Fashionisto Spotlight

Fall is finally in full effect and this Fashionisto is already on the prowl, literally with his layering game. I love how this Fashionisto pays close attention to detail by layering a cotton vest underneath a denim jacket, creating a peek-a-boo effect. He certainly knows how to take his basic pieces and center it around an eye catching graphic T-shirt, playing off patterns and dimensions. He is a great template to go by when deciding how you want to layer your favorite pieces for the fall.

Name: Melvin Sturdifen

Major: Business Media Studies

Year: Senior

CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing today?

Melvin Sturdifen: I am wearing a denim jacket I purchased from a thrift shop. I got the cotton vest, panther shirt and pants and from Forever 21. The flannel is from Sears. My steel bracelet is from Sophisticated Ignorance.

CF: How would you describe your personal style?

MS: Eclectic. Because I don’t like to wear the same styles every week. Some weeks I may have a grungier look and then the next I may try some color-blocking. It keeps it fun and others on their toes.  

CF: What is a staple in your closet?

MS: I find myself wearing a lot of button-downs. Printed button-downs like my army fatigue and floral ones. Because they can be either dressy or causal depending on the bottom you choose.

CF: Do you have an actual favorite piece you are excited to wear?

MS: I would have to say my blazers. I am excited to put another twist on them and make them more of a casual look.

CF: What fall trends you have you been enjoying this semester so far?

MS: Layering. Also the use of Southwestern prints. Which is really cool how something from the Southwest is being brought into fashion.

CF: What style advice would you give others?

MS: To be yourself and to have fun with it. You don’t have to conform to everything sometimes. You can try going the distance to be different. Fully commit to the outfit and don’t just halfway do it.

CF: How do you feel about VCU’s fashion?

MS: I think everyone is trying to express their own personality. I think it’s fun and keeps you on your toes. People from all different cultures are dressing out and it kind of makes you want to step your game up.

How To: Love the cotton blazer peek-a-boo effect as much as I do? Like this Fashionisto, utilize Forever 21′s men’s collection. It really does have creative pieces for less such as cotton vests like this Fashionisto sports. To add even more fun to this look try a printed vest as well. Also grab your self a cool animal graphic T-shirt.


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