September 19, 2020

Student fashion on campus: Gucci to Crocs

Fashion tycoons have had huge popular cultural significance forever—Gucci, Michael Kors, and so on—their audience ranging from elementary schoolers to grandparents. However, their hold on college students has been getting stronger and stronger. 

The term “college campus” is not usually synonymous with “style centers;” however, some students on campus may be starting to change that. 

Where students’ wardrobes range everywhere from the “I know the best thrift stores in Columbus” attitude, which happens to be the most popular, to the downright boujee.

So grab your button-up, zip your fly, and switch your Crocs to sport mode because these are all the fashion trends going on around campus.

As you may have already expected, the casual, “look good, but not too good” aesthetic is quite common.

A perfect example of this what Cameron Friedman, a first-year music technology major, who was wearing an “H&M sweater, Homage Beanie, jinstow jeans, and some vans chukka.” In addition to this, the trend only grows from there.

Other students were wearing similar fits last week.

Chance Conway, a sophomore political science major, was sporting a “Levis leather jacket, long sleeve shirt from Kohls, Lee jeans, and Sonoma boots.”

Sophomore Chance Conway dons a classic leather jacket and jeans look.

Even more casualness was oozing from Aidan Minton, a junior film and media production major, granted it was on his way out of fencing class. This was more of a comfortable, yet quite stylish outfit: “white Steve Madden shoes, with grey textured sweatpants, a long white t-shirt, and a Harvard crew-neck.” The grey sweatpant joggers are a particularly common part of an outfit among men going to Capital.

Photo courtesy of Aidan Minton, taken by Andrew Mcewen.

However, the names of the princes of fashion still have a hold on Cap’s fashion ideals. Rocco Iacobone, a junior IBS business and English major, was stuntin’ with the “Aston Grey brown chukka boots, black Express jeans, grey Michael Kors sweater, brown leather Express watch, and a brown faux-leather fur-lined Calvin Klein jacket.” 

Photo courtesy of Rocco Iacobone, taken by Tommy Bruning.

“Scrunchies are really in,” Brooke Taylor, a third-year emerging media major with a focus in public relations and a minor in journalism, said. “You can probably find any girl and she probably has a scrunchie on.” 

Brooke Taylor, junior, comments on the traditional items worn but students right now.

“For guys it is always the shoes,” she said. “Every guy has their signature shoe look … Jordans and stuff like that.”

Fashion is a matter of self expression, everyone has their personal tastes and all tastes have a moment where they come into their own, whether it be an exam at 8 a.m. or going out with a group of friends. 

The main point of paying attention to how you dress is how you view yourself, however, clothing is also one of the first things people notice about you, so maybe skip the baggy sweatpants and Timberlands combo.

  • Josh Conturo is a reporter for the Chimes and a sophomore studying emerging media with an emphasis on journalism, and loves all things related to cars, coffee, and comedy.

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