This week we chat to the gorgeous Mary. Total hustler, girl boss and fashion lover. One of the first TBC girls to get involved since opening our UK store. Mary talks to us about moving countries for your career and University as well as how her love of fashion and admirable work ethic came about.
Who is Mary Wyszomierska?
A 22 year old Fashion Marketing student. Born in Poland, studying in UK. I am all about fashion and I love avocados.
What made you want to be involved in the fashion world?
I always loved dressing up and I put a lot of thought into my outfits when I was 9 or 10 but I developed my interest at the age of 15 when I set up my own brand based on personalised handmade t-shirts. Firstly, I was just making them for my family and friends but then things started getting more serious and I created a Facebook page and Instagram account for the brand and started selling them. Since that time I’ve completed a couple of internships in fashion, worked for quite a few brands and moved out to study fashion degree in UK.
What does confidence mean to you and how do you approach this in your everyday life?
Living for my passion and doing what I love the best I can. Fashion gives me a lot of confidence on a daily basis, from the way I dress through constantly developing my knowledge and broadening my interest in this area to dreaming about a bright future in the job of my dreams.
What empowers you as a woman?
My closest friends and family that support me in my decisions.
What knocks your confidence down and how do you deal with that?
Comparing myself to others often knocks down my confidence but I am usually too busy to spend more than a minute thinking about it, haha.
How has confidence helped you with moving countries and juggling studying as well as working part time in fashion?
Moving countries for university was a big step for me but my interest and a lot of ambition reassured me in my decisions. I knew I wanted to get an education in fashion and I wouldn’t be able to get it in Poland so there was only one way for me. I am also a strong believer that there’s nothing you can’t do, so I just went for it.
What advice would you give our customers about self confidence and believing in themselves, embracing themselves for who they really are?
Everyone is capable of doing absolutely anything. Find your strongest qualities and work with them. Don’t fear your flaws – everyone has them. Instead, find what you love doing and start doing it and when it makes you happy, you will feel more confident.
What piece of clothing makes you feel confident to take on the world?
My staple enormous black sunglasses! It is definitely a confidence trigger.
Do you think your style and the way you dress has evolved as you have become more confident within yourself?
I can’t believe I’m saying this but I used to be a bit of a skater girl a couple years back. Nike shoes, baggy jeans, so many bright colours, I would probably never wear it again. As a teenager I was trying to fit in with my peers and today I just wear what suits my style and what I really love. My style is definitely classier and more classic now.
What women inspire you?
Caring and ambitious women with a passion. I am lucky I know many inspiring women I’ve worked with, am friends with or they’re my family. Other than that a singer Banks is my role model on many levels – I’m just obsessed with her.
What’s your favourite piece out of The Borrowed Collective and why?
The dress that was my first rental – A Heart of Gold. It has gold details which obviously is a yes! for me and the shape I absolutely adore. I love everything about it.
You can find Mary on Instagram here x