April 15, 2021
Since quarantine restrictions were enforced last March and students began to attend school virtually, putting together outfits became obsolete. Now that many students are back on campus, they have begun to trade their pajama pants for flair jeans, fishnets, and other style statements.
I talked to six students with eye-catching outfits to find out where they shop for unique pieces and how they find style inspiration.
Lilly Evans – Junior
Jacket: Retail Therapy
Shirt: Retail Therapy
Skirt: Forever 21
Go-to piece/brand: a statement shoe or fun jacket
Evans works at Retail Therapy, a bohemian-style size inclusive boutique in the Village. This job has helped inspire her fashion as well as stock her closet. She also draws inspiration from singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks, Pinterest and the 70s. Evans doesn’t have a label for her style but instead decides to go with what she feels like. “If I feel like wearing a dress, then I wear a dress,” Evans said.
Grayce Britton – Junior
Jacket: her grandma
Pants: Retail Therapy
Shoes: Doc Martens
Go-to piece/brand: Doc Martens
Britton gets her pieces to supplement her “granny chic” style from her grandma’s closet, thrift stores and boutiques. “I wake up in the morning and I have a vision in my head. And then that vision usually doesn’t work out, so I do the next best thing,” she says with a laugh.
Jackson Connolly – Junior
Belt: his grandpa
Shoes: Doc Martens
Go-to piece: Brixton pants and Doc Martens
Connolly’s fashion taste is inspired by outfits online and window shopping. To achieve his “alternative indie” style, he combines staples like his gray pinstripe pants and red boots with eye-catching tops. He accessorizes with rings, necklaces and belts. “A lot of my fashion is just stuff I think looks cool on me,” Connolly said.
Madison Rivera – Sophomore
Skirt: Brandy Melville
Go-to piece/brand: thrifted items
Rivera finds most of her unique pieces from thrift stores. She gravitates towards black, red and darker tones. Rivera doesn’t confine her style to a specific label; she gets ideas for outfits on TikTok and from her own imagination.
Claire Little – Sophomore
Go-to piece/brand: thrifted items or Nike
Little finds inspiration for her streetwear style on social media platforms like TikTok. She gets most of her pieces from thrift stores. She has a relaxed approach to picking her outfits. “I don’t know, I just kinda match things together,” Little said.
Devin Stadnyk – Freshman
Headband: Etsy shop
Go-to piece: Jean and leather jackets
Stadnyk’s style is inspired by three decades of fashion: the 60s, 70s and 80s. Jimi Hendrix has also influenced his “punk rock hipster” taste. Most of his pieces come from Christmas gifts or were ordered online.