Modern Muse

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Photo by Kristen Norman

Molly Kickham embraces the ever-evolving world of fashion as someone whose style inspiration cited as Jane Birkin, Sharon Tate and Zoe Kravitz (and of course, Zoe’s parents Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet) would — with a sense of adventure and openness toward the unknown.

While Kickham shares that her fashion icons have perfected effortless style, it’s clear she’s been able to embody that aesthetic herself. You can spot her as Store Brand Leader at Urban Outfitters, mixing feminine and masculine pieces and experimenting with style by pairing her outfit staples like vintage T-shirts with new trends.

Grand Rapids Magazine spoke with Kickham about inspiration, how architecture has influenced her style and more.

GRM: Where does your interest in fashion come from?
Molly Kickham: Growing up in a parochial school doesn’t leave room for individual style. I would stand out by putting pins on my shirt or accessorize by wearing ties or decorative belts. This was also during the early 2000s where Avril Lavigne was my icon. I’m not ashamed to tell you that I wore a tie in my third-grade yearbook photo.

GRM: How would you describe your style and where do you find inspiration?
MK: I’ve always said my style is femme
dad, mixing feminine colors with basic staples like a light wash jean and, of course,
a fresh pair of New Balance 574s. I’m obsessed with vintage T-shirts and wear them almost every day.

I experiment with more masculine styles, which has changed my wardrobe significantly. Instead of wearing a dress or more feminine silhouettes, I opt for a pant and blouse or blazer situation with a heel.

Surprisingly, I’ve been drawing inspiration from architecture recently. I’ve been carefully curating my home to reflect exactly who my partner and I are. Mid-Century elements and Brutalism architecture have been taking up much of my Instagram feed.

GRM: What’s your go-to outfit for the fall season?
MK: Loose jeans, Doc Martens or sneakers and oversized sweaters on repeat.

GRM: What in fashion are you really into right now?
MK: I’m really excited about the resurgence of late Y2K grunge. I was almost too young to enjoy the style since I couldn’t afford to buy clothes for myself at the time, so I’m looking forward to micro layering, sheer dresses, and maxi mesh skirt styles for fall. Also, oversized style, like utility and cargo pants, is here to stay for a while and I have no complaints.

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