Sometimes the best outfits we create are the ones that are based on a single truly remarkable garment or accessory that pulls the whole look together. Whether it is a dashing silk tie or a structured leather briefcase, the one piece is sure to make a bold statement along with the rest of the ensemble. I snapped this Fashionisto in a magnificently cut and colored ombré coat that speaks volumes for itself.
Name: William Storms
Major: Textile and Surface Design
CollegeFashionista: Where did you get all the pieces in your outfit?
William Storms: The shirt is UNIQLO, the boots are Timberland and I thrifted the coat, which was originally from Brooks Brothers.
CF: How would you describe your personal style?
WS: My personal style is a uniform. I don’t take many risks with color and mainly wear dress shirts or the occasional sweater. Coats are where I add variety. They’re either oversized or well tailored, but nowhere in between.
CF: What is it about coats that has led you to build your style around them?
WS: Coats are my security blanket. You could be wearing a T-shirt underneath, but throw on a coat and you immediately look more put together. A nice coat makes you look better whether you put in the effort that day or not.
CF: How do you incorporate coats into your outfits as the weather gets warmer and the layers come off?
WS: I tend to have a lot of oversized, light jackets. Summer nights are usually cool so I can get away with it. I’m a fan of hiding in a hood too, so I generally have large hoodies that are made from varied knits so they don’t look tacky!
CF: What are your favorite styles of lighter outerwear for the spring and summer seasons?
WS: For lighter outerwear, I would just grab a dress shirt!
CF: What is the second most important category of clothing in your wardrobe?
WS: Dress shirts would be my second favorite thing to purchase. I don’t think it’s possible to own too many button downs. I gravitate towards rag & bone, AllSaints or UNIQLO. Any button-down that is any shade of gray shall one day be mine.