By Jake Thacker


Alex Mainelli, 21, is a senior at UNO majoring in journalism with a public relations and advertising focus. Mainelli’s specific stylistic outlook is hard to pinpoint and determine; and that’s exactly what caught my eye. Here, she is pictured wearing a shirt from Target under a vintage Levi’s denim jacket from Scout: Dry Goods & Trade (a vintage shop in Dundee). Mainelli’s patterned pants are from Banana Republic and her textured, lace-up brogues are from Paperdoll Vintage (a vintage boutique located in Benson). Her necklace is from Etsy, the online e-commerce site where artists and artisans alike can sell their handcrafted goods. Below, Mainelli and I discuss her style in more detail:

How would you describe your personal style? 

Very simple and a lot of black.

Are there any specific eras or time periods you’re drawn to when it comes to your personal style? Or are there specific pieces of clothing you gravitate towards?

80s fashion was pretty great (minus the neon) and it’s definitely been coming back. Lots of denim, high-waisted skirts, leggings, oversized sweaters, all of that. 

Where do you like to get your clothes from? Any specific place? A mixture? 

It’s a pretty good mixture … although I gravitate towards places like Scout and Paperdoll. Most of my clothes come from thrift stores, secondhand shops, the sale section at Urban [Outfitters], or my sister’s closet. I’m cheap.

Do you have a favorite piece of clothing, shoes, or an accessory that is your most favorite? 

I have this little black and white polka dot dress from when I used to work at Anthropologie that I wear all the time.