Christin Moodley was originally from a small town in Washington State and she currently lives in Idaho. She has always loved fashion and photography. Even as a young girl, she would always cut out models from fashion magazines and then create outfits with their pictures. Fashion and digital creation are such a therapeutic outlet for Christin. She started @christicurt because she genuinely enjoys creating an inclusive and engaging platform that could potentially inspire others who are also interested in fashion or who need outfit ideas. She would describe her own style as edgy and chic. She loves to edge an outfit up just a bit with faux leather or an all-black outfit with a pop of colour. Within the past year, she has exponentially grown her platform and has connected with such amazing people through the process and she’s looking forward to what the future holds.
Model & Mode Magazine recently caught up with Christin to discuss her journey in the fashion world and here’s what went down:
Where do you usually shop? Are there any hidden gems when it comes to snapping up some awesome designer clothes?
I like to describe myself as a “baller on a budget”. I tend to gravitate towards more affordable options rather than shopping at designer stores (although I do admire designer clothes from afar). My favorite stores to shop at are H&M and Zara at the moment because they have such good staples and create good quality pieces, with an affordable price tag. I also love shopping at local thrift stores. I have found so many good pieces that are affordable and sustainable. I find it thrilling to shop at thrift stores because you never know what you are going to find. There are so many possibilities, you just have to keep an open mind and be willing to put the work in. I also recommend shopping at second-hand consignment boutiques. Yes, they can be a bit more pricey than the regular thrift store, but they are curated to have more on-trend and designer pieces.
What are your top tips when it comes to fashion for the cooler months?
Investing in a time capsule wardrobe, meaning finding neutral basic, classic pieces that won’t cycle through trends quickly. Having pieces in your closet that you can style with multiple outfits will not only elevate your personal style, but it will help with being able to shop your own closet. We have all been there when we are getting ready for the day and look at our closets and think we have nothing to wear. If you have a good foundation of solid basics, you won’t hit the I have nothing to wear rut and won’t feel the need to buy, especially if you are on a budget. Jackets are also a staple for cooler months because layering is key to not only look put together but also a practical move to stay warm. Having jackets in different colours, lengths and textures can totally change up your looks. Tights are also a fun option if you want to dress up a skirt or dress for winter. They just take your outfit to the next level. Let’s be honest, we all want to look cute, but don’t want to freeze our buns off while doing it. LAYER my queens.
Where do you look for creative inspiration?
All around me, on the streets, magazines, social media, etc. I love how fashion is a way of expressing ourselves and I enjoy getting to know others through their style. To me, fashion is telling a story about a person and I love interpreting people’s personalities through their outfits. I find creative inspiration from other content creators on Instagram or Pinterest and celebrities and their stylists. Recently, I have been loving Maeve Reilly especially, she styles celebs like Megan Fox and Hailey Beiber. She has an edgy vibe that I totally resonate with and would love to one day be able to meet her.
Is it hard to stay fashionable?
I find it difficult to keep up with trends, especially right now. Trends are cycling through so quickly and we are constantly having people tell us what’s in and what’s out on a daily basis. I truly believe that the key to staying fashionable is being true to yourself. If you like what you like, stick with it. To me, fashion shouldn’t have rules. Wear what you want, when you want.
How do you walk the line between being unique and having commercial appeal?
I think it’s important to experiment. I don’t necessarily put myself in a box when it comes to fashion. I don’t ever want to think I can’t buy a certain piece that I like because it doesn’t match my aesthetic. Fashion is ambiguous and should be fun. Finding unique ways to style and put different outfits together is part of the exciting thrill that the fashion world has to offer.
Are there any key trends you’ve seen for this year?
I have seen a lot of colour and wild patterns lately, especially for summer, which is so fun. For years, neutrals have been in and it’s refreshing to see how bright colours are trending now. I have seen a lot of colour blocking and Y2k inspired outfits. I love a good early 2000s moment. It’s so nostalgic. Transitioning into fall, I have seen the colour Kelly Green trending as well as patterned, fun coloured tights. It’s important to me to stay on top of what’s trending because I enjoy it, but remember not to go down the rabbit hole of consuming just because it’s considered trendy right now. It’s not sustainable.
What do you think about the state of fashion today?
It’s ever-changing. Trends are cycling so quick, that it’s hard to stay up on. One minute something is in the next it’s out. It’s hard, especially if you are on a budget. I feel that the state of fashion today is due to social media. We are constantly influenced by what’s new and consumerism is booming with how easy it is to shop online. I think the development with the intersection of technology and fashion is so impressive. Nowadays, it’s accessible to find the exact outfit someone is wearing and where to buy it. I love that, but it’s important to keep in mind staying true to yourself and your personal style.
What are the clothes we can rid our wardrobes of that are considered very ‘last season’?
As a millennial, I’ll admit, it has been difficult for me to totally get rid of my skinny jeans and refuse to. Skinny jeans are considered out and straight-leg jeans are in, which I love experimenting with different silhouettes because they can change the tone of an outfit. There is a fine line between staying up to date on trends and getting rid of something that you actually really like to wear, just because it’s considered out. You just have to decide what is best for you and how you want to express yourself.
What fashion advice would you give an emerging fashionista?
Experiment with different styles and find things that inspire you, not only in the fashion industry but also in life in general. Find things that make you happy and that you thoroughly enjoy. Don’t get caught up in the fast fashion trends and stay true to who you are because, at the end of the day, people will connect with others who are genuine and are just being their true authentic selves. Try new things that you haven’t seen before and push yourself out of your comfort zone. Some of my favourite outfits that I have styled have been created by leaving my comfort zone and trying something new. It’s also important to not care as much what people think and just be you. Wear that outfit that you are nervous about in public, take your outfit photos, and be the amazing fashionista that you are destined to be!
The fashion industry has changed so much in the past few years, what’s the best advice you would give for staying ahead of the curve?
I recommend studying fashion magazines, getting inspired by others around you, watching YouTubers, and trusting your instinct. At the end of the day, fashion is a way of expressing yourself and can be so empowering. If you want to wear something that you aren’t used to, wear it. Stand out. Be confident in yourself and your abilities. Experiment and have fun with it. You may have a different interpretation than the next person, which makes you unique. Do the unexpected, who knows, you may even start the next trend.