Megan Style – For the Love of Fashion

Picture of youthful summer fun. My sister on the left and me on the right.

Before I even knew what a fashion show or stylist was, I was organizing neighborhood summer fashion shows on my patio.  Well, they weren’t exactly fashion shows.  I called them “Miss America” because that’s the only reference to glamour I had in elementary school here in Minnesota.  My shows didn’t have a talent portion, or an interview portion, or any portions other than the Swimsuit and Evening Gown Competitions.  We’d pull out my mom’s old maternity clothes, a hula hoop, and some clothes pins, and voila we’d create a hoop skirt.  Yes, that really happened.  The “judges” would sit on the deck stairs with a view of the patio and the contestants would model their looks one by one until a “winner” was selected.  I’ll cut to the chase and tell you I was always the winner.  You should also know, I was always the oldest.  Not a very fair contest.  However, it wasn’t the winning that really mattered.  It was the fun of escaping reality and creating something new from something old and tired.  Trust me, very old and very tired. 

Now that I’m an adult, I look back at those times and realize I haven’t changed one bit.  I do know what a fashion show is, and I do know what a stylist is.  The clothes aren’t quite so old or quite so tired, but I still love to spend time in my closet and try things on in new combinations.  I have a mannequin (named Monnequin), and an extra rolling rack where I line up my outfits for the week Sunday nights.  I still have the appreciation for expressing myself through what I wear.  It doesn’t matter what things go wrong in life, or what someone may say behind my back, or what success I have, or what failure I have; I’m always at home and at peace in my closet.  It’s the only place I am completely confident.  When people tell me to close my eyes and imagine my happy place, my closet is where I always go.

Roller Derby Style – Maulelujah

Derby Style - Violent Femmes

Do you know someone who takes life by storm and puts 110% into everything they do? Think of this person and multiply their gumption by one-hundred and you’ll begin to understand the charismatic energy of North Star Roller Girl, Maulelujah.
I recently had the opportunity to sit down with the powerful 5’10″ blocker for the Violent Femmes to get the inside scoop on her personal style. 

By day, she’s Molly Kennedy Lageson, a Volunteer Resources Specialist at the Science Museum of Minnesota.  By weekend, she’s a music enthusiast, foodie, dive bar goer, and dog lover.  Once a month at the Minneapolis Convention Center, she’s North Star Roller Girl, Maulelujah #47.  Here’s what she had to say about her sense of style on and off her wheels:

SIA: How would you describe your personal style?

M: My clothing unintentionally reflects the eras of music I like. Most can be tied to 50’s pop, 60’s garage bands, and 70’s punk.

SIA: What is your style at work?

M: It’s a combination of sleek traditional business attire with a bit of edginess.  I like to mix in industrial looking jewelry and belts.   Some of my work favorites are: military blazers, skinny jeans, ever-changing hair color, vintage 50’s dresses, black and blue eyeliner smudged together, and dark nail polish.  I also have 10 ear piercings.

SIA: Do you take your style in a different direction on the weekends?

M: Yes! On the weekends I like to keep it simple and comfortable.  My typical weekend uniform is black skinny jeans and a solid color V-neck t-shirt , minimal jewelry, and a hoodie paired with a retro coat.

SIA: On bout day, do you carry over any of your day and weekend styles?

M: No!  I wear sequin hot pants for derby.   I think of my derby style as my alter ego with the hope that it will eventually encourage confidence.  

SIA: Can you give us a breakdown of your signature look for a roller derby bout?

M: I wear:

  • Black sequin hot pants
  • Black opaque footless tights, with or without black and red striped knee highs
  • Violent Femmes jersey with a black or white tank underneath
  • #47 drawn on my arm
  • Red eye shadow
  • Heavy black eyeliner
  • Black skates with red laces and yellow Atom wheels
  • Grey helmet
  • And of course, the pads:
    • Wrist guards
    • Elbow pads
    • Knee pads
    • Mouth guard

SIA: What style advice can you give to other women?

M: Love your body, wear stuff that fits, keep outfits simple by dressing in basics and add personality with jewelry and hats.

SIA:  If you were to be quoted for one style thought, what would it be?

M: “Change your hair frequently, that’s why it grows”.

Molly and her alter ego Maulelujah were kind enough to let me photograph her favorite look for work, her favorite vintage finds (all from Rewind Vintage in Minneapolis), and of course her derby style.  See below for inspiration from one of the baddest girls in town.

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See Maulelujah live at the Violent Femmes bout this Saturday, January 14th, at 7pm at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

For information regarding the North Star Roller Girls and for tickets visit: http://www.northstarrollergirls.com/