I was first drawn to this Fashionisto because of his devil-may-care hairstyle. Then I spotted his shoes and knew that a photograph was in order. He protested briefly, claiming that he has much cooler outfits, but I persisted and lured him into the eye of my camera. And I’m so glad I did! His simple but chic attitude towards dress and style is something many other Fashionistos could learn from.
Name: Elias Attea
Major: Organic and Sustainable Agriculture
CollegeFashionista: How would you describe your personal style?
Elias Attea: My style generally reflects my mood, atmosphere, and social situation. Generally what I wear around is honest and simple, with notes of sophistication and a hint of professionalism. Most of my clothing has been modified (by myself that is) in some way because nothing ever fits me.
CF: Where do you usually shop?
EA: My accumulation of junk and attire has found its way from thrift shops, D.I.Y. projects and gifts from family and friends.
CF: What are the staple items in your wardrobe?
EA: Clae mid-tops, my only pair of sneakers I have right now. In fact these were the first new (unused or not from a thrift shop) pair of shoes since my junior year in high school. I got them for really cheap when the Swagger store closed down in Market Square (yes, I still hold my head up high after buying a pair of shoes from a place called “Swagger”). A pair of red skinny jeans (that I dyed and hemmed up) make their appearance every now and then.
CF: Do you have any style advice for other college students?
EA: Most of all, no one should feel pressured by the aesthetics of appearance. This is especially important to add when it comes down to your own personal criticisms about form and body. Love who you are; that is the key to appreciating your fashion creativity. Be honest, dress who you are, not as if you are in a music video. Keep things simple and do not overload accessories.
How To: Start off with a great pair of black skinnies, like this staple pair available from Levi’s. Then add a short sleeved button-down with strong, clean lines such as this one at Urban Outfitters. Top off the look by adding a fun pair of sneakers like this Clae pair available at Revolve Clothing.