Spring Forward Into Fashion

It’s that time of the school year where Brooklyn College earns the “spring” in spring semester. The weather is trending towards sun and warmth, and as our gorgeous campus gets more colorful, so do students’ fashion sense. We’re not going to say goodbye to our precious layers just yet, but there will be a little more pop in our outfits. After all, we’re not imprisoned by minus 10-degree weather anymore. Here’s a look into some BC students’ fashion for the spring. 

Gavin Hickson – Television & Radio Major

Q: What are you wearing today? 

A: “For the first time, because it just came in the mail, I’m wearing the “Make Donald Drumpf Again” hat, courtesy of the HBO shop. John Oliver, on ‘Last Week Tonight’ did a segment on Donald Trump. He pretty much eviscerated him, and debuted this hat at the end of the show. I was like, ‘Yeah, that needs to be a staple in my wardrobe now.’ Besides that, always Hanes’ basics. Gotta love the Hanes’ basic. Got the three pack of black crew neck t-shirts to start it out. I was gonna wear Made in NY Leftfield selvedge jeans, but I’m all fat right now, so they’re not fitting the way they should be. So I’m wearing some $50 Uniqlo stretchy pants today. And then this cardigan is actually my dad’s. He’s probably had it since 1970-something; from Frank Stella. It’s hand-woven in Scotland, of all places. Kind of a dope piece, a little bit itchy though. And then this pea coat, I had this thing for like six or seven years. I got it at Restoration Hardware, on sale for like 50 bucks. And then I’m wearing the Chuck Taylor Twos, the ones with the comfy soles and the non-slip tongue, so I can feel like a hipster, but also still take care of my arches; need arch support.”

Q: What do you like about today’s outfit?

 A: “I pretty much go monochromatic, so from the top to bottom, it’s all black. It fits in my aesthetic, except for the red hat, which is my only piece of flare. Everyone’s gotta have a little bit of flare. But for the most part, I like all black everything. Keep it simple. My all black aesthetic comes from that song on that album, ‘Watch the Throne.’ I forget the song, but there’s a line that’s like all black everything. That became my motto.”

Q: How are your outfits going to be transitioning with the change of season?

A: “You know what, I commit to the bit, honestly. Wearing all black in the summer gets hot as hell sometimes. But it works for me. I make it work. Maybe the sleeves will get shorter, but the overall aesthetic will remain the same. As the season kinda transitions, we’ll come up with black graphic tees.” 

Akilah Etienne – Voice Performance Major

Q: What are you wearing today?

A: “I’m wearing my wash blue jeans, and a crop top I bought from a thrift store way back, and a really cute red leather jacket. This here, is an infinity scarf that I usually rock. It kinda goes with everything, kinda pulls any outfit I wear together.”

Q: What do you like about today’s outfit?

A: “I like these black boots that I’m wearing because they go with any outfit and they make it look more casual, no matter what I’m wearing. And these jeans make my butt look really nice. And, I typically get a lot of compliments on this jacket. They say it looks like the Michael Jackson ‘Thriller’ jacket. I was going for a casual kind of look today. Like, roll out of bed, but still look pretty decent. That’s what I usually go for; the college chic.”

Q: Where does today’s style fall within your everyday fashion?

A: “This would kinda be a little, like, below how nice I would normally dress. I was kinda feeling a little like, ‘I wanna look spring-y,’ but I didn’t wanna try too hard. So, you know, if I was trying too hard, I’d wear maybe like a skirt and some makeup. But today, I just kinda rocked my ‘fro, no makeup and a pretty casual outfit.”

Q: How are your outfits going to be transitioning with the change of season?

A: “When it’s all spring-y, I’ll probably wear some spring dresses, and probably sandals, rather than boots. I wanna get off the boots because I get my toenails done and I like to show them off a bit.”

Alisa Kotlyar – Accounting Major

Q: What are you wearing today?

A: “Well, I’m wearing old Uggs. These are children’s Uggs actually. I got these like four years ago too. I went to work earlier and I work as a waitress, so I don’t want to get any real nice stuff dirty. I’m wearing really strange jeans. I haven’t worn them in a while, so I decided to pop them out today. And a plain white tee, because it’s the easiest thing to wear, and it matches everything. Got this beige cardigan because I have to somehow match the uggs. And this black leather jacket is my jacket to wear when it’s not cold out. My bag’s like 60 pounds, so I gotta wear something light.”

Q: What do you like about today’s outfit?

A: “I’m very indifferent about it. It’s comfortable. As long as it’s not uncomfortable for like sitting in class for two hours, I’m fine.”

Q: Where does today’s style fall within your everyday fashion?

A: “This is usually how I dress. I’m very casual. Unless I’m going out, obviously, I’m not going in old children’s Uggs.”

Q: How are your outfits going to be transitioning with the change of season?

A: “It won’t change much. I work everyday, so it kinda sucks, because I have work right before and after school. And I don’t like to wear really nice things to work because I always get them ruined, so I usually look bummy when I go to school. So it sucks for me, because I want to try to look, chic I guess, but it never works out. I was way worse my first semester though.”

Shanelle Hudson – Psychology Major

Q: What are you wearing today?

A: “I’m wearing a gray sweater from Wet Seal, my favorite Aldo shoes, some funky socks because funky socks are cool, and all salmon-colored, self-made bodysuit, made from a shirt and leggings.” 

Q: What do you like about today’s outfit?

A: “I wore this specific outfit, especially the salmon-colored bodysuit, because I work at a school during the day and my students like to plan their outfits — they’re first graders. They said, ‘We’re gonna wear leggings tomorrow.’ So I wore my only pair of work-appropriate leggings, which are the salmon-colored ones. Also, I knew I was gonna be in school after work for a while, so I decided to wear a really comfy sweater. I needed something that would cover my butt crack, but would still keep me warm, without making me too hot.”

Q: Where does today’s style fall within your everyday fashion?

A: “That’s like asking, ‘Where does the cow fall in a tornado?’ I’m really erratic when it comes to fashion. I work in a school, so I stay business casual. During the weekends, I can wear anything from pasties and some leggings to a full-blown, planned-out outfits. I have no real sense of fashion; it just goes along with my mood.”

Q: How are your outfits going to be transitioning with the change of season?

A: “Less clothes! And you can tell people I sang that. I’m gonna be wearing so less. I hate clothes. That’s why I don’t really care about fashion.”

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