Cottage Core Meets Emo Goth: The Confident and Freeing Fashion of Marisol Tang ’26

Tang combines multiple aesthetics to form her style.

Tang takes inspiration from social media and their hometown to inform their outfits

Tang accessorizes with layered bracelets.

Donning sleek, black fishnet leggings and cozy ankle warmers, Marisol Tang ’26 builds a striking outfit melding indie-core and a modern emo rock aesthetic, with hints of southern cowgirl influences. Tang accessorizes with an iconic and eclectic mix of beaded and woven bracelets. She commented on how each component of her outfits reflect her.

“Fashion has always been my defining point, whether it be physical, mental, or just everything. My fashion sense is what makes me feel truly connected to myself, and truly connected to what I want to do with my life, and how I want to act. Because when I truly feel good about an outfit, I know I’m happy for the entire day, and nothing stops that. So fashion is almost a freeing point for me,” said Tang.

Tang finds inspiration from a variety of sources, ranging from social media to their hometown culture in Albuquerque, New Mexico. When crafting outfits, they focus on accentuating their upper body with various crop tops. Staple accessories include crystal bracelets paired with exactly four hair ties, as well as friendship bracelets Tang has accumulated over the years. Tang described the diverse yet cohesive nature of their fashion.

“I take a lot of inspiration from TikTok creators across the board, whether they’re simple, basic layering fits or over-the-top, [and] baggy jeans with chains all over them, I really like that. But I also take from my own cultures and where I grew up from, so that’d be New Mexico, with our studded belts, over-the-top bedazzled jeans, and cowboy boots, and so much going on, but it’s all connected at the same time,” said Tang.

According to Tang, she doesn’t choose outfits according to the weather, instead, dresses in clothing she feels most authentic in. She also explained how their fashion doesn’t quite fit into one aesthetic, instead embodying a creativity that transcends trends.

“I don’t really listen to a specific aesthetic all the time, and I want to feel like I am a part of my outfit… I hear a lot of different answers from people and what they think my style is, but personally, I really don’t know what it is… One thing that they all have in common is that they’re not necessarily basic or trendy. I follow natural colors, but at the same time, I like that one pop of pink to make an outfit brighter than usual,” said Tang.

Describing their style as “cottage core meets emo-goth,” Tang’s friend Morgan Hsu ’26 talked about how Tang’s intentionality with outfits unified their experimental style. Hsu also noted how Tang’s dynamic fashion has evolved over the few months she’s known them.

“The amount of attention to detail, like every single piece has a purpose to the outfit…just ties it all together. So no matter how many necklaces she is wearing, it all looks intentional… Before, when I first met Marisol, [her style] was very spiky. So many spikes everywhere, on the necklaces, on the earrings, on the boots. I feel like now it’s becoming more cottage core and less goth, but it’s still sticking to her true personal style,” said Hsu.

Similarly, Tang’s friend Ray Williams ’26 described her style as “cowgirl” and “indie pop,” synthesizing her aesthetic as a hybrid of different styles inspired by her New Mexican background. While Hsu discussed the changes of Tang’s physical style, Williams talked about the consistency of Tang’s confidence in her fashion. He also highlighted Tang’s crop tops.

“I’ve never caught her without wearing one of her crop tops. They’re all so unique, whether it be color, style, or anything regarding them. Marisol is very well known for her eccentric crop tops, I would say. They all really make her, her… What I think makes Marisol’s style even more special is that it hasn’t changed. She knew from day one, from the day I’ve met her, she knew what she wanted to wear, she knew what she enjoyed wearing, and she stuck to it since,” said Williams.

Looking ahead, Tang hopes for more people at Andover to explore their own style, especially with the lack of a dress code. They emphasized the fun and liberating nature of experimenting with fashion.

“We have no dress code here and I’m really appreciative of that, I love that because everybody gets a chance to truly let go. So even if your basic day-to-day style is sweatpants and a sweatshirt, which has nothing wrong with that, I think there should just be one day where you truly try and stand out and have fun with your outfits,” said Tang.