Your Style: Caitlin Alexander
“I am a Rochester girl — born and raised,” declares KTTC evening co-anchor and producer Caitlin Alexander.
“My career in TV news has taken me to several different places, but when the evening anchor opportunity arose in Rochester, I knew I wanted to make my way back home near my family. My parents still live in Rochester and my two sisters are based in the Twin Cities.”
When not in the newsroom, Alexander says, “I enjoy playing tennis, going on walks and runs and binge-watching TV shows with my husband! I volunteer as part of a registered therapy dog team with one of my rescues, Bea. She is more popular around town than I am.”
Please describe your style.
Comfortable, professional when necessary and perpetually covered in dog hair no matter what. I have always prioritized comfort. If something isn’t comfortable, I’m not down for it.
May we have a little background?
I think my clothing style originated from my schedule. I generally like to work out and volunteer in the mornings, so athletic wear became a big staple in my closet. Outfits for TV originated just by being an avid viewer of TV news. I knew what I liked just by watching at home.
Inspiration from family, friends, others?
My mom, sisters and I swap and share clothes often. They often tell me when they have something that they think might look nice on-air. And believe me, they’ll also let me know if they don’t like what I wore the night before! At KTTC, we have been fortunate to work with a consultant to help us look our best. People ask me where the idea for the curly hair came from. Her!
What do you hope your style communicates on air?
I hope my style comes across as professional and not distracting. The hope is that the viewers’ focus is more so on the news content itself, and less on me.
What are your wardrobe preferences for on air and off?
For work, I try to wear a lot of solids. I’m told patterns can sometimes be distracting. When I’m in a casual setting, the sky’s the limit. I suppose I’m usually in yoga pants and some crazy dog lady T-shirt.
When Tom appeared here, he mentioned that he coordinates with you for newscasts. Would you talk a little about that?
Tom is the best. Every day, he waits to see what I show up wearing — then he disappears and comes back with a tie that matches. He stores a lot of ties at the station. Viewers really seem to get a kick out of it!
The most essential components in your wardrobe?
I think a variety of professional and well-fitted blazers, as well as solid dresses, are essential for my work. For my off time, I think a few great pairs of jeans are a must.
What should every well-dressed woman have in her wardrobe?
I think every woman ought to build a wardrobe around the parts of herself she loves. I think in a professional setting, it’s great to have a suit that makes you feel like a boss. If you’re more into dresses, those are great, too. As for accessories, I rely on those a lot to make a few outfits look like many different outfits. It’s a great way to save.
Priceless sentimental pieces in your wardrobe?
For my 16th birthday, my dad got me a small pair of diamond earrings. He said he believed a woman’s first diamond should come from her daddy. I love that. I’ve worn them for all of life’s major events since then — high school graduation, college graduation, my wedding!
Any surprises in your wardrobe?
I am obsessed with this over-sized, maroon, Mickey Mouse sweatshirt that my sister found at a discount store. I borrowed it from her constantly for months. Not long ago, I was having a bit of a rough day, and she showed up with the sweatshirt in hand. She said I could keep it. I wear it almost every day.
Something family or friends find funny?
I have this one overnight bag that is brown with a bunch of hearts on it. I think I got it as a gift when I was in grade school. I still use it on most long weekends. My sisters tease me every time they see it. But hey, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Right?
Preferred season as far as style goes?
Fall, fall, fall! Give me a pair of jeans, tall boots and a scarf any day of the week.
Anything especially “Minnesota” about your style?
I love our state! I have several T-shirts with the state’s outline. I also have a pair of Minnesota earrings and a Minnesota necklace! I love to wear them when I travel, so people know I’m coming from up north — if the accent doesn’t already give me away!
Don’t get caught up on sizes. Judge an outfit by how it fits. I’m bad at math anyway, so the fewer numbers out there, the better!