As students start to trickle back into campus and a frenzy of pick up trucks filled with mattresses and futons start to invade the streets of Athens, a sense of excitement thickens the already 50 percent humidity air. Although my second to last semester will consist of all of the more mundane classes that I’ve been putting off since deciding that Fashion Merchandising was my true calling, I’d be lying if I said that I was at least a little bit relieved that classes are just around the corner. My brain is craving some serious textbook flirting, classmate observing and fresh new moleskin note taking. So to find a Fashionisto that shares my same passion for broadening one’s horizons only added to the buzz that is currently taking over Athens.
This Fashionisto is an Anthropology major with a pension for his grandfather’s hand-me-down leather oxfords. Though he may spend most of his summers fraternizing with wild buffalo as he works at the Yellowstone National Park, this Fashionisto knows how to lay on the style when he’s done running with the wolves. He says his effortlessly cool aura (my words to him) can be attributed to his frugal collection of Levi 510s. In my opinion, I love a guy in a nice skinny pant. An unfortunate disagreement with an optometrist’s Snellen chart led to his inevitable acquisition of a pair of browline Ray-Bans that Don Draper wishes he could pull off as well as this Fashionisto. A splash of horizontal stripes and a fedora on top to seal it all in makes for an outfit that says, “Yeah, I once caught a wild salmon from the Yellowstone river with my bare hands and I looked good doing it too.”
Hint: We don’t all have grandfathers with impeccable taste in fine footwear, so I’ve found these Johnston & Murphy oxfords to help you on your way (p.s. Nordstrom Rack always has some great deals on fancy footwear for men.) Add a burst of color with one of these cool keychains by Diamond Supply Co. Complete the look with a new pair of shades like these by Salt. Optics and you’ll be on your way.