GU Fashion Spotlight: Professor Monica Bartlett

The second professor in GUBB history of Fashion Spotlight, Associate Professor of Psychology, Monica Bartlett gives us a taste of her inner fashionista. Returning from sabbatical after having just completed a published study on gratitude–what happens when we express gratitude or fail to do so, and the consequences for our social relationships–Professor Bartlett is back in action, and her style is as timeless as ever.                                                        10717782_10152519103948432_856341351_n

SO: Can you describe your usual everyday style/look? At work?

MB: Menswear inspired but feminine, mixing pretty with masculine. I’ll do a delicate blouse with jeans, slouchy boots and a chunky watch. But I think its actually largely the same thing…not two distinct looks.

SO: Has this look evolved since your time teaching here at Gonzaga?

MB: Oh…I think that it has. I grew up in Montana but I came from Boston, I was there for 8 years. I love clothes, I feel like it’s art. And I think when I was a new professor, I was a little unsure about that, and I’m just much more comfortable now! I feel like clothes, buying them, and putting them together is an art form and I love it!

SO: What key piece could you never live without?

MB: Jeans and skinny belts! I love a skinny belt around the waist.

SO: Walk me through the outfit you are wearing now.

Shirt: Tunic. I’m pretty sure this is Waif from Nordstrom.

Shorts: Railroad striped skinnies. I don’t remember where they’re from, I’ve had them forever!

Boots: Short booties. I think from Nordstrom Rack.


Accessories: Chunky necklace from a vintage shop, I think from Finders and Keepers, here in Spokane! (They have) tons of cool, old estate jewelry. And a chunky watch.  

SO: Where if your favorite place to shop?

MB: Zara, J. Crew, Anthropologie, small shops in Portland, and Etsy or craft fairs for jewelry and purses.

SO: Where do you go to craft fairs? Do you ever frequent Spokane craft fairs?

MB: Craft fairs in Montana when I go in the summer, ‘cause there’s some really cool, large pendants made for rocks… and Boston has great craft fairs! I haven’t really found a good, higher end craft fair in Spokane. Oh wait, there is one really good one that happens in the summer… “The Farm Chics” ! They have some good jewelry and boots!

SO: What is your go to color?

MB: Navy blue. It’s more flattering than black on me.

SO: Do you feel as though the color you wear affects your mood (as an emotional psychologist)?!

MB: Ok, maybe not, but I do think about a lot: is this a day in which I want to be comfortable, or is this a day I want to have more fun?! I think not so much mood, but when I’m waking up, what sort of day is this?! Right—‘cause I’m an emotion researcher—so I’m like no, the color is not affecting my mood!  

SO: What or who is your fashion inspiration/idol?

MB: J. Crew’s monthly catalog and Lucky magazine. Lucky magazine is my favorite. It’s an educational magazine is the way I feel about it. It’s been around for a good ten years now; it’s very different than other fashion catalogues. I feel like it’s really for people who are thinking about [fashion] like art. It educates you about current trends, maybe where they’re coming from, how they tie to the history of fashion, how-to’s for things (like ‘how can you use a really long scarf this season’), lots of ratings for products and more! And street style—they do a lot that—so they just take photos of people out in the real world. And in a sense, show others what works! It’s not the brand, not affiliated with Lucky the jeans, it’s an entirely own thing! They have a great online site too:

SO: What is your favorite fall style you are seeing on campus this semester?

MB: I REALLY love fall! I love going into fall… I love layers! I far more prefer going into fall than in summer when you’re just miserably hot. Blazers over shirts, scarves, tall boots over skinny jeans…I love layering. Ok so these really lovely pastel winter coats with big collars…like icy blues, cupcake pink. I don’t own one—I really would like to own something like this—I’m seeing this now thought a lot, like in the recent Nordstrom monthly catalogue.

SO: If you could choose any trend to make a comeback on campus, what would it be?

MB: Oh I’ve got it! I feel a little funny, but leg warmers! I love that look of leg warmers over skinny pants or tights with booties or like cute higher healed shoes.

SO: Did you happen to wear leg warmers in college?

MB: Um no… my daughter is a third grader and I saw an elementary school wearing that and I thought, that is so cool! I said that to Gracie, my daughter, and she said “MOM”… she definitely gives me feed back in the mornings! “That is so weird, mom, what are you doing!” She is so cute, she has her very own sense of it already.

Thanks for sitting down and talking with GU Style Spotlight, Professor Bartlett! If you are a fashionista on campus…trend-setter… trend-follower…anyone who takes a liking to what they put on when they wake up in the morning…or know of anyone who would be interested in talking fashion with us, we invite you to reach out to the GUBB staff and we would love to sit down with you!


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1 reply

  1. What a great interview! It was a great read!



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