Majoring in fashion design and minoring in equine science might not make sense to some of us, but junior Tonya Pesch has found a way to tie the two together. Designing westernwear is her dream, so these programs are well worth the time and effort she puts into them.
Pesch gives us a look into her life and her style as a chic country girl.
Stephens Life: How would you describe your personal style?
Tonya Pesch: Definitely country chic. I like the staple pieces, such as cowboy boots and pearl snap tops, but mixing them with a modern flair, such as converse, skinny jeans or a leather jacket.
S.L: What brands do you most identify with?
T.P: Cowgirl Tuff because she brings in great pieces that add femininity and rocker style to traditional country clothing. Second would be Free People because they have a more hippie and boho style that can be paired well with country pieces such as belts, boots or cowboy hats. Wear a printed boho maxi dress, pair with a fringe vest or jean jacket and add some simple country pieces, and you’re set!
S.L: What is your favorite trend?
T.P: My favorite trend right now would be leather trim and patches on jackets and sweaters. The leather adds a bit of edgy flair while also being a sophisticated and casual look. These pieces are both easy to dress up for a night out or even dress down for a cute day look.
S.L: And what is your least favorite trend?
T.P: One thing I do not get are the sneaker wedge boots with a Velcro closer. I personally do not like the style and do not see them as a trend for long. I think they’d be much cuter if they had shoe strings. If you’re old enough to wear wedges, you’re old enough to tie your own shoes.
S.L: Who/what is your biggest fashion influence?
T.P: Ralph Lauren because he takes a contemporary line for women and makes it sophisticated, adding his personal style, not being over-the-top, and pulling from western inspirations. His fall 2013 line right now has some really great pieces such as skirts with leather waistbands and skinny trousers with suede patches on the knee to mimic English-style riding pants.
S.L: What is your favorite piece in your closet?
T.P: My favorite closet pieces would be this light tan crochet dress I have. The dress has a cutout in the front so the hemline is close to a high-low style. I pair this dress with brown cowboy boots and jean jacket and what I like to call arm candy, which is a stack of bracelets. One piece in my closet I wear the most would be my jean jacket. I find it goes with a lot of outfits and is easy to pull together. A jean jacket can go with almost any style I’m feeling that day if I want to go country chic or even rocker chic or laid back.
S.L: Where do you get your outfit inspiration?
T.P: A lot of my inspiration comes from brands I like and what styles they are showing that season. I also look on Pinterest for inspiration on outfits. If there is something I’m just dying to have, I will just make a pattern with my own touch and sew it myself.
S.L: What are your biggest fashion regrets?
T.P: I have a problem with buying some fashion pieces I will have in my mind that I will wear, and then it just sits in my closet. Another is color. I’m picky with new colors. I will buy a new color thinking I will match it with my closet. One color I bought last fall was the green/yellow color that was so big that season. I bought a top loving the feel and style, but it was in that color. I’m also pale, so this color made me look so washed out.
S.L: Tell us something unique about yourself!
T.P: I worked at a boutique for two years as a fashion stylist. I had so much fun working there, and the job taught me so much about trends and the movement of trends. Working there helped me learn so much about the business side of a boutique.
So whether you see Pesch in the sewing labs or the stables make sure to always take note of her western style!
Story by freshman Taylor Barber