Fashionisto Spotlight

In the summer heat it’s important to keep cool and protect your skin and eyes from the harsh, damaging rays of the sun. Sunglasses are on the rise as more than just protection these days, they are seen more of a form of self-expression. I spotted this Fashionisto due to his bright, patterned button-down, his bold pair of sunglasses and vintage baseball cap. With such an eye-catching look, I had to know more about the inspiration behind this Fashionisto’s style.

Name: John Bellows

Year: 2014

Major: English/Creative Writing

CollegeFashionista: What made you choose such a unique pair of sunglasses?

John Belllows: First of all, I like that they offer unparalleled protection from sunlight, as well as the fact that they’re not your everyday Ray-Bans or Oakleys that most younger people are wearing.

CF: What would you consider to be staple items in your closet?

JB: I like collared shirts with unique patterns, tank tops and vintage T-shirts. I really like anything that is different or makes a statement either verbally or artistically. I like to wear things that make people or myself think twice about the meaning of fashion.

CF: Where do you go to find new and exciting items to change up your wardrobe?

JB: I shop at thrift stores, yard sales and consignment shops. I also find inspiration in my imagination and my friends’ different style preferences.

CF: What would you like to see trending in the near future?

JB: I would like to see more customized clothing, such as cut-off pants and shirts. I’d also like to see more form-fitted garments, instead of baggy jeans and generic T-shirts. Most of all, I’d like to see more variety in sunglasses.

How To: To get this Fashionisto’s look, start by adding some crazy patterns to your wardrobe. Don’t be afraid to spice things up! Whether you choose a fun button-down like this Fashionisto or something trendier like a tank, there are many options for incorporating patterns into your everyday outfits. If you have more of a casual, comfortable style you might be better satisfied with a bold T-shirt with skinny jeans. Some Classic Black Vans sneakers compliment any outfit and are even functional for summer activities. To add the final touch, throw in some of your old, favorite pieces for that worn and casual feel that this Fashionisto’s outfit effortlessly exudes.


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