I met John while reading in the park. As I was immersed in my book, I saw something orange brush past me, and it immediately caught my attention. John’s pants screamed Halloween and his vintage style resonated with me. He looked like a troubled writer (yeah, I had literature on my mind) and I was so shocked to find him to be studying medicine. His classic yet casual look is a definite trend among us college kids at the moment.
School: St. Louis University Medical School
Major: Fourth Year Grad School, MT
Let’s Talk Fashion
Who inspires your style? “Just anyone on the street. If I see something I like, I ask them where they got it.”
How would you describe your sense of style? “Anything colorful and functional.”
Why did you choose this particular outfit? “This was the shirt I slept in, and the pants were on the floor, and since it’s Halloween, orange seemed fitting. The blazer and the fedora were all the winter clothes I had out.”
What fashion advice would you give to other students looking to improve their style? “Buy clothes as memories, not just as something to wear. I’m a nostalgic person, so I like clothes that remind me of my past. I have a tradition of buying a belt whenever I visit a new place or have a valuable experience. So when I tie on my belts in the morning, I think of some happy time in my life. Belts also never go out of style.”
What are your favorite trends right now? “I have no idea what current trends are.”
Do you have any favorite fashion designers? “Nope.”
What do you do for fun? Do you have any unique hobbies or interests? “I’m a classically trained vocalist, so I perform when I get the chance. I’m also trying to learn about coffee: different origins, different brewing processes, etc.”
If you could raid anyone’s closet, who would it be and why? “Joseph Gordon Levitt circa 2010.”
Elements of John’s Outfit
“I got this when I was visiting my sister in Kansas City. We’re pretty close, but because we’d been living in separate cities for a couple years. It had been a long time since we’d hung out. We spent a day walking around and catching up. She showed me her new digs and favorite hangouts, and I bought a belt during a brief shopping jaunt,” John tells me.
I love that John uses his clothes to represent memories. I usually do this with bracelets, but this idea can be applied to anything. You could use the same theory and buy a hat, sunglasses, headband, or really any accessory, giving yourself a physical representation of a happy occasion.
2. Bold Colored Pants
I loved John’s pants – they’re what first drew me to his style! These pants really make his outfit pop and coordinate well with his vintage accessories.
Colored pants are a great way to look more put-together, as opposed to your average jeans or neutral chinos. I am so glad they have been coming back into style and I can’t wait to buy a pair of my own burnt orange pants.
Everyone has said fedoras are quickly headed back out of style, but I can’t let go! I really think they have a place with people who wear vintage clothes. They were such iconic accessories in the early decades of the 20th century. No man left their house without one, then they dwindled, and came back a few times.
I definitely don’t think they’ll become a major style again, like they were during the 20s-50s, but people who are bold enough, like John, to take on a vintage style, will continue to work these quintessential accents.
Orange pants: yes or no?
What do you think of John’s fall look? Do you ever wear fedoras? Comment below and let us know!