FASHIONISTO SPOTLIGHT: Narendra Wickremetunge

Fashionisto Spotlight

It's always great to see a guy that really brings personality and uniqueness to his style. Even in a very casual getup, like one this Fashionisto chose, the smaller details in his outfit choice really bring character and individuality to the look. This Fashionisto is a friend of mine whom I've known and respected for his take on fashion. His blog The Everyday Student highlights global fashion trends on the streets,while contrasting them with styles seen around campus on everyday students. It really is a small world of inspiration when it comes to fashion! I came across this Fashionisto on the last day before finals week. Even with all the hustle and bustle this Fashionisto was still able to bring together a relaxed look by combining a classic cardigan, a graphic T-shirt and comfortable denim pants.  

Name: Narendra Wickremetunge

Major: Media and Cultural Studies

Year: Senior

CollegeFashionista: Where do you shop at most?

Narendra Wickremetunge: Most of the shopping I do is at Goodwill or thrift stores. I was never necessarily a person who was too fond of paying a large amount of money on clothes. If I received a good discount or a deal of some sort, then it was a different story. Don't get me wrong, there are certain things you cannot buy for the price you prefer, but I only resort to that option very last. Majority of the time I bargain shop. Also, I am a firm believer of making your own clothing as a form of creativity and expression. So periodically I make T-shirt designs and alter garments to give my ensembles a sense of uniqueness.

CF: Who or what influences your style?

NW: I don't necessarily have a person I look up to when it comes to style because I take pieces from everything I encounter. But what influences my style the most is mood, weather and occasion. I have a large array of interests when it comes to presenting myself and it fluctuates on a daily basis because of these categories. I feel if you think it looks good, then have the confidence to pull it off regardless of what anyone thinks.

CF: Do you believe the fashion one wears shows their personality?

NW: Yes. I believe the way one dresses is an expression of their character. It might not necessarily be very noticeable but everyone has their unique ties toward their wardrobe. From color schemes that are chosen to accessories being worn, these things represent one's character

CF: Describe your style in three words?

NW: I don't necessarily have three words to describe my style but i do have a little phrase. I call myself “the everyday student.” Attending a university, [I] cross paths with many individuals on a daily basis. This exposes me to a large number of different styles people have and allows myself to acknowledge certain things I admire. I then take those aspects into consideration and can apply them to my style at different times. Fashion is a large industry and I am constantly learning things from my peers and surroundings.

CF: Where do you see fashion going in the future?

NW: I see fashion going back to the beginning of the old days. People are starting to wear more fitted clothes and layers. The quality people ensure in their clothing has risen in the past years and it's going to keep rising.

How To: To get this look, a deeply colored or retro patterned cardigan is essential. Cardigans are a unisex clothing option that can be worn in casual or sophisticated looks. Graphic T-shirts are also great pieces that add edge to a laid-back look. 

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