Street Smart: Time Warp

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by Erin O’Brien

Katie Speth-Street Smart

“My professor was like, ‘Oh I think you just hopped in a time machine!’”

Even professors admire Katie’s obsession for past decades, and though the stereotypical tie-dye fad cannot be found in this young, pixie cut lady’s wardrobe, she adeptly incorporates every other element of the 1960’s.  Katie’s embodiment of 1960’s vintage style caught my eye instantly when I saw her in Slichter Hall. If the Twiggy inspired pixie-cut didn’t adequately show off her love of the decade, her high-waisted bell bottomed jeans paired with a tucked in, flowing two-toned blouse and creamy lace vest sure did.

You know a girl is a regular at thrift stores when she tosses out her nicknames to favorites like Salvay (Salvation Army) and St. V de P (St Vincent de Paul); but, she also creates her vintage flair through mixing these dated thrift items with more modern pieces from stores like Urban Outfitters, American Apparel and H & M. Katie also pairs her outfits with simple accessories to complement otherwise simple ensembles.

Keep that style groovy girl!

Here’s the breakdown:

Name: Katie Speth

Year: Freshman

Major: Education

Wearing: Blue Levi Jeans – Urban Outfitters; Neutral Lace Vest – Salvation Army; Heart Blouse – Flea Market; Necklace – Gift from Grandma; Watch – Urban Outfitters; Rings – Grandma and Flea Markets

Personal Style: “I either mix and match several prints and colors that don’t conventionally go together but I make go together, or I go vintage. They say you should pair one vintage item with more modern stuff so you don’t look like a time-warp, but when I wear my vintage finds, I don’t follow that rule.”

Inspiration/Icons: Twiggy, and anything else from the 60’s

Favorite Places to Shop: “I mostly shop at thrift store [such as] Salvation army and St. Vincent de Paul. I allow myself the occasional splurge at Urban and the super occasional splurge at American Apparel…and I love H & M. So classic!”

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