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Back to School Fashion Finds

by Kelly Kennedy, Social Media Editor

With classes back in session and students on campus, an outfit for class is no longer just the pajamas or sweatpants some have gotten used to wearing for online lectures. Being back in the classroom, students can now show off their personal style while getting back to a new normal. 

Mars Ross ‘23, Communication

How would you describe your sense of style?

“I would describe my style as eclectic and nostalgic. I love to collect all kinds of clothes that are unique and then find ways to fit them in my style. Even things that are ugly at first still have potential when styled right because they’re so unique!”

Is there anyone who you look to for fashion inspiration?
“I definitely look to the 60s/70s for fashion inspira- tion, I think fashion at this time had really fun shap- ing of garments and colors that make outfits more interesting. This was also the time when women felt they could dress more freely, with shorter skirts, crop tops, and higher heels especially platforms. I really appreciate their boldness to wear what they like and it inspires me a lot.”

What is a staple item in your wardrobe?

“I have so many items I love in my closet but I would have to say my favorite staple is my rainbow scarf. It’s hard to describe but all the different colors are woven together and create a really pretty fringe on the ends. I actually got this scarf from my mom who wore it in the 70s, which is why it’s so special to me. I like to wear it as a normal scarf, a shawl, or as a headband. It always adds some color to my outfits and makes me feel like a real hippie.”

When going to class, would you say you dress more for comfort or do you dress to impress? “For class I always try to wear outfits that represent my style and make me feel confident. I try to stay comfortable as well though, I have to stop myself from wearing my favorite platform boots and wear more comfortable shoes even though I know the platforms look better! Shoes are the main thing I sacrifice for comfort because of all the walking we do on campus and especially because of all the stairs! Other than that, style rules over comfort for sure!”

What is your go-to outfit for class?

“My go-to outfit is normally boots, bell bottom pants and then whatever top and jacket I have in my closet that compliment the pants. Most of my clothes come from the thrift store or vintage clothing, so I have

all kinds of unique tops and accessories that add to outfits, instead of just being a normal or boring piece that wouldn’t be noticed or appreciated.”

Reese Hollister ‘23, History

How would you describe your sense of style?

“I’d describe my style as mostly loungewear. I like to stay cozy and comfortable in the home and when I go out.”

Is there anyone who you look to for fashion inspiration?
“I look up to my siblings for fashion inspiration, each of us have our own style that meshes well with our personalities. [My sister] Gemma glass blows so she has a lot of cute workwear, and [my brother] Rye works in a programming office so his look is clean with long pants and shirts of various materials.”

What is a staple item in your wardrobe?

“My staple item is terry cloth shorts, which is like a towel. They are supremely cozy and ludicrously breezy.”

When going to class, would you say you dress more for comfort or do you dress to impress? “I dress for comfort rather than to present myself. My mantra is: look well, dress clean, feel good.”

What is your go-to outfit for class?

“For my go-to outfit, I’d have to go with my new Carhartt work shorts, which I bought from factory seconds for a discount despite no flaws, a belt and a

white tee.”

Nicole Leone ‘23, Marketing

How would you describe your sense of style?

“I would describe my style as trendy but also stylish because I don’t want to look like every other girl.”

Is there anyone who you look to for fashion inspiration?
“Yes, I look up to influencers a lot but recently I’ve been really into Addison Rae’s style. She is my age and she doesn’t just have one aesthetic, her style is an all around type of look going from cowgirl to y2k to casual to unique outfits.”

What is a staple item in your wardrobe?

“My staple item is definitely my hoop earrings be- cause I feel like even if I’m just wearing a sweatshirt or a casual outfit then it can definitely dress it up and make it look more stylish.”

When going to class, would you say you dress more for comfort or do you dress to impress? “When I was in highschool I used to always dress to impress and put makeup on everyday with a cute outfit in mind. But now that I’m in college I mostly dress comfy but cute.”

What is your go-to outfit for class?

“I’ll typically wear sweatpants with a cute crop top or when it’s hot I’ll wear a big t-shirt with biker shorts and nike socks. However, don’t be fooled by the way I look going to class because if you see me on the weekends I always try my best to pair a nice outfit together.”

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