Freshman’s take on fashion is laid back, casual


Name: Isabella Castro-Cota Year: Freshmen Major: Communications

Katinka Barragan: First off, how would you describe your style?

Isabella Castro-Cota: Well I basically just wear whatever’s in my closet. I don’t like to wake up early, so I just throw on the first thing I find because I’m too lazy. I guess I’m just laid back but with a “still trying” look because I don’t want to just wear a t-shirt and some shorts.

KB: But your outfits are always really cool. You never look like you just woke up.

IC: Oh man, thank you, but you know sometimes I don’t like wearing makeup for my morning classes so later I go back to my room and put it on to look more refreshed.

KB: Austin or El Paso?

IC: Oh, definitely Austin. I don’t know how to describe it because if you look around, everyone’s just so cool. Everyone’s so confident and artistic in general.

KB: Do you think you’ve found your style already or are you still developing it?

IC: I think I’m still developing it because I don’t know what my style is yet. One day I’ll look in a magazine and I want to be super emo grunge, but then the next day I see someone in all pink and I want to wear that, so I don’t have a set style that’s totally me.

KB: Who is your real life style icon?

IC: I would say my dad. I know he’s a man, but he’s always been the fashionable one. Whenever we go shopping, he just knows exactly what I like. He’s basically my stylist. He even jokes about being my fashionable gay best friend. And he always dresses well; he even dresses well to go to Walmart. He just makes me want to always look my best.

KB: What about your mom? Is she stylish too?

IC: Yeah, my mom is also super fashionable but she’s more laidback. It’s my dad who puts in the most effort.

KB: What do you plan to do with your major?

IC: Well, I either want to work for Nylon magazine or Vice News. I just want to help women. At Vice, I would be able to have more access to women in the Middle East, especially in India. I watch too many documentaries on domestic abuse so I’m very interested in the mission of helping those women. Then at Nylon, I would love to be the beauty editor because I love makeup, and they would probably give me free stuff. It would just be super cool to work there.

KB: So you want to be a writer?

IC: Yeah, freshmen year in high school I just became more confidence in writing, and that’s also the year I started reading NYLON.

KB: Would you consider fashion very important to you? Yeah, I think I care about it more than the average person, but I don’t live and breathe it. It’s just something I’ve always had in my life.

Follow Katinka on Twitter @katinkabarragan