I found Ahmed on the plaza and HAD to take a photo of him. It’s not every day you see a guy in a royal blue blazer with a fun accent scarf who totally pulls it off 100 percent. After chatting with Ahmed, I learned that he has a strong sense of style and knows how to put an outfit together by mixing current trends with classic looks. A blazer, slacks and scarf can be a totally different look by adding color and pattern!
Something I learned from Ahmed is to embrace your style wherever you are in world. We all know Minnesota it isn’t necessarily the fashion capital of the world, but that doesn’t mean we have to constantly wear flannels, boots and giant parkas (although sometimes it’s all you can wear if the weather is too extreme). Find clothes that reflect your personality and culture. Clothes and accessories are always more fun when they mean something to you.
Name: Ahmed Alsallal
CollegeFashionista: Explain your style for me.
Ahmed Alsallal: My style…I like to wear fashionable and unique clothes. I like slim fit pants and shirts, not too big and not too skinny. I don't like to wear something that a lot of people would be wearing. For example, a North Face jacket. My shoes have to match my belt and very occasionally has its own dress code, but I have to dress up even if I am going to class. Dress good, feel good!
CF: What are you wearing?
AA: My blazer, jeans, shoes, belt and scarf are from Zara. My shirt is from Sisley and my watch is Police.
CF: Where do you get your fashion inspiration?
AA: I get my fashion inspiration from my connection to the art and from my family — both the Saudi and Lebanese side.
CF: What are your two favorite pieces in your closet and why?
AA: My favorite two pieces are first my brown jeans — the ones on the picture because this color matches a lot of colors — and second, I love my D&G shirt because it is very unique and it has a very nice color pattern.
CF: Where do you prefer to shop and why?
AA: Most of the shops I like I find in Kuwait because they are European and they match my style better. Unfortunately, in MN there are not many shops that fit my style. My favorite place to shop is Zara.
CF: Where are you from? How is the fashion/style different there?
AA: I am from Saudi Arabia but I live in Kuwait. Fashion is a big part of life in Kuwait, so I am very influenced by that since I was raised there. People are obsessed with fashion and often compete with each other, but here in MN people only dress up for occasions.
How To: To recreate Ahmed’s bold and classic look, start with a pair of comfortable and versatile pants and a basic oxford button-up. Add a statement making blazer and throw on a fun patterned scarf to really add a little something to the look. Polish off the look with a watch and a pair of comfortable yet trendy shoes.