TLP Spotlight: Working in [Maine] style

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Matthew Warner could go a year without washing his shirts and never wear the same outfit twice.

Call it fashion, call it passion; it’s a lifestyle he shares through his Instagram account, @modernmainer, where he lays out and stylistically photographs his daily outfits, from slim jeans and sweaters to shorts and colorful T-shirts. He has amassed a following of more than 5,600.

He’s come a long way from the shy high school student growing up in the small town of Winthrop where his graduating class had just 60 people.

Hoping to break out of that small-town environment and find himself, he chose to attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he earned his degree in consumer, apparel and retail studies with a minor in business.

Moving back to Maine after college, he worked for the boutique clothing chain francesca’s as the store manager for five years before joining Trueline, where he serves as a content coordinator.

Today, he continues to share his unique style through Instagram, showing off his large collection of watches, sunglasses and leather and suede shoes, and his love for bright colors and prints—as well as the enduring simplicity of a white t-shirt and jeans.

“I don’t follow trends, I kind of create my own. I want things that will last a lifetime and never go out of style,” he says.

“I don’t follow trends, I kind of create my own. I want things that will last a lifetime and never go out of style.”

Otherwise, he describes himself as “crunchy,” a lover of the outdoors, and passionate about his home state.

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“Going away made me really appreciate what Maine has to offer,” he says. “I’ll probably be here the rest of my life.”

Fun Facts:

His besties: His sisters Anna and Sarah, his best friend Erin, and his cat, Millie.

His ideal day off: Lounging in his apartment, or lazing out by the water (any water).

His favorite thing about his job: Engaging with people he wouldn’t normally meet, and learning about unique companies and industries.