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Street Style: Mary Kate Knabel, 22


Student Iowa State University


Ames, Iowa

Where do you find style inspiration?

I'm an Instagram junkie. I love finding inspiration from bloggers or brand accounts. Anthropologie and Damsel in Dior are my personal favorites.

What's your favorite place to shop in Des Moines?

I love Aimee. They have the best selection and amazing taste. I don't go to Des Moines without stopping in.

I never leave my house without my...

Leather clutch from American Apparel that holds all of my random things: Buxom lip gloss, mini note book for inspiration, Hempz Pomegranate lotion, among many other "essentials."

What's your favorite fall trend? 

I am loving flare jeans. My style is moving in a sophisticated direction now that I am nearing the end of my college career I think flare jeans are fun and an elevated approach to casual style.

On a scale of 1-10 how fashionable would you rate DSM? Why?

Definitely a 10. DSM is making a movement in the fashionable direction and I am always inspired when I visit. Isn't it amazing to think an Iowa town is starting to make an impact on the industry?

What are you most excited for this fall?

Sweater weather. I live for layers. Nothing makes me happier than 60 degrees that require a sweater and Starbucks.

What current trend do you hate the most? 

Platform shoes. Something about them is so confusing to me.

If you could jump on a plane and go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go? 

I would grab my mom and we'd be off to Italy. I studied abroad last year and fell in love. We'd be sipping on wine in the Tuscan hillsides.