To help during the busier seasons Maplewood hires student interns to assist with different parts of the boutique within the student’s interest. The summer interns for 2021 are college students Maya Highsmith, Lauren Lieser, and Mckenzie Uhrig. Highsmith, a student at Kent State University (KSU), oversaw the merchandising and pricing for Maplewood. Lieser, another KSU student oversees the social media accounts, photo styling and thrifting for the Pre-Owned rack. While University of Akron student, McKenzie Uhrig, manages the fashion blog, email campaigns, and updates the store’s website.
From Left to Right: (Lauren Lieser, Mckenzie Uhrig, Maya Highsmith)
“Getting to talk individually with numerous different people throughout the summer all over Northeastern Ohio was really fun! It made me realize how important it is for me to really see the personal connections between people and the apparel they wear to the places they shop.”
“I chose this thrifted bodycon dress paired with a denim jacket for a fun and sleek fall outfit! Fall fashion for me is about finding the balance between hot and cold, and this outfit is a good option for all potential weather! I love how confident the fitted dress makes me feel, and how the denim adds a fun layer of color and texture to the silhouette! I also love how the dress is thrifted since sustainability is very important to me. This fall, I'd recommend styling older or preloved dresses with a cute jacket! I personally love a patterned dress with a more simplistic jacket.”
Highsmith's styling provides a versatile outfit that can easily be adapted to different styles and personalities. The lightweight maxi dress can be styled in multiple ways and paired with different outerwear for unique looks in the cooler weather.
“My favorite item is definitely the bodycon maxi dress from the thrift rack. Not only is it flattering, but it makes me feel fun and confident!”
In next weeks post Maplewood intern Lauren Lieser pairs a sweater (one of the new fall arrivals) with some uniquely colored thrifted jeans for vibrant look.
By Mckenzie Uhrig