College Campus Style feat. Alex Wilson
September 8th, 2011
It’s that time of year again – back to campus.
College style can be tricky. You want to look presentable and job worthy, but not too stiff or uptight for a casual environment.
For this post we reached out to Alex Wilson, a student in the Design/Art/Architecture/Planning program (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati.
We caught up with Alex for his first week on campus, and he showed us that you don’t have to spend a lot to look good. “Since I’m in college, I work on a budget for my wardrobe – I’m no stranger to the thrift store and ebay.”
“I like american workwear looks like this one because they’re comfortable and masculine.”
About the Bag: “This rucksack is great because it’s strong and has plenty of pockets for whatever I need for a day of classes.”
Bonus Tip: “The timex watch was a thrift i found for six bucks, and I haven’t see too many other blue-faced Easy Reader’s around.”
Bonus Tip II: “Dress shoes” are not “dress” shoes anymore. Brogues and wingtips of all kinds are made with sportier fabrics and softer soles. Like these canvas joints with the rubber bottoms – more sneaker than corporate in my opinion.
Bonus Tip III: The beauty of this look is that every piece will get better with age and wear. That’s not shopping, that’s investing.
“Channeling vintage prep here. Something about a baseball jacket with a fitted cap and white sneakers means back to school to me… Best thing about this jacket, is that it’s fleece – warm without being heavy and comfortable like a sweatshirt.”
About the Bag: Find a canvas backpack, in a neutral earth tone, and you’ll find yourself carrying it everywhere.
Bonus Tip: Just because it’s laidback doesn’t mean it shouldn’t fit properly.
Bonus Tip II: A pair of white low-top canvas sneakers can round-out a whole lot of outfits.
“As a boy growing up, my mother enjoyed watching musicals. She was particularly fond of Singin’ in the Rain… I count count how many times I’ve seen that movie, but I do know is that Gene Kelly understood style, and color. He is one of my style icons and this look is inspired by him.”
About the Bag: A leather laptop case is the perfect cross between a briefcase and a portfolio. It’s great for business casual events – or when you only have a few notes for class.
Bonus Tip: Don’t be afraid of a little color mixing in the fall. Just keep it muted, in a classic silhouette (like a cable knit v-neck and button-down collar)
“This is one of my go-to looks for a class presentation, or to attend an academic event on campus…a guest speaker, for example.”
About the Bag: The classic messenger. An easy bookbag for a casual, but not too casual outfit. Perfect synergy with this look.
Bonus Tip: A dark cardigan is the perfect layer to look casual and presentable. It frames a shirt & tie similarly to a blazer, but is much more relaxed and comfortable.
Bonus Tip II: Boat shoes, preferably in the brown family, can serve as a more casual alternative to loafers. One of the reasons they have become so popular is their versatility, and comfort.
Bonus Tip III: Sometimes a nice pair of glasses can complete a look. Think about your outfit before popping in those contacts.
About the bag: “Sometimes as a design student you have to carry a lot of sh-t. Between fabrics, patterns, rulers, markers, sketch pads, sewing supplies, etc. the duffle sure comes in handy.”
Bonus Tip: A small duffle bag, especially a worn-in one, is perfect if you have top carry equipment, gym clothes and any other luggage along with your books, laptop, etc.
Bonus Tip II: Sometimes the weather call for only a fine gage sweater. That’s good weather.
“This is an outfit I draw from experience. My dad is a woodsman so I grew up hunting…I’m no stranger to the color palette here.”
About the Bag: Take s simple nylon backpack, make a statement with it.
Bonus Tip: “This outfit is perfect for the sporadic Cincinnati weather in the Fall. The flannel shirt and down vest keep me warm, but I can easily lose a layer if it heats up.”
Bonus Tip II: You don’t have to spend a lot to look good. Understand that and color/pattern are most important, and shop within your budget. There are plenty options if you know where to look, even on a students budget.
Thanks for reading and special thanks to Alex for participating!
Yours in style,
Photography by William Mata.