This Fashionista is widely known around campus, whether it be for her extensive involvement with the English department, her New Jersey accent (which is noticeable among us southerners) or her undeniably uniquely Russian and vintage inspired looks. Not to mention, she rides her turquoise bike everywhere. That’s noticeable.
Name: Katherine Kosich
CollegeFashionista: How do you describe your style?
Katherine Kosich: I have a style? I guess when you get down to it, my style comes from a mixture of always being in a rush to get somewhere and being very sentimental of everything in my closet. I’ve been blessed with a great, stylish family who raised me to know the importance of eye wear and a good cardigan. They are a great source of inspiration along with my Russian heritage. So many scarves!
CF: Where are your favorite places to shop in Tuscaloosa?
KK: Well, I don’t have a car here, but there is a thrift store within biking distance, thankfully. Back home in New Jersey though, there is Marshall’s and even more thrift stores and my grandmother’s, aunt’s and mother’s closet at hand too!
CF: Do you ever have to acommodate your fashion choices when riding your bike? Do you have any tips for other bike-riding Fashionistas?
KK: Never! I don’t negotiate with terrorists or rainy days or bicycle riding. Bicycle shorts solve that problem, plus they are so very comfortable. Do flowy skirts – the rippling of it through the wind will make you feel terrific and limitless! Get the thought that you’ll have to compromise and need to constantly carry a backpack out of your head. That’s what baskets are for!
CF: What is your go-to ensemble for class?
KK: I find that you can’t go wrong with a dress and a cardigan and some simple flats. Alabama weather changes constantly and you have to be ready for anything; from being sweaty after a quick ride to sitting in a classroom with the A/C too high. That’s why I love an ensemble that is so versatile! Even after an all-nighter, I feel uncomfortable in sweats so I pull on a dress and head out. And you can’t forget the lipstick!
CF: What three things in your closet can you not live without?
KK: I have this gorgeous fuchsia dress that was my grandmother’s that I am over-protective of to the point where I barely wear it. It’s one of those pieces that make you feel like a million bucks and I love having that piece of my grandmother around. Next, from my mother, I have one of the most versatile scarves that I wear at least once a week. It’s has that intricate Russian floral design and I love it so much that not even the heat can scare me away from it. Lastly, I need to note my heavy duty snow boots that mostly come in handy as rain-boots down here. Thanks, Alabama. They let me do anything I need to without compromising what I want to wear and what I need to wear. Do I need to avoid a large puddle? Not at all. Can I also crush the occasional intruding cockroach? Yes!
How To: This Fashionista’s look highlights her vintage sweater by accenting a few key accessories rather than overloading her ensemble with color. She makes her monochromatic scheme pop by adding a leopard flat, perfect for pedaling, and a bright lip. Even when the weather is iffy, nothing says spring like a bright coral lipstick.