Name: Tricia Mekarski, 30.
Who she is: Wearer of vintage clothing, often garage/estate sale finds. Soft goods engineer at Fisher-Price in East Aurora where, as she described it, "I manage any Soft Good project from development through manufacturing. This includes technical problem solving, costing, liaising development between supplier, vendors, and design/development teams, and assisting in designing the product for manufacturing efficiencies." (We know this sometimes involves plush toys).
Born in Buffalo, where she now lives, she graduated from Williamsville North High School in 2007. She earned an associate degree at Genesee Community College and a bachelor of science in fashion merchandising and textile technology at SUNY Buffalo State. She has been working at Fisher-Price for four years, including her internship.
What she's wearing: Ivory polyester double-knit sleeveless dress from the 1960s-1970s with a wide orange belt and orange buttons found at a garage sale in East Aurora; orange strappy shoes (possibly purchased from a 1990s Victoria's Secret catalog); orange patent purse (her "fashion purse"); orange Longchamp tote (her "work tote") accented with a vintage scarf and Miss Piggy key chain from the Kate Spade New York Miss Piggy collection launched a few years back, and clip-on Italian-made vintage earrings. Some of these items came from her coworker Kim Hicks, who scours garage and estate sales for period clothing as a volunteer for the Aurora Players. She also often finds things well suited to Mekarski.
Signature piece: A watch that belonged to her maternal grandmother, "Mimi." It needs a new battery but Mekarski wears it anyway. ("I check the time on my phone," she said.)
Fashion statement: "I would describe my fashion style somewhere between Miss Piggy and Mary Tyler Moore. I like anything from the '60s or '70s. I will wear anything anyone gives me; I'll find a way to make it work.
"The thing that makes me bold about fashion is I'll 'own' whatever I'm wearing. A lot of people will say, 'Oh, I'm not going to wear it. The color's too bright.' If I'm going to wear lime green from head to toe, I'm just going to own it," she said.
Why Miss Piggy, we asked?
"Like Miss Piggy, I just like to be over the top. In the winter you can see me wearing faux furs all the time. I just really like how Miss Piggy is always put together – false eyelashes, jewelry. She always has everything going on head to toe, so I just embody Miss Piggy," she said.
Last purchase: "The last thing I bought was a burnt-orange romper ($8) from the clearance section at Target."
In the market for: "I'm in the market for red, wide-leg or bell-bottom pants because I saw my coworker Kim (Hicks) wearing them, and now I want some," she laughed.
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