Margaret Costa, also known as Megg, was born and raised on the South Coast of Massachusetts and has lived there her entire life. She graduated from Framingham State University, located just outside of Boston, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design & Retailing with a concentration in Merchandising. She loves to be active and express her creativity through fitness, fashion, and food. As Megg has continued to grow in the corporate world of men’s fashion, she has found herself wanting to explore new experiences and situations and is open to whatever the world has to offer.
College is a time of discovery and exploration; a time to find out who you are and what interests you want to pursue. For many students, entering their first year at a college or university can be intimidating and overwhelming and many have no idea where they will end up at the end of those four (our maybe more) years. Even for those who think they have a certain career path in mind upon beginning college; anything can change throughout your journey. You will be tested and pushed to your limits and will be put through experiences that can change your life or even the way you look at life. It is always important to go into situations with an open mind and not be afraid of taking risks.
For me, I have always been interested in the fashion industry and knew that it would be my major when I went to college. I couldn’t see myself pursuing any other type of career, whether it was science, history, or math – none of those subjects ever struck me as the type of field I could see myself in. Although I always had an interest in fashion, it was hard for me to find my personal style. I have evolved into so many different versions of myself through the years and was always changing my mind on what I thought my personal style should be. I grew up going to Catholic school my whole life, bound to a strict uniform, and tried to develop my sense of style through accessories and non-uniform days. Being the only girl among two athletic older brothers didn’t exactly help to evolve my sense of fashion either. I wanted to fit in with them so I was a bit of a tomboy when I was younger. Throughout the years I have had variations of many different personal styles – sporty, preppy, punk-rock, trendy – the list goes on and on. However, once I got to college and started actually exploring the industry and was able to dive deeper into the fashion world, my personal style began to level out. I wanted to be the chic, fashionable girl without being over the top. I wanted to make statements but also didn’t want to stand out too much, as I have always been shy and reserved. Upon graduating and entering the real world, I have continued to explore my fashion identity. As of now, my style is very simplistic and minimalistic; it is based around classic & timeless pieces that can be worn in a variation of situations, and can be built on different types of accessories and trendy pieces of the moment. Working in a corporate environment, I like to experiment with my fashion choices and always try to incorporate fun and accessories and prints into my day-to-day wardrobe. Working in an office doesn’t have to mean power suits and pencil skirts every day. Take risks, and have fun with your personal style!
Although I graduated with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and I am currently in a full time role with a menswear company, I still don’t know what my ultimate dream job is, where I will end up, and what types of positions lie ahead. Being unsure about your future is okay, and even exciting, because the world is full of endless possibilities. It is always important to try something new, something you never thought you would be doing, because it can open one door that can lead to a whole new world of experiences and surprises.