With the fleeting summer weather, many assume that their fun, colorful, vivid wardrobe must also subside until sunnier days. This Fashionisto and I are two to disagree as he mimics autumn tones with his rust-colored flannel and burgundy pants. He is able to tastefully incorporate these fun colors into his fall wardrobe.
Name: Chris Haaser
College Fashionista: Where do you get your fashion inspiration?
Chris Haaser: I’m originally from New England, so I’ve always been surrounded by either Nike or Ralph Lauren — there is no in-between. Going to school in Chicago has been rather liberating. I now feel that it’s acceptable to dress in a style other than sporty or preppy.
CF: If you could swap closets with anyone, who would it be and why?
CH: That’s easy, Ryan Gosling in the movie Crazy, Stupid, Love. His wardrobe is the perfect combination of classy and edgy. I like that he “commands respect” through both his outfit choices and confidence.
CF: What are you wearing today?
CH: I actually just purchased the plaid shirt and maroon pants at H&M last week. The shoes are Sperry Top-Siders, I wear them nearly everyday because they go with almost anything.
CF: How has your style evolved throughout your life thus far?
CH: I haven’t really put too much thought into my style until recently. My wardrobe used to be strictly Nike. Now, I have the confidence to wear what I think looks good even if it strays from the New England norm.
CF: What are a few of your favorite stores?
CH: I really like H&M, but a favorite is the Urban Outfitters Surplus store in Lincoln Park, Chicago. They’ve got all of the clothes that you would find at a typical Urban Outfitters for unbelievably low prices. I found a cool Boston T-shirt for a dollar in a recent trip.
How To: It’s no secret that colored pants are trending, but some Fashionistos have been hesitant to get on board. If you’re feeling a bit uncertain but would like to give the trend a try, I suggest you invest in earth-toned pants. Burgundy bottoms are a great alternative to everyday jeans and khakis without being too bold. Flannels are certainly a must in any guy’s wardrobe. If you liked this Fashionisto’s shirt, here are a variety of colors to choose from at H&M.