Brittney Xu

Name: Brittney Xu

College: Brown '14

Major: English & Economics

Describe your style in three words.
Evolving, Vibrant/Colorful

What was your style journey?
The way you dress shapes how others see you--it's always an experiment for me. It's fascinating that people react differently when I dress up and each outfit feels like a different costume or personality. That's why I can't quite pin down my personal style, because it's dependent on who I want to be that day. I believe in fashion's power to challenge people's expectations and speak against authority.

You say you experiment--what do you look for in people's expectations? What's a "successful experiment"?
If I'm trying to look good, I could try to get compliments, of course. If I'm feeling cynical, maybe I'll subvert how you're "supposed to dress". Any reaction is successful, because what I'm interested in is the reaction and the social context behind it. It's more of what I can do to myself.

Do you pay attention to fashion and trends?
Yes, to a point. I like to try out new trends, but I know what works for my body type. It's an exercise in imagination, and I think trends work well with that--it's new material.

Best and worst style decisions/outfits you've done?
Best: I found a velvet evening gown from Goodwill with a thigh slit and I wore it with an oversized T-shirt that said "it-girl" on it. I liked it because it was unexpected, and it reflects how much I like to go thrifting. I like to think about how the items came to the thrift store. Every vintage piece has a story, and I can incorporate that into my story, and how I wanted to look that day.

Style tips?
Know your body type, know what looks good on you. Don't be afraid to experiment, but at the end of the day, you have the power to say yes or no to certain fashions and how they define you.


Ashley Ugarte

Name: Ashley Ugarte

College: Martel

Major: Health Sciences and Environmental Policy Studies

Describe your style: Sexy, Confident, Eclectic, with a touch of vintage

What inspires your style?: My mom, she was and still is a fashion icon in my eyes. Always starting trends and would rock MC Hammer pants back in the 80's. Gotta love her.

Favorite Place to Shop: Definitely secondhand clothing stores, thrift shops, and vintage boutiques. You run into lots of gems there. Then there's always Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, and Anthropologie, a few of my faves for when I decide against being entirely eco-friendly.  

Favorite clothing item: High-waisted anything. I seriously can't wear normal pants, shorts, or skirts anymore. 

#1 Accessory:  Earrings. Only studs. Otherwise I feel naked or look like a chola... no hoop earrings for me thank you very much! 

Tips, yo?: Don't be afraid to be yourself, as much of a cliche as that is, it always holds true, from style to making friends. If you wear what you want and don't care what other people will say or think, you can rock anything... even my mom's MC hammer pants.


Nathan Alison

Name: Nathan Alison

College: Brown College '14

Major: Computer Science

Describe your style: Classy-ish, geek-chic.

What motivates you to dress up everyday? It's a cascading feedback loop---people liked it when I dressed up so I started experimenting more until I dress like this everyday. People actually get mad when I don't dress up. It makes me more confident and helps me stand out---plus it's fun.

Any fashion faux pas? Senior year of high school, I wore exclusively pastel polo shirts.

How do you feel about fashion trends? I believe in them so much as they are something to subvert. They exist but you can work around them.

What inspires your style of dressing? I try to be as unbound by time period as possible. My bow tie/suit combo has been around since the 1800's. I purposefully fit different decades into my aesthetic.

Any fashion advice? Maybe a lot of people have the mindset that "You don't have to worry about dressing up because you're a guy", but you should try it. It does make you more confident and helps you think about how you present yourself.

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