Name: Meredith McDonald
Hometown: Jacksonville, NC
Concentration: Biology and Women’s & Gender Studies
In the spiritual words of Destiny’s Child, “I’m a survivor / I’m not goin’ give up / I’m not goin’ stop / I’m goin’ work harder.” I asked Meredith what her inspiration was for her outfit, and with the biggest grin, her answer was: “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child. I thought this was peculiar. I’ve heard of outfits drawing patterns from animals, being inspired by celebrities, or paying homage to nature, but I’ve never heard of someone basing their outfit off of a song. Meredith explained to me that the message the song conveys is the same message that she would like for her outfit to convey.
Independence (and star status) definitely radiate from Meredith’s choice of clothing. Her outerwear was perfection: a bright red pea coat that was sure to grab attention. Underneath the coat, Meredith wore a sparkly black top. She paired the top with a skinny cargo pant in a dark shade of sea foam green. Both are from Rugged Warehouse. She slipped a pair of pointed black flats from Forever 21 onto her feet. To complete her outfit, she accessorized with a handmade black scarf, a pair of black half-rim wayfarers that she bought from Aldo, and a pair of earrings from Beauty Supply. Meredith’s choice in accessories and their styling made her look like a movie star. Black was greatly represented in her outfit. Black could represent solitude, or when seen in a different light: emancipation.
Unlike most people, who adhere to a certain style, Meredith is not confined to just one. She told me that one day, her outfit could reflect the hippy/earth child lifestyle, and the next, she could be mistaken for the “it-girl” from an adored 80s sitcom. Her favorite trend is the incorporation of both men’s and women’s clothing in an outfit. She wants women to know that if they want to add a touch of masculinity to their outfit, then they shouldn’t be afraid. Meredith shows us that just because you aren’t a superstar that doesn’t mean that you can’t dress like one.