What Chargers are Really Wearing

By: Mattie Tomey

Fashion can be used to express yourself; Some would even consider it an art form. Whether you spend 40 minutes the night before or 10 seconds the day of planning your outfit, what you wear can affect how you feel about yourself and how others perceive you. As Rachel Zoe, an American fashion designer, says: “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”

Shorecrest is full of intelligent, talented young people who showcase a variety of different things . With such a creative and diverse student body, I decided to seek out some students and ask them about their styles. 

Stella Pagano:

“I honestly don’t have a super defined style, I kind of just wear whatever I find and go with it. I actually take a lot of clothes from my mom and get inspiration from her. I like bright colors, even though I don’t wear them all the time because they’re hard to match. I’m pretty organized and busy, so I think my style reflects that because I try to look put-together.”

Brenna Dukes:

“I like to wear actual outfits I put thought into and that are put together and that aren’t just sweatpants and a t-shirt makes me feel better and more focused in class and makes me feel better about myself, so I put more effort into what I do. I feel like I present myself better because I feel better about myself. I also just like being unique, and, I don’t know, I just like weird pants. And it’s not that I like to be the center of attention, but I like people noticing my outfit and being like, ‘Oh, that’s cool, I haven’t seen someone wear that before, at least within our community.’ I just like trying new stuff and it’s something fun to play around with. You just try random things together and see what works: what colors and patterns and textures you like putting together. I get most of my clothes from Target, Princess Polly and Canvas- because I work there, so probably half my clothes are from there.”

Shannon Ross:

“Sometimes I’ll just go with whatever mood I’m feeling that day, or whatever music I’ve been listening to. So, if I’ve been listening to kind of edgy and aggressive music, I’m gonna wear my boots and long sleeved shirts and stuff. But it really just depends on how I’m feeling that day. Sometimes I’m just lazy and I don’t want to wear anything but sweatpants. At school I’ll mostly base my outfits off of comfort, because I don’t want to be walking around the school trying to fix my outfit all the time. I definitely get a lot of outfits off Instagram and Pinterest, and I also get a lot of inspiration from my friends. Like, sometimes I’ll see Brenna wear an outfit and then I’ll come to school wearing the same outfit but with my clothes. So I usually get inspired by stuff around me or something that I see that looks interesting. I thrift a lot and I also go to Revolve, even though the clothes there are still kind of expensive. When I actually want to go shopping, I’ll go to places like American Eagle or Pacsun, or other places that have good basics.”

Johnathon Currie

“On a normal day, everything is Tommy Bahama: the shirt, pants, the whole ordeal. The shoes- I love Jordan’s, I wear a lot of Kyrie’s. When it’s cold, I like to break out the jackets, get the Timberland North Face collab, the classic NBA Nike Jacket. Basically, I like to have some semblance of a theme, but not really matching.”

Rod Casteel

“I would say I try to dress very comfortably, because when I’m at school I like to be able to just stretch and move around. For the most part I get my clothes at Dillard’s because that is where my mom and I shop. If I’m just looking to shop for stuff that’s not that expensive I like to go to Target and JCPenney. I definitely always go for a sweatshirt or a hoodie because it’s so comfortable, and I’ll never be too cold or too hot, and if I do get hot I can just roll up my sleeves. If I don’t want to be bothered, I’ll just put my hood up, or if I want to fall asleep, it’s amazing. And I like a pair of good ripped jeans.”

Athena Smith

“I think my style is almost minimalist, I don’t really like a lot of super crazy patterns and bright colors, I like a lot of earthy tones. I’m very inspired by vintage trends and I draw a lot of inspiration from old films or looking at old pictures of my mom, and what she used to wear in the 80s. I also really like a lot of European trends, I went to Paris over the summer and they really just seem to dress better over there, so that inspires me. I like to thrift a lot because I think there’s a lot of unique things there that you can’t really find in new stores like Urban Outfitters. It’s also better for the environment and you can just find really interesting pieces. I wear the same jewelry pretty much every day, it’s all vintage and I have a necklace that I made.”

Ryan Healy 

“So when I was a freshman I put so much effort into my outfits every single day, I dressed like a little CEO, I wore blazers, it was very cute-sy. Then gradually as my high school career continued I realized, ‘Wow, this is a lot, this is kind of stressful’ and the quality and effort of choosing my clothes kind of went in a downhill slope and you know, depending on how tired I am, most days I just roll out of bed and grab the first thing I see. If it’s a special holiday or if it’s my birthday is probably the only time I come to school with makeup or thinking about it. But I feel like my style is very preppy. I think I’ve always dressed way too old for my age, but more in the way that I want to look more elevated, and I like things that are timeless and I don’t really follow trends to a huge degree. I just look at things and I’m like, ‘Yeah, I would definitely wear this ten years from now.’ But I think the knowledge that I have about fashion has given me a good background for when I’m older. I also think it’s given me a better appreciation for what fashion is, because I think a lot of people kind of dismiss it and view it as just what you wear and think it’s stupid. But what you wear can impact a lot, like how people are going to perceive you, what first impression you’re going to make. It is an art form, too, and can speak to society, culture, and history.”

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