Fashion Column: Dress to Impress

Junior Brett Levengood includes a blazer in his overall look, finding that dressing better adds confidence to his day Junior Brett Levengood includes a blazer in his overall look, finding that dressing better adds confidence to his day
Senior Heather Quirk uses simple neutral colors, a cardigan, and boots to fashionably keep warm in a dress during winter. Senior Heather Quirk uses simple neutral colors, a cardigan, and boots to fashionably keep warm in a dress during winter.
Sophomore Tobias Nordlund shows a formal look that he has discovered suits his personal taste. Sophomore Tobias Nordlund shows a formal look that he has discovered suits his personal taste.

By Bree Whitelock
Opinions Editor

This week’s column sought out students who were not afraid to break out of the normal college fashion realm to take their attire from comfortably classic to classily chic.

Most of the time, the way college students dress is meant to be multi-purpose, allowing us to transition from a busy day of classes to a long night in the library. While this way of dressing sounds practical, it is not the only option. Students have the ability to make campus their “personal runway” by wearing what makes them feel unique and sets them apart.

Sophomore Tobias Nordlund is shown wearing a dark blue colored pair of khakis along with a navy button down sweater. He chose to wear a neutral brown button down shirt under the sweater, along with a geometrically patterned tie. His outfit comes together for a well-rounded look demonstrating how you can easily wear formal clothes without trying to draw too much attention to oneself. His leather footwear was a great choice in order to tie in the leather accent of the belt; small details make a big difference.

When asked why he wears clothes commonly associated with dressier occasions Nordlund responded, “I do it because I want to look nice and look respectful, while not looking like everyone else.

“The clothes you wear reflect your personality,” he added. “You never know who you are going to meet on that given day. And it goes on my mood as well; be you and be funky.”

Nordlund provided some more helpful insight by suggesting to not completely follow trends, but instead to find something that suits someone personally.

“A lot of kids are scared to wear grown up clothes and look nice every day,” he said. “Dressing up makes you feel better and you look good. I try to be myself in my clothes.”

Senior Heather Quirk shows off her dressier attire with a light pink dress paired with a neutral colored oversized cardigan. The ruffles at the top of her dress work to make a distinction between the two similarly colored pieces, while helping tie them together as well. Dresses may seem like an unreasonable outfit choice with the cold weather this time of year, but the addition of a cardigan can help make any dress winter ready.

Quirk’s outfit shows how easily neutral colors can become a statement of their own, similar to Nordlund’s. You don’t necessarily have to go with bold color choices in order to be recognizable. The dark color of Quirk’s knee-high boots helps offset the colors of the clothing pieces making her ensemble work as one. Tall boots are essential to any women’s wardrobe this time of year, as they work to provide warmth, yet are all around polished fashion pieces.

Junior Brett Levengood demonstrates how even on a rainy day, fashion does not have to be washed away. By paring a wool blazer with a pair of khakis, he is able to stand out in an original way on a dull day. Under his blazer, Levengood chose a navy blue button down shirt with a matching navy and gold striped tie. In addition, he paired his outfit with bean boots, perfect for a wet weather day. The blazer adds an heir of sophistication to Levengood’s outfit, making you stop to realize how much a little more effort can bring to an outfit.

“Mostly, I’ve found that the style I have cultivated is a result of my discovery that when I dress better, I tend to feel more confident in my daily life,” Levengood said. This seems to be a trend among people who take the way they dress into consideration.

“I’ve also found that it doesn’t really take any extra time to put on some nice clothes,” he added, making the process easier than it would seem in theory.

Another point Levengood brought up was the functionality of clothes. He is “…always willing to pay a little more for quality, for example, purchasing boots made in the US that will last for years rather than something imported that will last maybe two seasons.”

Fashion is about personal flair and expressing yourself through your own unique qualities. Don’t be afraid to take the next step, maybe a leap for some, and wear what inspires you.

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