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Looks on Campus: Sam – BYU


Sam and I live in the same apartment building, so I often pass him and his awesome wardrobe to and from campus. With his trademark glasses and maroon Doc Martens, his unique style is impossible to miss. When I asked him to pose for Looks on Campus, I was delighted to find that he is as charming and unique as his homemade bow tie.

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College street style at BYU

Name: Sam

Hometown: Scottsdale, Arizona

College: BYU

Year: Sophomore

Major: Graphic Design

Let’s Talk Fashion

Where do you like to shop? “I like to shop sale racks. I usually go to Urban Outfitters and J.Crew. Other than that, I like to go to second-hand stores to find little gems.”

What do you like to do in your free time? “I like to sing and play music. I like to collect old vinyl records. I like to swim and surf. And I like riding my little penny board.”

How has your hometown influenced your style? “Scottsdale is pretty fashion-forward. People know it for good shopping. Living there constantly influences you, and there’s always good stuff to buy.”

How has your style evolved? “As I started to travel, I would go places and see how the culture would influence people’s styles and how it was different from my own. When I would incorporate that into my own style, it would stand out as something different.”

Where do you look for inspiration? “I like watching people in daily life. I try to follow sites like The Sartorialist. I like looking at style blogs.”

What is your favorite thing in your closet? “My charcoal grey J.Crew cardigan. I wear it all the time.”

What is your favorite trend? Grunge mixed with preppy.”

What advice would you give to other students who are trying to find their style? “What I notice with people who don’t have good style is that their clothes don’t fit them right. If they get clothes that really fit, that have the right cut, they’ll look fantastic.”

Elements of Sam’s Outfit

1. Unique Accessories

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Sam’s Oliver Peoples glasses are retro and classic, giving him a stylish, academic look. I was surprised to discover that his bow tie, which appears to be a simple pattern when viewed from far away, is actually a charming cat print! He made it himself – pretty cool, right?

2. Mixed Patterns

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Mixed patterns have been a big trend this year, but I haven’t seen too many guys attempt the look. I like that Sam paired his camo pants with a polished, striped button-down. When Sam combined his mixed prints with a solid navy jacket, the overall look reflected his ideal aesthetic, the mix of preppy and grunge.

3. Doc Martens

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Boots are commonplace at Brigham Young University (and probably on your campus, too!), but Sam’s Doc Martens set him apart from the crowd. When paired with his camo pants, they give off a great ’90s vibe. Sam’s quirky socks, usually hidden by his pant leg, show that you can never have too much fun with fashion.

Your Thoughts?

What do you think of Sam’s look? How will you draw inspiration from this guy’s style? Have you combined grunge with preppy? How awesome are his Doc Martens and bow tie? Let us know with a comment!

Posted on on December 22, 2012 / Filed Under: Looks on Campus / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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19 Responses to “Looks on Campus: Sam – BYU”

  1. 1
    December 22nd, 2012 at 1:05 pm


  2. 2
    December 22nd, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    if i’m not mistaken, the guys of BYU have the best style! who woulda thunk? :) i love when you guys feature men on this section!

  3. 3
    December 22nd, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Hi Sam. Marry me

  4. 4
    December 22nd, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Love his style!

  5. 5
    December 22nd, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    looooove. i wish there were guys on my campus who dress like him!

  6. 6
    December 22nd, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Sam should totally post a tutorial on how to make a bow tie!!!! I <3 BOW TIES!!!!!!!

  7. 7
    December 22nd, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    this man is beautiful. call me!!! <3

  8. 8
    December 22nd, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    PERFECT. I love preppy mixed with grunge–basically the two most fashion forward ways to dress–and I love that Sam has his outfit cemented down to his socks and hair (which guys, let’s be real, tend to neglect). A+ in my book.

  9. 9
    December 22nd, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Great hair

  10. 10
    December 22nd, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    I’m not sure about the camouflage trousers to be honest, but overall he does look good. Love the Doc Martens :)

  11. 11
    December 22nd, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    love the juxtaposition of preppy with 90s grunge. plus who doesn’t love a bow tie?

  12. 12
    December 22nd, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    ooh love it! I have a pair of camo pants, too :)

  13. 13
    December 23rd, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Not super into the camo pants, but he looks great! ;D

  14. 14
    December 23rd, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Making me wish I went to BYU ;)

  15. 15
    December 24th, 2012 at 11:14 am

    He’s cute and I like his pants/jacket

  16. 16
    December 26th, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    I’m a sucker for a guy in a bowtie. bowties are cool :P

  17. 17
    December 26th, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Hey Sam! I associated camo pants with honey boo boo! Thanks for replacing THAT with a new and hot mental picture of camouflage print!

  18. 18
    January 4th, 2013 at 1:46 am

    Sam is a babe.

  19. 19
    January 5th, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Bowties are cool.

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