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Anna G. Larson, Published February 16 2014

Style Profile: College student goes on 'shopping fast,' learns to rework wardrobe

FARGO – Maggan Pirrotta went on a shopping fast for five months.

The 20-year-old apparel studies and business major at North Dakota State University decided she needed to step back and learn to rework what she already had in her closet.

Once spring items started popping up in stores, her fast ended but it taught her to invest in quality, versatile items that she’d wear repeatedly.

I spotted Pirrotta, who works at Proper & Prim boutique downtown, at Caribou Coffee in a bold floral and black ensemble with black booties and berry lips.

Describe your style. Edgy and unique. I like to keep up with trends and try funky pairings.

What are you wearing today? Bodice, skirt and cardigan from Proper & Prim and booties from Fowlers Heritage Co.

What inspires your style? Pinterest, watching E!: Entertainment Television and reading fashion blogs.

Who are your style icons? Coco Chanel because she had a great message and challenged peoples’ idea of fashion.

What are you favorite clothing items in your closet? The long black cardigan I’m wearing today, my black skinnies (jeans) and my denim moto jacket from Gap.

Who’s your favorite designer? Valentino. I love his gowns and I feel connected to him since we’re both Italian.

What have you splurged on lately? My booties from Fowlers. They were $150 but when I love something, I have to have it.

What’s your best drugstore makeup find? Maybelline lipstick.

How do you pull off your edgy look? It’s all about confidence. Just do it. As long as you feel confident, no one can say it’s not cool.

Where do you like to go shopping? Proper & Prim, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, J. Crew and Forever 21.

What’s your go-to outfit? I start with a fun shirt or something else I really want to wear and then just pull things together.

What’re your favorite accessories? I’m into midi rings, but I’m also wearing a ring from my grandma and one from my mom.

I like beanies – they’re a must in winter – and chunky necklaces.

How many tattoos do you have? Four.

If you could take a vacation right now, where would you go? Italy.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Anna G. Larson at (701) 241-5525