The struggle to transition gracefully between seasons is one many students struggle with. Whether they dress for cold and melt or dress for warmth and freeze, it’s common to see the streets littered with kids bundled in boring sweats until Mother Nature makes up her mind. The fickle weather is no match for this Fashionisto, however. He effortlessly adds a few autumn staples to a summertime look. The end result is classic and on trend at the same time, ready to face the elements. Although this particular day was colder than it looked, this Fashionisto’s swag was hot, hot, hot.
Name: Daniel Gold
CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing?
Daniel Gold: My sunglasses are Ray-Bans. The T-shirt is HEATTECH by Uniqlo in New York. The jacket is Urban Outfitters. My watch is Michael Kors .The jeans are from TNT in Toronto and the brand is Mined Rd. Jeansmakers. These are some serious jeans. The belt is from Banana Republic and the shoes are from Browns.
CF: What are your major style influences?
DG: It really depends on my environment. I dress very differently in the city than I do on campus. So the jacket I'm wearing was heavily inspired by the fact that I was going to be walking around campus in the fall and wanted something more casual, more varsity. The first couple years I was always trying to dress it up a little too much and I stuck out. People at Queen's are a lot more casual. So my inspirations are my environments.
CF: Do you have any celebrity's who style you admire?
DG: No…no, I don't think so. I mean, I tried the blog thing for a little while but it's too—I find a lot of it is too contrived, so I just try to keep my style fresh and clean but relaxed. The same way when paparazzi snap pictures of celebrities when they're not working and are getting coffee or something. They're just casual but cool. That inspires me a lot more than looking at the cover of GQ.
CF: What's your #1 fashion faux pas?
DG: For me? It's not one specific thing… when people try too hard. So like, all the way buttoned-up shirt, tucked in, all that when everyone else is really casual. You know, just when someone isn't true to their environment.
CF: What is your favourite piece of student-budget friendly clothing that you own?
DG: These T-shirts. You have to get to New York to get them, so I don't know if that's student-budget friendly but they're $12 and they fit so well. Comfortable, stretchy and they keep you warm with the heat texture. I got one and then made my friend who lived in New York buy me one in every colour so I have the entire collection of these shirts.
How To: To achieve this look, embrace adaptability and pieces that can be dressed up or down. Quality basics are a must; T shirts in block colours and a well-fitting pair of jeans are easy to work with. Top off with investment pieces like a statement watch, a leather bomber jacket and a pair of Oxfords (a cap toe is a nice touch!) Complete with shades and the confidence that comes with comfort in order to fully embody this Fashionisto's look.