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Q&A With Social Intern (& Model, & Owner Of A Clothing Line) Madison Whittaker

May 27, 2021

Jacqueline Parisi
Jacqueline Parisi
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Musings on street style, advice she would tell her middle school self (hint: you don’t NEED to dress “girly”), and hopes for the future of the retail industry. 

Madison Whittaker is a Brooklyn-based college student, who also happens to own her own clothing line (check out @nononsensenyc to find out when the clothes are back in stock!), model, AND intern at Revelle. Talk about wearing many hats.

If you’ve ever messaged Revelle on IG, it’s proooooobably Madison you’re talking to, because, in addition to creating content, she’s our go-to community manager to help everyone find the perfect pair of jeans.

We caught up with Madison to learn more about her style evolution, trends she thinks are overrated and underrated, and so much more. 

If you had to describe your current style, and you only had the length of a Tweet to do it, what would you say? 

Minimal neutrals styled together for an elevated casual feel. 

Who’s your style icon?

@danie.sierra and @violettevdvondel, for sure.

One piece of clothing you can’t live without?

A Hanes tee. 

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In your opinion, what’s a trend that’s overrated and one that’s underrated?

I think the baggy on baggy look is underrated. I love the look of a pair of baggy jeans paired with a baggy tee and want to experiment with this more. In my opinion, the colored/patterned pants trend is overrated. However, at the same time, I applaud anyone who rocks them. 

What’s your go-to “out on the town” outfit and your go-to “staying in” outfit? 

My go-to “out on the town” outfit is Levis Black Mile-High Skinny Jeans, a black deep v-neck top, and black sneakers or black heeled booties. My go-to “staying in” outfit is high-waisted sweatpants and a cropped hoodie.

What’s one fleeting fashion trend from childhood that you *regret* embracing? (no judgment)

Brown gauchos.

Take us through your style evolution! 

To be honest, in middle school and early high school I had no style. I liked whatever they sold at the local Pac Sun. Then, sophomore year of high school I started walking in fashion week and was exposed to the beauty of fashion. The runway looks were too avante-garde for me but as soon as I stepped outside, the streets were filled with the most amazing and rare streetwear. This is when I fell in love with the casual, laid-back look.

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If you could go back in time and tell your middle school self anything, what would it be?

You don’t have to dress girly. Embrace the cool t-shirts and sneakers you’ve gravitated towards!

Where do you hope the retail world will be in 5-10 years? What do you desperately want to change? How will it look different?

I hope that the fashion industry stops idolizing young, skinny bodies and starts prioritizing ALL bodies. Clothes should make women feel beautiful and wanted. Retailers need to appreciate all consumers and truly listen to them. 

What is it about Revelle that energizes you when you get out of bed in the morning?

Making women feel beautiful while getting dressed and taking the anxiety out of finding jeans that fit. We all know how mentally taxing finding jeans can be, and working for a company trying to fix this issue means the world.

Questions for Madison? Find her on Instagram @madisonwhittaker or comment below! 

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