a t-shirt depicting two kittens riding a unicorn through space, Texas A&M junior Andrea Mendez caught the attention of a few other pedestrians with her unique style choice. She says this happens often, and has spent much of her college career honing in on the most unique personal style that she and all of her friends can embrace.
Mendez is known across campus for perfectly capturing an ironically-ugly-yet-somehow-cool-and-confident fashion that few can master, yet everyone seems to have adopted. This often takes shape in a variety of outfits she has precisely constructed and meticulously planned in order to give off a carefree vibe. Her most well-known pieces include a slightly-baggy overalls and converse combination, accessories like bucket hats, fanny packs, and animal socks, and the occasional multicolored windbreaker.
“But you have to be careful,” said Mendez when describing her technique for uniqueness. “You have to choose the right occasion to wear ironically silly clothes, and you can’t take it too far. Big-Little Reveal? Yes, but wear plenty of makeup so people know you are still pretty underneath that nightgown. Formal? Clearly not, but if you can find the right dress to pair with converse, you could increase your edgy image. Bonus points for nose piercings.”
Her go-to places to shop include the Walmart t-shirt section, Goodwill if she is desperate, and Amazon, which she often just calls “my mom’s closet” in order to make sure people know her ‘90s wear is authentic.
Mendez says the best way to know if you have attained this incredibly distinct style is to post an Instagram picture of yourself in an outfit. Said Mendez, “If at least one comment reads, ‘silly girlie !!!!’ then you know you have made it.”