LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS: A Different Kind Of Bling

Let's Hear it for the Boys

Perhaps I’m biased, since I’m majoring in sculpture, but art students strike me as some of the most stylish students on campus. And even if you disagree, you have to admit that they at least dress interestingly. They’ve got aesthetics on their minds, and they aren’t afraid to be a little out-there.

Trust artists to be well-versed in colors and patterns, and to embrace mistakes and bizarre items. They may not always be completely trend savvy, but they put unique combinations together, and in my opinion, that’s what really matters. Knowing exactly what’s in style can only take you so far; you need a little personal flair. Dressing is an opportunity to make yourself into a piece of art… or showcase some of your own.

This Fashionisto is a Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design graduate student, as you could probably guess from his necklace. It’s one of his own designs, of course, made of exotic burkeye burl wood. He turned the wood, sealed it and then hung it on an 18 karat gold and oxidized sterling silver chain. You simply aren’t going to see a necklace like that anywhere else, since it’s the only one of its kind. Additionally, it actually means something to him, since he understands the process behind it; he choose the materials, designed it and produced it all himself.

Even aside from his necklace, this Fashionisto was dressed interestingly from head to toe. He embraced various colors, patterns and textures. His jeans had a very autumn-appropriate rust wash, his gray cardigan had a great heathered texture and his color-block T-shirt made great use of a pop of color. Last but not least (or rather, saving the best for last), check out his incredible cat-patterned sneakers. This may just be the best use of the cat pattern yet. With all these bold, colorful choices, it’s clear that this Fashionisto is aesthetically obsessed.

Hint: We normally hear the term “statement necklace” applied to women’s fashion, but men can wear statement pieces as well. While this Fashionisto’s necklace is quite large for the average college student, it demonstrates that the possibilities are endless, especially possibilities of the homemade variety. Make some personalized beaded bracelets or put an old keepsake on a chain. It doesn’t have to be big or grand; the fact that you made it is enough to make it a cool addition to your wardrobe. Wearing your own creations is one of the best and most satisfying ways to express yourself.

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