Let's Hear it for the Boys

The art building on campus is where you can be sure to find students with a great sense of style. There are constantly students in and out who have free-spirited looks that speak for themselves. While walking by Bradley University’s art building, I found this Fashionisto styling it up in plaid, and I love the combination of pieces that he has chosen.

He creates a casual look using very dressy clothes. A button-down shirt, plaid shorts and boat shoes are mixed in with a snapback and sunglasses. Button-down shirts first originated with polo players, but they still have their way of looking preppy, vintage or even classy. What differentiates these shirts are the buttons that are used to keep the corners of the collar in place. By paying attention to detail, you can see how nicely his top correlates to the crimson red, dark blue and white of the shorts.

The shorts add another dimension to his look. Patterns will be very popular this spring, including plaid. Most people associate these crossed vertical and horizontal bands of color to farmers or lumberjacks, however; plaid can be very sophisticated and versatile. Be sure to wear your plaid shorts with neutral colors to avoid clashing, and pay attention to the size and print pattern. The pairing of this Fashionisto’s shirt and shorts is ideal, but he takes his preppy look to a modern fraternity look by having an open collar, sporty hat and rolled up sleeves.

All in all, it can be agreed that the boat shoes classify his ensemble. These shoes elevate style to the next level. They exemplify the perfect summer shoe. The great thing about them is they create a chance to add a splash of color. They come in all colors and patterns, which help to create focal points in outfits.

Hint: It is all about how you present yourself and the way you wear something. You don’t have to be preppy to wear boat shoes. They can be a great staple for casual looks that need structure. Furthermore, look into more patterned shorts this spring and see what great reactions you can receive by sporting something new.



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